The Africa Elite – the independent firms you need to get to know

Just a few years ago, it seemed that all the internationalisation talk in the legal market was of Asia. Growth in the Far East remains a key target, but many firms are now desperately trying to ramp up their presence in another part of the world – Africa.

Today’s issue of The Lawyer focuses, for the first time, on Africa’s fast-growing legal market. While many international outfits claim to have worked on the continent, the reality is that the global business firms have the greatest depth. And they’ve got there by building solid relationships with the local independents.

Our inaugural Africa Elite report profiles 46 of sub-Saharan Africa’s leading firms. From the biggest, like South Africa’s ENSafrica, Nigeria’s Aluko & Oyebode or Kenya’s Anjarwalla & Khanna, to the smallest, such as Zambia’s Musa Dudhia & Co, our research has identified those firms which are leading the development of their local markets.

These firms all have the vision, experience and sophistication to play a key role on the work going on in their jurisdictions. They are the ones everyone needs to be trying to work with.

The Africa Elite also talks to in-house counsel, like Adefunke Adeyeye at Nigerian media company Silverbird Group, to gauge the way that the in-house market is growing. As in private practice, the key message is that while Africa’s development might be trailing that of Europe, it is catching up – and fast. Don’t miss out.

PS. This Friday The Lawyer’s Matt Byrne, Hannah Gannagé-Stewart and Joanne Harris will be joining a Dickson Minto led-team on an epic 300-mile cycle from London to Paris. We’re raising money for very worthwhile charities, and would love your support. Click here if you’d like to sponsor us. Thank you.

Also on The Lawyer:

  • White & Case offered Linklaters private equity associates up to £40,000 in ‘golden hellos’ to join star PE partners Richard Youle and Ian Bagshaw when they quit the magic circle firm
  • Pinsent Masons partners are warming up for the firm’s first contested leadership elections since incumbent managing partner David Ryan was elected in 1999
  • And staying on the Africa theme, Eversheds is formalising a three-year cooperation agreement to launch two offices in Morocco
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