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Gateway to Africa: Hogan Lovells ties-up with Routledge Modise

The queue of international firms looking to enter the South African market became one shorter in November, as transatlantic giant Hogan Lovells announced it had tied up with Routledge Modise after ten months of talks.

The 40-partner South African firm, an ally of Eversheds until October last year, will operate under the Hogan Lovells banner, but will not share the same profit pool, as local regulations prohibit it.

Current Routledge chairman Lavery Modise will retain his title in South Africa, while the directors of the firm will now be referred to as partners. The new team is not expected to take up any positions on Hogan Lovells’ board.