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Combining the knowledge of local laws and cultures with a global reach is just one of the ways Baker & McKenzie separates itself from other firms. Our genuinely global perspective allows us to operate without boundaries around the world, in every jurisdiction that is important to your business.

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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.

Only on 30 July 2014, the EU had significantly intensified its sanctions against Russia in reaction to the developments in the Ukraine. As tensions in the Ukraine continue to increase, less than six weeks later the EU again tightened its measures against Russia as well as against leading personnel in Crimea and in Eastern Ukraine on 12 September 2014. The Client Alert outlines the new measures and discusses its requirements.
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Every day our more than 4,000 lawyers, economists, tax advisors and other professionals share insights and best practices across borders and practices. We speak more than 75 languages and represent more than 55 nationalities, and the close relationships among our people fosters the trust needed to develop and deliver world-class solutions to multinational clients.

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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Passionately global
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 76 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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