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Welcome to Baker & McKenzie in 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 seeking higher rates of return and fresh growth opportunities.

For more than 30 years, Baker & McKenzie has been helping clients seize those opportunities, overcome challenges and avoid the pitfalls of doing business on the world’s second largest continent. In 1986, we opened an office in Cairo, where our banking, capital markets, project finance and M&A practices are now ranked among the top in the region.

Our Africa Practice is comprised of experienced lawyers and tax advisers from Johannesburg, Cairo, Casablanca, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Beijing, Sydney, Chicago and Washington, DC who help clients navigate complex transactions in the energy, mining, infrastructure, telecom, information technology and financial services sectors.

Those transactions often require sophisticated knowledge of intellectual property laws, tax structures, mergers, acquisitions, banking and finance, as well as a deep understanding of the local markets. Many of our lawyers have lived and worked in African countries, gaining first-hand knowledge of the native cultures and business practices, particularly in the North Africa, Sub-Sahara and South Africa regions.

Named “Best Legal Adviser for Africa & the Middle East” by Global Finance magazine and ranked No. 1 for number of deals in emerging markets by mergermarket in 2010, we have the experience and knowledge to serve clients wherever they want to do business. Drawing on our global network of 77 offices, our Africa Practice provides practical advice to help companies and investors succeed in this diverse, intriguing region.

To learn more about our work in Africa, please read our brochure.





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We share an uncompromising commitment to excellence, which explains why more of our lawyers are included as leading lawyers in the Chambers Global Guide to the World’s Best Lawyers than any other Global 20 law firm.

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We are passionately global — it's in our DNA.

We started with a vision of going global and were in eight countries before our 10th anniversary. Today we have 77 offices in 47 countries -- including the emerging markets so important to the growth of your business.
We offer world-class career opportunities around the globe, while our entrepreneurial culture makes Baker & McKenzie a unique place to develop professionally.

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