A continent on the rise – why top law firms are eager to tap into the African market
Andrew Jones of Linklaters is doing it. Kem Ihenacho of Clifford Chance (CC) is doing it. Philip Stopford and Stuart Matty of White & Case, Dentons' Paul Bugingo, Covington & Burling's Witney Schneidman – turns out they're all at it too. Regularly. What is it they're up to? The answer is short: travelling to Africa. They are among an expanding cadre of senior lawyers and advisers from leading global law firms who have been told to seek out opportunities and develop their practices on the vast continent.
Leading British and US law firms are spending more of their time eagerly chasing business in fast-growing Africa, but many are still puzzling over whether to seek local ‘best friends’, set up alliances, open offices or just carry on trying to do it from London and Paris. Caroline Thorpe reports
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