Overview

Doing business in Africa offers unique opportunities and challenges, and with this comes a need to understand the cultural, economic and political nuances that exist across this continent. DLA Piper understands this need and is one of the most active law firms in Africa, with a multi-disciplinary team of lawyers working across numerous sectors and disciplines, and a substantial and established alliance with African firms. 

Through our extensive global reach and strong local market knowledge, we deliver legal services to a broad range of clients including project sponsors, governments, parastatals, private equity funds, banking and financial institutions and corporates active in mining and resources, transport, telecommunications, media, energy and infrastructure.

Our team

Our Africa team comprises over 200 lawyers based around the world who have worked on African related matters, based in key hubs such as London, New York, Paris, Dubai, Perth, Casablanca, Johannesburg, Hong Kong, and Beijing and focused on sectors such as energy, financial services, infrastructure, mining, real estate and telecoms, capable of working in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

Where we work

DLA Piper's growing African offering ensures that we can provide international best practice as well as operating at a national level, while providing a seamless service across multiple jurisdictions. The firm has significant experience of the local law in Francophone African countries (largely based on French civil law) as well as English and Portuguese-speaking African countries.

Furthermore, our ability to advise on local transactions is greatly enhanced by our familiarity with regional treaties such as the OHADA which provides a uniform commercial and company code in 17 African countries, as well as of UEMOA and ECOWAS directives.

Our African offices

DLA Piper’s commitment to Africa is steadfast and we have built a strong and comprehensive presence across the African continent. We combine leading local practitioners across Africa as well as DLA Piper 'Africa lawyers' – who focus on working across Africa. 

We have considerable experience of transactions in the most important business sectors for Africa, including financial services, oil and gas, power and water, infrastructure, telecoms, commodities and mining. We also have wide experience of litigation and international arbitration in and relating to the continent. 

DLA Piper Africa was founded to further formalise and reflect the unique relationship which DLA Piper has developed over years of working with carefully selected local law firms. The firms that are members of DLA Piper Africa are all leading independent law firms in their jurisdictions. The firms are highly rated and respected by peers and clients. 

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