DLA Piper, having recently closed three small offices around the world, has added a Nigerian firm to its 15-strong African alliance network.

The new addition to the global legal giant’s network on the continent is Lagos-based Olajide Oyewole, which was founded in 1965 and focuses on corporate and commercial law. According to its website, the firm has eight partners.

Across the continent, DLA Piper has relationships with independent firms in Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia, as well as its own offices in Morocco and South Africa.

DLA Piper provides knowledge management, business development, communications and training support to its alliance firms, and also provides a secondment programme whereby lawyers from alliance firms are posted to DLA offices throughout the world.

The firm launched its own Africa offices in Casablanca in 2015 and Johannesburg in 2016. DLA Piper opened its Johannesburg base following the breakdown in 2015 of its nearly decade-long alliance with leading South African firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr.

“The admission of Olajide Oyewole and its people to DLA Piper Africa is a real and significant development and reflects the strong relationship we have developed working together side by side for many years,” said a statement by DLA Piper COO Andrew Darwin. “It is a pleasure to officially welcome them to DLA Piper so that we can continue to support and serve clients together across all regions of this vast continent.”

Earlier this year, sibling publication Law.com reported on global law firms like DLA Piper increasingly looking to Africa for expansion opportunities.

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