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About

Overview

DLA Piper is one of the most active law firms on the African continent, with multidisciplinary teams of lawyers helping clients across the region. 

Our teams have a deep understanding of African commercial, cultural and political issues, helping clients seize opportunities and overcome challenges. 

With decades of experience in all African jurisdictions and in multiple sectors, we understand client needs and focus on helping them to succeed, whether on transactions or in complex litigation and international arbitration. 

  • Ranked Band 1, Africa-Wide Legal Networks by Chambers Global from 2015-2020
  • #1 in Africa and Middle East M&A for deal volume (Mergermarket 2018 & 2019)
  • International Law Firm of the Year, Highly Commended (African Legal Awards 2018)

Strong local presence: Through DLA Piper Africa, we work in 20 African countries, providing an unrivalled local presence backed by one of the world’s biggest law firms. Our global Africa team comprises more than 200 lawyers in Johannesburg, Casablanca, London, New York, Paris, Dubai, Washington DC, Perth, Hong Kong and Beijing. 

Sophisticated clients look to DLA Piper to help them achieve their objectives, whether that means cross-border expansion, large infrastructure and energy projects, or making investments in and outside Africa. We work with national and international banks, multinationals, emerging businesses and startups, private equity funds and other investors, governments, and public entities. 

Sector-specific knowledge: We work across Africa’s most important industries and sectors including energy and natural resources, infrastructure, financial services, consumer goods and retail, industrials and technology. 

Proven in the region: Our client work includes advising FirstRand on a GBP1.1 billion banking takeover, acting for digital payments provider Cellulant on raising equity capital, and representing energy engineering firm Technip in a USD2 billion arbitration against Algerian state-owned energy company Sonatrach. 

Committed to the continent: Africa is a key focus for our global pro bono initiative. This includes increasing access to justice, promoting financial inclusion for women, and a global scholarships program to sponsor law students via funding, mentoring and internships. 

Get in touch to discuss how we can help you to achieve your objectives. 

DLA Piper Africa

DLA Piper Africa operates in 20 countries across the continent, offering unrivalled local skill and presence, backed by the resources of one of the world's largest law firms. The wider global Africa team is based in key hubs such as London, New York, Paris, Washington D.C., Dubai, Perth, Hong Kong and Beijing.

DLA Piper Africa is a Swiss verein whose members are comprised of independent law firms in Africa working with DLA Piper.

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DLA Piper Africa Chair and CEO

James Kamau
James Kamau IKMNairobi
David Church
David Church DLA PiperLondon
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