Baker & McKenzie in South Africa
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Welcome to Baker & McKenzie in South Africa

With its rich natural resources, growing financial markets and rapidly expanding economies, Africa is fast becoming the new frontier for global investors and multinationals. South Africa is particularly attractive given the sophistication of its financial markets, low business tax rates and strong transportation infrastructure.

For more than 30 years, Baker & McKenzie has been helping clients seize opportunities in South Africa and across the continent. Our Johannesburg-based team, an integrated part of our international Africa Practice, has worked on significant projects in more than 40 countries. We advise governments, domestic and multinational companies, project sponsors, banks and other financial institutions on a wide range of legal issues, including project finance, M&A, capital markets, dispute resolution, private equity, regulation and anti-trust and competition.

With deep knowledge of Africa’s local markets and a big-picture view of the economic and cultural diversity of the world’s second largest continent, we deliver practical, innovative solutions that meet the legal and business need of our clients.

Baker & McKenzie advised 34 lenders from around the world on the African Export-Import Bank's largest ever term loan, a USD458 million and EUR406.5 million facility. A cross-border team from Paris and Egypt member firm Helmy, Hamza and Partners advised Commerzbank, the sole coordinating bank, and the other lenders on the deal.
Continued increase in infrastructure development in the South African Development Community (SADC) signals a rise in financing and advisory work, as evidenced by deals such as the financing for Zambia Sugar. Baker & McKenzie South Africa acted as lead counsel to Standard Bank and Barclays Africa on the USD120 million deal.
According to projections by Baker & McKenzie’s Global Capital Markets group, planned IPOs by African companies are on course to raise over USD3.1 billion, the highest since 2010.
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