Doing business in Africa* offers unique opportunities and challenges. With this comes a need to understand the cultural, economic and political nuances that exist across the vast continent.

DLA Piper understands this need and is one of the most active law firms on the continent, with a multi-disciplinary team of lawyers working across numerous sectors.  Through our extensive global reach and strong local market knowledge, we deliver seamless legal services to a broad range of clients, including project sponsors, governments, parastatals and banking and financial institutions. 

DLA Piper advises leading international and African companies across all key sectors and aspects of commercial law, making it a leading business law practice in Africa 

*The DLA Piper Africa Group is an alliance of leading independent law firms working together across Africa. View a full list of the DLA Piper Africa Group members.  

  • Algeria

    B L & Associés is run by Algerian-based partner Fatima Zohar Bouchemla and Paris-based partner Mohamed Lanouar and has offices in Algiers. The firm comprises two partners and eight associates all of whom are admitted to practice in either Algeria or France. The team handles advisory matters including investment law, commercial contracts, M&A, capital markets, tax and customs law, insurance, construction and real estate as well as criminal, civil and commercial litigation matters.

    Please contact Florence Guthfreund-Roland in DLA Piper's Paris office for more information, Florence.Guthfreund-Roland@dlapiper.com, tel +33 1 40 15 25 08.

  • Botswana

    Established in 1890, Minchin & Kelly advises domestic clients in Botswana and also provides services to international clients wanting to invest or do business in the country.  The firm's long presence in Botswana, together with a highly skilled and internationally experienced team of lawyers, allows Minchin & Kelly to provide clients with commercial, legal and business solutions to complex issues in a manner that is sympathetic to and workable in Botswana.

    Main services:

    • Banking and finance
    • Commercial and corporate
    • Insurance 
    • Mining, minerals and energy 
    • Property 
    • Commercial and civil litigation 
    • Mergers and acquisitions 
    • General and criminal litigation 
  • Burundi

    Rubeya & Co – Advocates is a full service commercial firm offering legal support and advice to clients throughout Burundi. The firm opened in 2000 and now has three partners and nine associates.

    Main services:

    • Banking and finance 
    • Corporate 
    • Energy
    • Oil and gas 
    • Infrastructure 
    • Employment 
    • Hospitality and leisure 
    • Litigation and arbitration 
    • Mining and minerals 
    • IP and telecommunications 
    • Tax / audit 
    • Private equity 
  • Egypt

    Matouk Bassiouny is ideally placed to assist clients on cross-border transactions in the Middle East and North Africa. The firm focuses on advising multinationals, corporations, financial institutions and governmental entities on all legal aspects of doing business, concluding transactions and undertaking projects in Egypt and the region. Find out more in our brochure.

    Main services:

    • Corporate
    • Mergers and acquisitions
    • Capital markets
    • Finance and projects
    • Commercial
    • Dispute resolution
  • Ethiopia

    Founded in 1997 by Mehrteab Leul, a former judge of the High Court and government lawyer, Mehrteab Leul & Associates advises domestic as well as international clients interested in investing in Ethiopia. The firm helps clients with the legal issues relating to commercial and investment issues. The team is dedicated to navigating the complicated legal terrain by providing sound legal advice and effective representation tailored around clients' needs.

    Main services: 

    • Construction 
    • Contracts 
    • Corporate 
    • Government procurement and privatisation 
    • Insurance 
    • Investment 
    • Tax law 
    • Trademarks and patents 
    • Litigation and arbitration 
  • Ghana

    Established in 1990 and based in Accra, the lawyers at Reindorf Chambers are thoroughly experienced in Ghanaian law and provide services to domestic and international clients. Work ranges from negotiating, drafting and reviewing the most minor of agreements to representation in major litigation. Reindorf is noted for the attention to detail that it pays to each matter. They advise a wide range of clients and work closely with in-house counsel.  

    Main services: 

    • Mining 
    • Energy 
    • Oil and gas 
    • Project finance
    • Banking 
    • Corporate 
    • Commercial 
    • Tax 
    • Employment 
  • Kenya

    Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocats (IKM) has been providing commercial legal services in Kenya for over 25 years and has represented a wide variety of clients including national companies, multinational corporations operating in Kenya and abroad, NGOs, banks (local and international), Fortune 500 companies, listed companies, high net worth individuals, hotels, mining and exploration companies and telecommunication companies. IKM is ranked among the best commercial law firms in Kenya and the Chambers Global Guide has consistently ranked the firm highly in corporate/commercial and dispute resolution. The firm has also been cited as being "dynamic and growing" with a "refreshing and personal approach", "quality, personalised service" and "quick turnaround time".  

    Main services: 

    • Corporate and commercial 
    • Banking 
    • Employment 
    • Tax 
    • Real estate and construction 
    • Energy 
    • Insurance 
    • Capital markets 
    • Intellectual property 
    • Competition and monopolies 
    • Litigation and arbitration 
    • Private equity 
    • Public procurement 
  • Mauritius

    Juristconsult Chambers handles legal, corporate and fiduciary issues on a local and international basis. The team offers advice to investors, promoters, international legal and tax advisers and claims expertise in investment laws. They maintain close contact with relevant Ministries, Public Authorities and the Board of Investment to help clients in a proactive manner.  

    Main services: 

    • Corporate and commercial 
    • Banking and finance 
    • Aircraft and maritime 
    • Tourism, hospitality and leisure 
    • Intellectual property 
    • E-business 
    • Mining and natural resources 
    • Private equity and funds
    • Tax
  • Namibia

    Ellis Shilengudwa Inc is a corporate and commercial Namibian law firm founded by Philip Ellis in February 1997. Since 1 March 2011, the firm has been practicing under the name of Ellis Shilengudwa Inc.  

    Main services: 

    • Banking and finance 
    • Exchange control 
    • Commercial law 
    • Corporate 
    • Dispute resolution 
    • Conveyancing 
    • Intellectual property 
    • Aviation 
    • Oil and gas 
    • Mining and energy 

  • Rwanda

    Equity Juris Chambers provides a comprehensive business law service built around clients' needs and expectations. Their strategic commitment is to understand the broader issues at stake whilst thoroughly understanding clients' requirements. They advise local and international clients, including financial institutions, investors in the telecommunication and tourism industries, development agencies and government departments. A firm grasp of the local business environment and in-depth understanding of the region's intricate socio-economic environment is significantly aided by the diverse skills, interests and backgrounds of the attorneys.  

    Main services: 

    • Administrative and public law 
    • Corporate and commercial 
    • Litigation and arbitration 
    • Due diligence 
    • Employment law 
    • Financial services 
    • Intellectual property 
    • Mergers and acquisitions 
    • Tax 
    • Environmental law 

  • South Africa

    Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr is one of South Africa's largest business law firms, with significant national capacity and global reach. Based in Johannesburg and Cape Town, they have sizeable influence in both key financial centres in the country. Clients include national and international companies, from emerging businesses to multinationals, as well as public sector organisations. Industry experience includes aviation, energy, financial services, hospitality and leisure, insurance, mining and minerals.  

    Main services: 

    • Corporate and commercial 
    • Competition 
    • Dispute resolution 
    • Employment 
    • Environmental 
    • Finance and banking 
    • Intellectual property 
    • Pro bono and human rights 
    • Projects and infrastructure 
    • Real estate 
    • Tax 
    • Technology, media and telecommunications 
    • Trusts and estates 

  • Tanzania

    Based in Dar es Salaam and Mwanza, Ishengoma Karume Masha & Magai (Advocates) ('IMMMA Advocates') was established in 1997 and has become a leading corporate law practice in Tanzania. Clients include local and international businesses from various industries and from both the public and private sectors.  

    Main services: 

    • Banking and finance 
    • Commercial litigation 
    • Mining and natural resources 
    • Telecommunications 
    • Infrastructure 
    • Tax 
    • Energy, oil and gas 
    • Corporate 
  • Uganda

    Founded in 1980, Sebalu & Lule Advocates is one of the oldest and largest law firms in Uganda. It is a full service corporate and commercial law firm covering all areas of commercial and civil law. The firm has gained international recognition in Chambers Global and the IFLR Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms

    Main services: 

    • Banking and finance 
    • Insurance 
    • Mergers and acquisitions 
    • Finance and projects 
    • Capital markets 
    • Oil and gas 
    • Corporate and commercial 
    • Real estate 
    • Dispute resolution 

  • Zambia

    At Chibesakunda & Co they have significant experience across the legal spectrum, having acted for a variety of clients in many of Zambia's most significant transactions. Close client contact combined with their relationship with DLA Piper has enabled them to handle wide-ranging matters for government, public and private enterprise.

    Main services: 

    • Banking and finance 
    • Corporate and M&A 
    • Commercial litigation 
    • Corporate advisory 
    • Real estate 

Related Relationship Firms

  • Accra
    Reindorf Chambers
    20 Jones Nelson Road Adabraka
    Accra
    P.O. Box 821, Accra
    Ghana

    T: +233 302 225 674

    F: +233 21 220218

  • Addis Ababa
    Mehrteab Leul & Associates
    Africa Avenue Street
    Dembel City Center
    8th Floor
    Addis Ababa
    Ethiopia

    T: +251 115 159798

  • Bujumbura
    Rubeya & Co Advocates
    28 Avenue de l'Industrie
    Bujumbura
    BP 202
    Burundi

    T: +257 79 92 13 60

    willy@rubeya.bi

  • Cairo
    Matouk Bassiouny
    13 Mohamed Ali Genah Street - Garden City
    Cairo
    Egypt

    T: +202 2795 4228/8179 ext 104

    F: +202 2795 4221

  • Cape Town
    Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr
    12th Floor, 11 Buitengracht Street
    Cape Town
    8001
    South Africa

    T: +27 (0)21 481-6300

    F: +27 (0)21 481-6388

  • Dar es Salaam
    Ishengoma Karume Masha & Magai (Advocates)
    (IMMMA Advocates)
    IMMMA House, Plot No 357, United Nations Road, Upanga PO Box 72484
    Dar es Salaam
    Tanzania

    T: +255 22 211 1622

    F: +255 22 211 1621

  • Gaborone
    Minchin & Kelly
    Plot 688 Khwai Road
    (Off Botswana Road)
    PO Box 1339
    Gaborone
    Botswana

    T: +267 391 2734

    F: +267 390 8500

  • Johannesburg (Sandton)
    Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr
    1 Protea Place Sandown Sandton
    Johannesburg
    2196
    South Africa

    T: +27 (0)11 562 1000

    F: +27 (0)11 562 1111

  • Kampala
    Sebalu & Lule Advocates & Legal Consultants
    East African Development Bank Building
    Plot 4, Nile Avenue
    PO Box 2255
    Kampala
    Uganda

    T: +256 414 232604

    F: +256 414 230521

  • Kigali
    Equity Juris Chambers
    Plot No 1372 Kacyiru North
    Opposite Diplomat Hotel
    PO Box 6381
    Kigali
    Rwanda

    T: +250 7883 03877

  • Lusaka
    Chibesakunda & Company
    Maanu Center (2nd Floor)
    Stand no. 4647, Beit Road
    Addis Ababa Roundabout
    PO Box 30279
    Lusaka
    Zambia

    T: +260 211 254151/366400/366499

    F: +260 211 254128

  • Mwanza
    Ishengoma Karume Masha & Magai (Advocates) (IMMMA Advocates)
    1st Floor, IMMMA House, Plot No 34, Uhuru Street, PO Box 1906
    Mwanza
    Tanzania

    T: +255 28 250 0854

    F: +255 28 250 0977

  • Nairobi
    Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates
    IKM Place, Tower A, 5th Floor 5th Ngong Avenue, Off Bishops Road
    Nairobi
    P.O. Box 11866-00400
    Kenya

    T: +254-20- 2711021

    F: +254-20- 2710988

  • Port Louis
    Juristconsult Chambers
    Level 6, Newton Tower
    Sir William Newton Street
    Port Louis
    Mauritius

    T: +230 208 5526

    F: +230 208 5586

  • Windhoek
    Ellis Shilengudwa Inc
    24 Orban Street
    PO Box 3300
    Windhoek
    Namibia

    T: +264 61 242 224

    jurie@ellisnam.com