Norton Rose Fulbright expands its footprint in Africa through strategic alliances

Global Firm February 24, 2015

Global legal practice Norton Rose Fulbright continues to expand its footprint in Africa by agreeing strategic alliances with leading law firms Shonubi Musoke & Co Advocates in Uganda, and Gill, Godlonton & Gerrans in Zimbabwe.

Shonubi Musoke & Co Advocates is one of Uganda’s top tier law firms with offices in Kampala, Uganda, and with an association in Bujumbura, Burundi. Gill, Godlonton & Gerrans is one of Zimbabwe’s largest law firms and is based in Harare. The firms will collaborate on selected client matters to provide seamless legal support to clients, particularly in the areas of energy and infrastructure. The alliances will see Norton Rose Fulbright significantly extend its current African coverage, which comprises offices in Dar es Salaam, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Casablanca, into East Africa and Zimbabwe.

Rob Otty, managing director of Norton Rose Fulbright in South Africa, commented:

“Our alliance with Gill, Godlonton & Gerrans and Shonubi Musoke & Co Advocates reflects the strategic importance of Africa to our global business. Gill, Godlonton & Gerrans and Shonubi Musoke & Co Advocates bring an unparalleled breadth of experience in their respective countries, which will now be available to our clients.”

Peter Martyr, global chief executive, Norton Rose Fulbright, commented:

“Africa is a key hub for our clients, and expanding across the region is of great importance to us. We see immediate opportunities in Africa in particular across energy and infrastructure, mining and commodities. Investment into other sectors is also gaining pace, particularly in financial institutions, technology and agriculture.

These alliances mark a significant step forward in the development of our African practice, and will further enhance our global offering.”

Norton Rose Fulbright has worked with Shonubi Musoke & Co Advocates for more than 15 years and has worked with Gill, Godlonton & Gerrans for more than 20 years.

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Notes for editors:

Shonubi Musoke & Co Advocates

Shonubi Musoke & Co Advocates is one of the largest corporate and commercial law firms in Uganda and is ranked a top tier firm by Chambers Global and IFLR1000. The firm was established in Kampala in 1987 and now has 24 professionals, including six partners. It focuses on corporate, banking, dispute resolution, employment and IP, and has particular expertise in the financial institutions, mining and transport sectors.

Gill, Godlonton & Gerrans

Gill, Godlonton & Gerrans is one of the largest corporate and commercial law firms in Zimbabwe and is top ranked for general business law by Chambers Global, and as a top tier firm in energy and infrastructure by IFLR1000. It regularly advises major international and Zimbabwean domestic clients across the spectrum of legal disciplines.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright is a global legal practice. We provide the world’s pre-eminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. We have more than 3800 lawyers and other legal staff based in more than 50 cities across Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.

Recognized for our industry focus, we are strong across all the key industry sectors: financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and healthcare.

Wherever we are, we operate in accordance with our global business principles of quality, unity and integrity. We aim to provide the highest possible standard of legal service in each of our offices and to maintain that level of quality at every point of contact.

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, Norton Rose Fulbright Australia, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP and Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc are separate legal entities and all of them are members of Norton Rose Fulbright Verein, a Swiss verein. Norton Rose Fulbright Verein helps coordinate the activities of the members but does not itself provide legal services to clients.

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