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Global Governance and Compliance

Our experienced governance and compliance lawyers help clients with international operations to meet the evolving and sometimes conflicting expectations of regulatory and enforcement agencies. 

We have the global breadth, local knowledge and industry experience to guide African and global multinational clients in all aspects of designing, implementing and managing compliance programs, assessing and mitigating risk, remediating compliance issues and running internal investigations. 

Local insight, global reach: with lawyers in 20 African countries, our teams understand the political, legal, cultural and regulatory issues in the region. Our global Africa team comprises more than 200 lawyers in Johannesburg, Casablanca, London, New York, Paris, Dubai, Perth, Hong Kong and Beijing. 

As one of the world’s largest law firms, we can provide a fully coordinated approach across multiple jurisdictions for a seamless client experience

Regulators often investigate whether a compliance program is truly integrated or whether it is simply a paper program: the best program in the world is ineffective if it cannot be adequately implemented. This is why our team includes former general counsels and in-house chief compliance counsel alongside business leaders to help ensure we are providing practical, actionable advice

A compliance program is equally ineffective unless it also allows you to conduct business profitably and efficiently. We tailor our advice and recommendations so that they can be implemented, to eliminate or mitigate a company’s biggest legal risks, without disrupting lawful business goals and practices. 

Key capabilities include: 

  • “tone at the top” and building an ethical culture
  • awareness
  • structure and governance
  • budget
  • benchmarking
  • code of business conduct and ethics
  • policy review, reconciliation and awareness
  • training
  • complaint channels and ethics hotline
  • reporting and metrics
  • escalation protocols 

Please contact us to discuss how we can help you to achieve your objectives.