With its latest African combination, the world’s largest law firm by headcount has gained an office…
With its latest African combination, the world’s largest law firm by headcount has gained an office in Lusaka.
International law firm Dentons has entered the market in Zambia after finalising its combination with local firm Eric Silwamba, Jalasi and Linyama Legal Practitioners.
The operation in Lusaka will trade as Dentons Eric Silwamba Jalasi & Linyama and practices in a range of areas including commercial, corporate, banking and finance law, dispute resolution, real estate, tax, mining, employment and intellectual property.
It was one of five combinations announced by Dentons in September 2019, along with similar moves in Morocco, Uganda, Angola and Mozambique.
The Angolan merger, with LEAD Advogados, was completed last month, and the firm now practices in Luanda as Dentons LEAD.
In a statement, Dentons’ global chief executive, Elliott Portnoy, said the firm intended to be a leader on the continent, adding: “Clients want access to leading talent in the markets where they do business and we can now connect clients to opportunities in Zambia and around the globe.”
Global chairman Joe Andrew expanded on that demand, saying “our clients are confronted with constant, accelerated change”, praising the new team as “talented and enterprising”.
Africa chief executive, Noor Kapdi, explained that the acquisition was part of the firm’s strategy to spread throughout the region through “combination firms who have the proven ability to offer sophisticated, high-quality legal services and business solutions in their home markets”.
Eric Silwamba himself said: “As part of Dentons, we can now offer our clients access to leading global talent and innovative business solutions to deliver high-quality service in Zambia and around the world.”
Dentons recently also unveiled the addition of a firm in Tanzania.
The beginning of December saw the founder of ENSafrica’s Ghanaian office depart for a career in business, while in recent months, Bowmans has made a banking and finance hire in South Africa, added a tax team in Kenya and formed an alliance in Nigeria.
Another international firm, Clyde & Co, secured an affiliation in Kenya at the start of October.