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Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance

Africa

We have worked in Africa for over 50 years and are recognised as one of the leading international law firms across the Continent. We bring global expertise to leading international and African corporate, banks and financial investors within a local context.

A seamless service for complex transactions

Proud of offering our clients a seamless experience and focusing above all on their needs for a successful outcome, collaboration is at the core of our African practice. Our team works on complex, high-profile, innovative and often cross-border matters in all sectors across the Continent. We deliver our advice by combining our leading international expertise gained from work across the globe, including from our 20+ Africa Practice Leaders, with the local knowledge of our Regional Teams and advice from Africa's premier law firms. We maintain and develop robust and lasting relationships with African firms through a dedicated African Counsel Initiative, managed by our Regional Teams. We believe this model is ‘best in class’ amongst our peers as it brings together our international sector and product expertise with the relevant expertise from the most suitable African law firms, all coordinated under a 'one-stop shop' approach.

A long-time commitment to Africa

In addition to the above, our pro bono work has long been a fundamental part of our commitment to the Continent and forms a traditional pillar of our strategy in Africa and is coordinated by a dedicated Africa pro bono team. Recently, we have been involved with several NGOs either in the context of their Covid-19 response work or for other programmes and initiatives in African countries, advising, for instance, on legal reforms or projects in the space of education, access to justice, healthcare and inclusion. Notably, our award-winning flagship Cornerstone initiative in Rwanda aims at improving well-being in the poorest communities in Kigali.

 

Diversity & Inclusion

Our team comprises a wide range of lawyers, each of whom bring their own culturally diverse experiences, which is what makes our Africa Practice so exceptional and influential. Diversity and inclusion are intrinsic values of our firm and among the pillars of our firm's code of conduct. Each member of the Practice offers a unique set of skills and expertise, shaped by their varying multicultural backgrounds and the different paths which they have taken to arrive at where they are. What ultimately brings them together is that they embrace their differences and make them their strengths.

Directory and client comments

Comments and rankings in independent legal directories show that clients recognise that our approach delivers results:

  • "Clifford Chance is great in Africa."
  • "Their knowledge of Africa is one of the best in the market."
  • "Very good experience, both locally and internationally, and they were proactive, commercially minded and extremely resourceful."
  • "A lead player in this vast developing market, and its involvement in Africa is going from strength to strength."
  • "Excellent continental advice."
  • "This firm is undoubtedly one of the leading Africa practices, with a clear commitment to a wide variety of projects and energy work."
  • "A leader in the African projects and energy market, demonstrating top-drawer capability in power, oil and gas, infrastructure and mining"
  • "Highly regarded international arbitration capacity"
  • "Possesses impressive expertise in a range of financial instruments"
  • "Acclaimed practice group regularly instructed by African sovereign entities and major corporate issuers on various capital markets arrangements and issuances across the continent."
  • "High-end Africa department representing blue–chip international and African clients in big–ticket mandates."
  • "They have experience in niche markets that a lot of others don't" 
  • "They have relationships that really help."

Chambers Global Africa-wide – Projects and Energy – Band 1 – 2011-2022

Chambers Global Africa-wide – Corporate and M&A – Band 1 – 2011-2022

Awards

  • Legal Advisor of the Decade – Private Equity Africa Awards 2022
  • Overall Legal Advisor of the Year 2013-2022 – Private Equity Africa Awards
  • National Law Firm of the Year: Morocco 2022 – IFLR Africa Awards
  • Private Equity Team of the Year 2022 – IFLR Africa Awards
  • Project Finance Team of the Year 2022 – IFLR Africa Awards
  • Africa-wide Corporate Law Firm of the Year 2022  – Chambers Africa Awards
  • Morocco Law Firm of the Year 2022 – Chambers Africa Awards
  • MENA M&A Legal Adviser of the Year 2022 – Mergermarket European M&A Awards
  • Capital Markets Legal Adviser of the Year 2021 – Bonds & Loans Africa Awards
  • Best International Pro Bono Award 2021 – LawWorks Awards
  • International Law Firm of the Year 2021 – IFLR Africa Awards
  • National Law Firm of the Year: Morocco 2021 – IFLR Africa Awards
  • Private Equity Team of the Year 2021 – IFLR Africa Awards
  • M&A Team of the Year 2021 – IFLR Africa Awards
  • Restructuring Team of the Year 2021 – IFLR Africa Awards
  • Regional Law Firm of the Year: Francophone Africa 2021 – Chambers Africa Awards
  • Project Finance: Energy, Infrastructure, Natural Resources Team of the Year 2020 – IFLR Sub–Saharan Africa Awards
  • African Legal Adviser of the Year 2019 – IJ Global Awards
  • Deals Legal Advisor of the Year 2018-2019 – Private Equity Africa Awards
  • African Fundraising Deal of the Year 2018 – Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund – IJ Global Awards
  • Africa-wide Projects & Energy Law Firm of the Year 2018 – The Chambers Africa Awards for Excellence

Please visit our Africa regional pages to view our regional awards.

What we offer you

Complete geographical coverage

Our Africa Practice is truly pan-African and spans the entire continent. We deliver our services through our regional office in Morocco, five dedicated Africa Regional Teams, 20+ Africa Practice Leaders specialising in various products and sectors and more than 200 Clifford Chance lawyers around the globe, particularly in Paris, London, Amsterdam, Germany, the United States, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. They are experts in their fields, multi-lingual and culturally fluent.

Full-service capability

Each of our 20+ 'Africa Practice Leaders' has a specific focus on a sector or area of law. They are aware of the latest industry, legal and regulatory developments both globally and in Africa, bringing their knowhow and business acumen to the service of our clients. They strive for the same expertise and excellence in these areas in Africa as we do globally.

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Working with the best African lawyers

Through our African Counsel Initiative, we are privileged to work in close collaboration with the top law firms in Africa, and we meet on a regular basis to nurture and deepen those relationships. Furthermore, we have developed our own Clifford Chance Africa Academy which provides world-class training for lawyers at the African law firms with which we work regularly.

Our Africa practice in numbers

 

200 lawyers around the globe

20+ Africa Practice Leaders

5 dedicated regional teams

1 regional office in Morocco

400 active transactions in 43 African countries over the last 12 months

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