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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 74 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.





Social media – can you think of an organization that doesn't use it? While the benefits of using various platforms are widely recognised, more than ever the legal and commercial risks of using social media can be critical ones. Managing those risks can depend on the industry that you are in and the use you want to make of it. We know that clients around the world are interested in understanding collective experiences of risk and compliance when using social media. Collective experience is a powerful tool in addressing the compliance conundrum and making sense of how to prioritise effort and focus. If you would like to participate in our global survey, please click here.
This newsletter summarizes the view of the German tax authorities with respect to the application of these special clauses in German double tax treaties, in particular with respect to the definition of a non-taxation, the tax consequences of a non-taxation and the proof of taxation. Available in German version only.
In Germany, in case of non-compliance with labeling or registration requirements possible authority action is neither the only nor the largest threat for a company placing products on the market. The sharp sword to protect against is rather injuctive relief sought by a competitor. We have seen in recent practice that companies increasingly use this possibility to try to stop their competitors from selling products on the German market.
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We started with a vision of going global and were in eight countries before our 10th anniversary. Today we have 76 offices in 47 countries -- including the emerging markets so important to the growth of your business.
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