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DLA shows African ambition with dual office launch

Global 100 firm goes alone after warning alliance firms to integrate

DLA Piper’s split from South African associate firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr two months ago has spurred the world’s second largest law firm into action, deciding to go it alone in Africa through launches in Morocco and Johannesburg.

The moves mark DLA’s first on-the-ground presence in Africa, having enjoyed a relationship with firms on the continent through its Africa group since 2006. The office in Casablanca is already open for business, while Johannesburg will launch by March 2016. The launches follow a warning to its associated firms that failure to integrate with the rest of the network could result in broken relationships and a competitor instead of a friend.