Africa has seen its fastest economic growth to date in the energy and infrastructure, mining and commodities sectors. Investment in other sectors ranging from financial institutions to technology and food security is also rising, along with Africa’s appetite for consumer goods and services such as financial services, mobile commerce and retail brands.
We have worked with a wide range of clients in Africa (some for many years) particularly in corporate, M&A and securities, banking and project finance, and dispute resolution and litigation. Africa’s industry growth trends are a perfect match for our key sector strengths: financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and healthcare.
Norton Rose Fulbright has one of the largest legal footprints in Africa of any international law firm and has been advising on deals in Africa for over 30 years. This is evident in our experience of working in over 45 African jurisdictions both advising on transactions and on-going commercial operations and also assisting clients to build their businesses both on the continent and internationally. We advise on a variety of common and civil laws, including English, Tanzanian, French, Moroccan and South African law, and have experience in Lusophone jurisdictions, specifically Mozambique and Angola.
The firm’s African footprint is unrivalled – our on the ground presence with offices in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Casablanca demonstrates the strategic importance of Africa to our global business. We continue to extend our reach through strategic alliances with Shonubi Musoke & Co Advocates in Uganda, Shonubi, Musoke, Gilbert & Partners in Burundi, Gill, Godlonton & Gerrans in Zimbabwe and most recently with Walker Kontos in Kenya.
Our global presence enables us to manage transactions across the developing axes of growth between Africa, Australia, Canada, China, India, Russia and the United States. Africa’s trade volumes with these and other emerging partners have doubled in value over the last decade, and inbound investment from trans-national corporations continues to rise.
Our clients include Africa’s major banks, development funds, private equity funds, export credit agencies, and government agencies, and companies active in mining and resources; transport; technology; media; telecommunications; energy; utilities; and financial institutions.