Eversheds has unveiled a new pan-African strategy which will see the firm move back into South Africa and launch offices in Ghana, Kenya, Morocco and Tunisia.
The firm has also launched the Eversheds African Law Institute (EALI), signing up firms from 14 countries to participate in the venture. The institute is designed to allow member firms to access training programmes and share business opportunities across the continent.
The institute comes in addition to Eversheds’ plans to open its own offices in Africa. The proposals include a move back into South Africa, which the firm exited last year after a row over conflicts forced a split with local ally Routledge Modise (22 October 2013).
The latest move follows indications earlier this year that Eversheds was planning to intensify its focus on Africa (17 June 2013). The firm has an existing cooperation agreement in Morocco (28 March 2011) but no other presence on the ground at the moment.
EALI will be led from Paris by Africa group head Boris Martor, supported by client services director Julie Stobart in London. As well as offering training to member firms, the institute will launch an African Prize for law students and hold an annual client-facing summit in Africa.
Martor said he hoped the institute would be able to spread best practice and strengthen Eversheds’ collaboration with its relationship firms in Africa. “I’m sure there will be many things that we can learn from each other through this unique forum,” he added.
EALI’s founding members are: Basma & Macaulay in Sierra Leone, Cabinet 2S in Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire firm Cabinet Brizoua-Bi Bile-Aka, Benin’s Cabinet Djogbenou, Sylla & Associés in Guinea, CWA Morocco, CWA Tunisia, Angola’s EVC Advogados, Mozambican firm AG Advogados, JLD & MB in Ghana, Sylla & Associés in Mali, Cabinet Yezid El yezid in Mauritania, Nigerian firm Perchstone & Graeys, Sudan’s El Hussein Ahmed Salih Law Firm and Cameroonian SCP Ngassam Njike & Associés.