SNR Denton heads out to Africa

There are a few bleary eyes at The Lawyer this morning as the tennis fans sleepily relive the early morning glories of Andy Murray’s epic US Open win. Murray is, of course, already minted but last night’s epic five-hour battle with Novak Djokovichas turned him into a living legend.

And yet still our collective legal market-focused heart beats faster at the news that SNR Denton is set to ramp up its coverage of Africa. Yes, those are our priorities and we’re sticking to them.

The firm already has one of the more comprehensive Africa networks among the big international US and UK outfits, having first added a South African firm to its network in 2009. Now it has signed up its second local member, Cape Town-based energy specialist KapdiTwala (see story).

Does anyone else think this is somehow reminiscent of Murray’s astonishing win, coming so soon on the back of his summer Olympic gold medal? No? Oh well.

On a more serious note, SNR Denton’s new two-partner outfit is a black economic empowerment (BEE) firm. Part of the international firm’s new role will be to support KapdiTwala in promoting this initiative.

According to KapdiTwala managing partner Noor Kapdi, this is the first time in the South African legal profession that there has been a collaboration to this extent between a global player and a BEE firm.

It might not exactly turn SNR Denton into a living legend, it might not even be game, set and match, but it could do wonders for the firm’s credentials in Africa.

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