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Africa as a continent has consistently delivered elevated growth rates over the last decade and is increasingly being seen as a major growth opportunity for corporates and investors who are looking to expand into new markets and build global businesses. Benefitting from these new opportunities across key sectors requires guidance through the diverse challenges of this vast continent. For over 50 years, CMS’s lawyers have developed a track record of significant deals in Africa. This means we know the legal systems, the economies and the professionals on the ground.

CMS brings together our firms with local roots and experts around a unique model and aligned practices to provide our clients with the best support in Africa. We have a presence in the most dynamic regional hubs – Casablanca, Johannesburg and Nairobi – providing us with strong regional footprint, sustained by offices in Algiers, Luanda and Mombasa. CMS Africa offers the ideal alternative for tax and legal services in Africa, a position that is being reinforced through new expansions.

CMS has over 4,800 lawyers working in more than 40 countries worldwide. Our Africa practice utilises the experience of this global coverage to advise on African matters with local and international clients who wish to invest in the region. The diverse approach comes from our position as one of the largest law firms worldwide. This means we are able to cover your needs across the whole continent.

CMS can provide you with advice on local laws across most jurisdictions as well as pan-African laws and structures such as OHADA, WAEMU and CEMAC. Our Africa practice has a deep understanding of the key financial and economic shifts in the region. This includes the emergence of agriculture and agribusiness, leisure, consumer goods, services and telecommunications and infrastructure development and operation as key growth areas for the continent. Our market-leading energy, infrastructure and natural resources practice also provides a significant insight into the development of the energy, oil and gas and mining sectors in Africa.

Contact us via our online form or give us a call if you are seeking experienced legal experts to help you successfully grow and expand your business interests in Africa.

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18/01/2023
Tax lit­ig­a­tion pro­ceed­ings
Un­der the Fin­ance Act for 20231, the pro­ced­ur­al rules of tax lit­ig­a­tion have un­der­gone cer­tain changes/ad­just­ments presen­ted as fa­vour­able to tax­pay­ers. Leg­al stay of pay­ment: the tax au­thor­it­ies will...
13/01/2023
ODPC in Kenya Cracks the Whip on Non-Com­pli­ance
The Of­fice of the Data Pro­tec­tion Com­mis­sion­er (the Reg­u­lat­or) on 21 Decem­ber 2022 is­sued its first pen­alty against OPPO Kenya for the sum of KES 5 mil­lion (USD 40,600) for de­fault to com­ply with an...
21/12/2022
More black­outs, less rev­en­ue for the gov­ern­ment
It is shock­ing that the South Afric­an gov­ern­ment seems not to re­gard the now reg­u­lar power black­outs last­ing four hours at a time as the single biggest risk to South Africa’s eco­nom­ic growth and to...
30/11/2022
CMS Ex­pert Guide to In­ter­na­tion­al Ar­bit­ra­tion
We live in a con­nec­ted glob­al en­vir­on­ment where the num­ber and com­plex­ity of in­ter­na­tion­al trans­ac­tions is ever in­creas­ing.  As a con­sequence, the policies and activ­it­ies in one area of the world can...
08/02/2023
Cost-cut­ting and re­struc­tur­ing in times of crisis
A tough glob­al eco­nom­ic out­look is driv­ing many em­ploy­ers to re­view their op­er­a­tion­al costs. Across busi­nesses, hard ques­tions are be­ing asked about where ef­fi­cien­cies can be made – and ul­ti­mately what...
14/11/2022
Ac­quir­ing & Los­ing Land in Kenya
Ad­verse pos­ses­sion re­mains to be an emotive leg­al prin­ciple and courts have con­tin­ued to af­firm it as a val­id way of ac­quir­ing land. Through this prin­ciple, a per­son in hos­tile pos­ses­sion of an­oth­er per­son's...
10/11/2022
The ma­li­cious threat of ghost em­ploy­ees in or­gan­isa­tions
Or­gan­isa­tions face a mul­ti­tude of com­mer­cial crime risks. These in­clude fraud, theft, cy­ber­crime, and cor­rup­tion. Fraud is a sig­ni­fic­ant risk that or­gan­isa­tions face, and or­gan­isa­tions need to be cog­nis­ant...
08/11/2022
CMS Ex­pert Guide: Data Law Nav­ig­at­or
Data provides a whole range of op­por­tun­it­ies but also in­cludes new and unique risks for com­pan­ies, gov­ern­ments and in­di­vidu­als. From sec­tor-spe­cif­ic nu­ances to loc­al derog­a­tions from the EU GDPR, sim­ul­tan­eously...
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02/11/2022
CMS Ex­pert Guide to whis­tleblower pro­tec­tion & re­port­ing chan­nels
In Oc­to­ber 2019, in the wake of a num­ber of whis­tleblower rev­el­a­tions (es­pe­cially the in­dus­tri­al-scale tax avoid­ance schemes re­vealed in the LuxLeaks scan­dal), the European Uni­on ad­op­ted the Whis­tleblower...
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26/10/2022
Na­tion­al So­cial Se­cur­ity Fund (NSSF) Act De­clared Un­con­sti­tu­tion­al
In a land­mark judge­ment de­livered on 19 Septem­ber 2022, the Em­ploy­ment and La­bour Re­la­tions Court in Nairobi de­clared the Na­tion­al So­cial Se­cur­ity Fund (“NSSF”) Act un­con­sti­tu­tion­al, null and void...
06/10/2022
CMS Ex­pert Guide to Dis­missals and Ter­min­a­tion of Em­ploy­ment
This year has seen un­em­ploy­ment reach his­tor­ic lows in many eco­nom­ies. With in­fla­tion and in­terest rates rising, how­ever, em­ploy­ers may face fresh pres­sures to re­view their work­force and see where ef­fi­cien­cies...
Comparable
04/10/2022
Wo­men must be pro­tec­ted by po­lices in the work­place
Cov­id made a tan­gible dif­fer­ence to com­mon is­sues many wo­men in cor­por­ate po­s­i­tions faced on a daily basis The Cov­id-19 pan­dem­ic has res­ul­ted in a shift in work­place cul­ture and en­vir­on­ment for many...