Into Africa: Orrick launches Cote d’Ivoire presence as Gide announces Morocco union with Cuatrecasas

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The race by firms to establish a presence in Africa continues apace as Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe has today (20 October) announced the launch of an affiliated office in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, the third-largest French speaking City in the world, while leading European firms Gide Loyrette Nouel and Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira have created a union of their Morocco practices in a bid to bolster their presence in one of North Africa’s most politically stable regions.

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Into Africa: A&O launches Johannesburg office with Bowman Gilfillan team

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Having been speculated over for some time, Magic Circle firm Allen & Overy (A&O) has, today (8 August), announced its entrance into South Africa with the launch of an office in Johannesburg, and hired a seven-strong banking and finance team from local firm Bowman Gilfillan.

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Turkey and Africa expansion on the cards for Pinsents

Following an extremely acquisitive year since its strategic alliance with Salans came to an end, Pinsent Masons shows no signs of slowing down, with Turkey and Africa next in its sights for 2013.

According to a spokesperson at the firm, Pinsents is considering a joint venture or alliance in Turkey next year and its recent launch in Paris also potentially provides access to the energy and infrastructure market in northern and sub-Saharan Africa.

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