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Herbert Smith Freehills

Corporate/M&A

Band 2Africa-wideGlobal 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

High-profile Africa corporate group renowned for the strength of its mining practice with notable experience of infrastructure projects ranging from telecoms to oil and gas. Particularly active handling acquisitions, dispositions and joint ventures regarding upstream oil and gas assets and operations. Broad geographic scope of M&A activity across the continent with particular recognition in francophone countries and on OHADA law mandates. Services an impressive roster of clients from Africa, Europe and Asia from its global network of offices, with notable Africa-related work being handled from Johannesburg, Paris and London.

Work highlights

Acted as international counsel to Willis Towers Watson on the sale of its stake in businesses in 15 African markets, including Morocco, Niger, Madagascar and the DRC.

Notable practitioners

Paris-based partners Stéphane Brabant and Nina Bowyer co-chair the Africa practice group, alongside Martin Kavanagh in London and Peter Leon in Johannesburg.

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