Dentons will launch in Uganda through a tie-up with Kampala Associated Advocates.
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Dentons will launch in Uganda through a tie-up with Kampala Associated Advocates.
White & Case is opening an office in Cairo after announcing an association with new Egyptian law firm MHR & Partners.
East Africa’s M&A market has grown in recent years as dealmakers flock to the region to get a slice of growing business and lawyers are starting to follow. A number of multinationals have been making major bids from African nations over the last 18 months.
Places such as London and Singapore are still the main hubs for international arbitration but Nigeria has been attempting to raise its status in the past few years
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has launched a South African corporate practice with the hire of Bowman Gilfillan partner Rudolph du Plessis.
International law firms have been flocking to Africa in the past few years, with the continent’s growth potential coupled with tougher trading conditions elsewhere in the world spurring them on.
Having a presence in Africa has not necessarily been of benefit when it comes to acting on the profusion of energy and power deals that have taken place across the continent in the past 10 years
Baker & McKenzie and Hogan Lovells have bolstered their South African practices with a series of hires from local heavyweights.
Increased interest in the energy sector may spell further direct foreign investment into North Africa in 2016
Renewable energy has given southern Africa a new lease of life, while firms with specialist teams have capitalised on the growing client base.
South African firm ENSafrica has merged with Ghana’s Oxford & Beaumont to form ENSafrica Ghana, its seventh African jurisdiction. Oxford & Beaumont was founded in 2006 and currently has three partners and another 25 fee-earners, including a tax consultant. In 2010 the firm launched a representative office in London. ENSafrica deputy chief executive Mzi Mgudlwa […]
Baker & McKenzie has launched a South African employment practice with the hire of Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr’s director of employment, Johan Botes. Botes joins Bakers’ Johannesburg office as a partner. He is bringing associate Lauren Salt with him from Cliffe Dekker. His practice covers a wide range of employment law and labour relations issues, including […]
French firm Gide Loyrette Nouel is set to launch an office in Egypt’s capital city Cairo, its second expansion in the Middle East in four months.
Gide’s Cairo office will open in the first quarter of 2018 and the latest expansion is headed by partner Baudouin de Moucheron.
Norton Rose Fulbright TMT partner Dino Wilkinson has joined Clyde & Co to boost firm’s Abu Dhabi office.
DWF’s proposed Saudi launch comes just days after Clifford Chance closed its local office in favour of an alliance.
DWF is considering opening its first office in Qatar and additional offices across Europe as part of its latest plan to boost its international presence.
Taylor Wessing has boosted its presence in the Middle East after forming an alliance with Saudi Arabia-based Alsulaim Alawaji & Partners Law Firm.
Payne Hicks Beach construction and energy head Julian Critchlow will leave the firm on 1 June to set up his own practice focusing on Middle Eastern and East African legal work. The new firm will be called Al Bawardi Critchlow and is established in association with UAE firm Al Bawardi Advocates. It will be based […]
Central Asian-based Colibri Law has become the second international firm to enter the Iranian legal market after opening its doors in Tehran. The Iran team will focus on corporate work including joint venture agreements, merger control issues, and trade and regulatory issues. The firm is also looking to specialise in advising foreign firms looking to […]
Vinson & Elkins has become the latest firm to close in Abu Dhabi, with all staff set to relocate to its Dubai office. All staff in Abu Dhabi, including partner Rob Patterson, will move to Dubai from the end of March, with the firm continuing to have offices in both Dubai and Riyadh. The decision […]
White & Case has announced it has established a new association in Saudi Arabia with the Law Firm of AlSalloum and AlToaimi. Earlier this week The Lawyer revealed that White & Case had ended its five-year association with Waleed Al-Nuwaiser. The relationship came to an end in December and although the firm was known to […]
White & Case has ended its Saudi Arabian association with Waleed Al-Nuwaiser after five years. The US firm partnered with Al-Nuwaiser after Latham & Watkins poached its former associated partner Mohammed Al-Sheikh, but the alliance broke down late last year, The Lawyer can reveal. At the time Latham also picked up partner Christopher Langdon and the majority of […]
CMS has become the first international firm to open an office in Iran, two weeks after sanctions against the country were lifted by the US. Partners from the firm’s German arm, CMS Hasche Sigle, will lead the Tehran office, which now has the right to provide legal advice across the country. The office will be […]
Clifford Chance’s Saudi Arabia office could be forced into a major restructure following a legal challenge concerning the validity of joint ventures in the country. It has emerged the Saudi Ministry of Justice has launched an appeal to overturn the decision that granted Clifford Chance its joint venture application after one of the Saudi partners and […]
Data protectionism is on the rise across global technology networks and could be stunting tech growth and development, according to a report by Gowling WLG. According to the report, some of the world’s most successful technology economies, including Finland, Sweden, Korea, The Netherlands, UK and Canada, are susceptible to protectionist policies. All but the USA […]
This briefing highlights the following tax provisions: The 10% Special Contribution on Current Invisible Foreign Exchange Transactions, applicable to payments related with foreign technical assistance and management contracts, was extended for 2018 (applicable to management services and foreign technical assistance service contracts executed under Presidential Decree no. 273/11, 27 October 2011)…
The Disrupted Childhood Report, co-authored by the 5Rights Foundation, the charity advocating for children’s rights online, and Schillings, outlines the damaging effects of ‘persuasive design’* on childhood…
Snapchat’s map feature has been called “creepy” and “dangerous” by the media since its inception last year. The feature enables users to track their friends’ locations at any time, across the globe. This adds to a myriad of settings on the app which allow users to share their location with others. The very act of […]
The growth of the life sciences sector has been accompanied by a corresponding growth in related disputes, which are increasingly resolved by way of international arbitration. This insight explains why international arbitration is particularly well suited for the resolution of these disputes.
In its decision C-210/16 of 5 June 2018, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled on a dispute between a German academic institution and a German data protection authority. The institution operated a fan page on Facebook and collected user data via cookies, which were placed by means of a function called “Facebook Insights”. The purpose of […]
By Olivier Bustin The new Article 30 of the OHADA Uniform Act on Arbitration sets out two main principles: a very general one for all those who are familiar with international arbitration law and another, more innovative, one aimed at thwarting judicial practices that delay the enforceability of arbitral awards…
By David Aylen, Manuela Finger, Ines Lin, Denis Kolesnikov, Clémence Lapotre, Robert A. MacDonald, Jon Parker, Alice Stagg and Jian Xu This article explores if the exclusive rights in a trademark can be obtained in the course of trade without registration and what is the scope of such rights across Canada, China, France, Germany, Russia, UAE […]
By Jennifer Michael Being Driven to Change during a crisis can often be haphazard, fast-paced and incredibly stressful. It usually comes about because an event you haven’t planned for happens suddenly. If this event is a cyber attack, as a priority you will need to put measures in place to stop your private and confidential […]
By David E Brennan Data protectionism is on the rise across global technology networks and could be stunting tech growth and development, according to a report by international law firm Gowling WLG…
By Natércia Sitoe and Edneuza Massingue In the context of yet another reform of the regulations under the Exchange Law, notice 4/GBM/2018 of 13 April, which was approved by Banco de Moçambique, was published recently. This Notice arises out of what was established by the revision of the regulations of the Exchange Law introduced by Decree […]
This briefing contains developments in legislation for Cape Verde, Sao Tome and Principe, and Timor-Leste…