Dentons to boost Africa links with SA alliance
Denton Wilde Sapte is gearing up to boost its links into Africa with the City law firm on the verge of securing an alliance with South African practice Glyn Marais.Dentons is in advanced discussions with the Sandton-based firm with a view to setting up an association by the beginning of next year.Glyn Marais, which focuses on banking, corporate finance and real estate development work, has 12 partners across offices in Sandton, Cape Town and Pretoria.The alliance would mark the first foray into South Africa for Dentons, which already has links with eight firms in the African region, covering Algeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Rwanda, Ghana, Mauritius and Botswana. A spokesperson from the firm said: "If [the association with Glyn Marais is] concluded they would join our existing network of nine associate firms in Africa to provide our clients an even fuller service across the continent."Other City firms to establish referral relationships in South Africa include DLA Piper, which aligned with Cliffe Dekker in 2005 and Eversheds, which formalised an alliance with 60-partner Routledge Modise in April this year. The news comes a month after Dentons launched a review into its association with Tanzanian firm Mkono & Co. Mkono had signed an agreement with US law firm Hunton & Williams claiming the relationship with Dentons was non-exclusive.Dentons has said it would continue to monitor its relationship with Mkono to see whether the agreement with Huntons impacts its service levels to clients.
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