Dentons furthers pan-African play as it announces five new local deals

Dentons furthers pan-African play as it announces five new local deals

Dentons is showing no sign of slowing its expansion spree of late, making it ten tie-ups in less than two months after announcing it is to enter another five African countries and add a further 54 lawyers to its ranks.

The 10,000-lawyer firm said it is to combine with a firm each in Angola, Morocco, Mozambique, Uganda and Zambia, building on what chief executive Elliott Portnoy described as a strategy to ‘become the first pan-African law firm, owned and controlled by Africans’. Continue reading “Dentons furthers pan-African play as it announces five new local deals”

Seven wonders: Globetrotting Dentons combines with firms in Africa, the Caribbean and South East Asia

Seven wonders: Globetrotting Dentons combines with firms in Africa, the Caribbean and South East Asia

The world’s largest law firm by fee-earners, Dentons,  is continuing its relentless global expansion as it announces new combinations with seven law firms across Africa, the Caribbean and South East Asia today (14 March).

Dentons is combining with Hamilton, Harrison & Mathews in Kenya, Mardemootoo Solicitors and Balgobin Chambers in Mauritius, Dinner Martin in the Cayman Islands, Delany Law in the Eastern Caribbean, Hanafiah Ponggawa & Partners (HPRP) in Indonesia, and Zain & Co in Malaysia. The combinations mean the firms become full voting, contributing and participating members of the Dentons group, and are expected to launch later this year subject to partner approval and meeting regulatory requirements. Continue reading “Seven wonders: Globetrotting Dentons combines with firms in Africa, the Caribbean and South East Asia”

Africa latest chapter in Dentons global playbook as it targets Uganda through local tie-up

Africa latest chapter in Dentons global playbook as it targets Uganda through local tie-up

Dentons is to embark on another chapter of its global expansion by entering Uganda through a merger with the African country’s largest law firm, Kampala Associated Advocates (KAA).

As 2017 marks a return to acquisition mode after a quieter 2016, the firm will add yet another new member to its global network, bringing 26-lawyer KAA under the Dentons brand. Continue reading “Africa latest chapter in Dentons global playbook as it targets Uganda through local tie-up”

‘Reflecting a strong relationship’: DLA continues global expansion with Nigeria alliance

‘Reflecting a strong relationship’: DLA continues global expansion with Nigeria alliance

DLA Piper announced today (15 May) that it is entering Nigeria through an alliance with local firm Olajide Oyewole, following three minor office closures and one opening in the space of two months for the firm. Olajide Oyewole was established in 1966 and is based in Lagos. Continue reading “‘Reflecting a strong relationship’: DLA continues global expansion with Nigeria alliance”

DLA shows African ambition with dual office launch

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.

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