Africa Elite

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Africa has arrived – the signs are in private equity

Much of the existing analysis of Africa as a legal market has centred on infrastructure projects and natural resources. But firms with private equity (PE) practices are now starting to consider the continent as a long-term bet. Blackstone and KKR have set up specialist teams, while Permira and Carlyle are also active. The African Private […]

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Africa Elite 2015: The new face of private equity in Africa

This year’s Africa Elite reveals the domestic firms and international lawyers leading the continent’s rise. As this executive summary shows, private equity is a growing force Private equity is the story of Africa in 2015. With interest in the continent rocketing in recent years, investment houses are turning their eyes away from South Africa’s developed […]

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Africa Elite executive summary: firm profiles

Our essential guide to the top legal outfits south of the Sahara advising on private equity BOTSWANA Collins Newman & Co Founded: 1977 Offices: Gabarone Management: Managing partner Parks Tafa The Botswanan member of the Africa Legal Network, Collins Newman & Co is at the cutting edge of the country’s nascent private equity sector. Under […]


African in-house market set for rapid expansion, predict GCs

In-house counsel in African companies are quickly gaining prominence and control over their businesses’ legal function, The Lawyer research has shown. General counsel at major African organisations believe that like their counterparts in the UK and US, they are increasingly able to control their legal spend and bring work in-house. ”Across the board, in-house teams […]

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Global business firms lead the international pack in African relationships

The largest global business firms, such as Baker & McKenzie, Dentons, DLA Piper, Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) and Norton Rose Fulbright, have the deepest relationships with African independents, research by The Lawyer has indicated. Leading independent firms interviewed for The Lawyer Africa Elite 2014, published on Monday (31 March) named those international firms adopting a […]

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Limber up for the Africa play-offs

When The Lawyer was researching The Africa Elite, one of the questions we asked the continent’s top independent practices was which international firms they worked with or they would like to work with. The magic circle and Wall Street giants such as Latham and Sherman got plenty of respect, but what came out very clearly […]


Overview: The business case

A dynamic new generation of sub-Saharan lawyers is helping to guide the continent towards economic expansion There are two things everyone tells you about Africa: first, it is not one country, but 54; and second, that they are working there. The aim of The Lawyer’s first-ever Africa Elite report is to shine a spotlight on […]

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South Africa: Down and clout

South Africa’s status as the biggest and most developed legal market in the continent means it is still the destination of choice for foreign tie-ups South Africa is by far the most developed legal market in sub-Saharan Africa. Although the local economy has slowed recently, the country’s leading position means there are already plenty of […]

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