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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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10/08/2020
Cov­id-19 in Africa
Our law firm of­fers you a weekly up­date, list­ing the main texts pub­lished on the Afric­an con­tin­ent about the Cov­id-19.
24 June 2020
Pav­ing the way for post-COV­ID-19 re­cov­ery: Key con­sid­er­a­tions for the En­ergy...
The 29 May an­nounce­ment of the South Afric­an Gov­ern­ment’s USD20.5bn in­fra­struc­ture re­cov­ery plan marks a turn­ing point in the COV­ID-19 crisis[1]. With on av­er­age 20% of Sub-Saha­ran Afric­an (SSA) coun­tries’...
31 July 2020
An­nu­al Re­view 2019 – 2020
We are liv­ing in tur­bu­lent times, char­ac­ter­ised by polit­ic­al, cli­mate and health crises. The most acute of these – the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic – has clearly shown how in­ter­con­nec­ted our eco­nom­ies are: travel, com­merce and sup­ply chains world­wide have been im­pacted. No in­di­vidu­al or busi­ness has re­mained totally un­af­fected by it.As a glob­al or­gan­isa­tion, with a pres­ence in key busi­ness hubs around the world, we are wit­ness­ing the im­pact of the pan­dem­ic firsthand. Our teams in Asia, Europe, Africa and Lat­in Amer­ica are help­ing cli­ents deal with this un­pre­ced­en­ted situ­ation. Un­fold­ing in dif­fer­ent in­tens­it­ies in dif­fer­ent parts of the world at dif­fer­ent times, our teams are in the for­tu­nate po­s­i­tion of be­ing able to con­nect with and learn from each oth­er. This en­ables us to sup­port our cli­ents in a mean­ing­ful way, listen­ing to and un­der­stand­ing their con­cerns and provid­ing them with busi­ness-rel­ev­ant ad­vice that draws on in­sights from our ex­perts world­wide.In this crisis, we, as a so­ci­ety, are at a cross­roads. What is cer­tain is that for in­di­vidu­als and busi­nesses (ours in­cluded) there will be no ‘back to busi­ness as usu­al’. Things need to (and will) change. How we shape the ‘new nor­mal’ is up to us. In this An­nu­al Re­view, we look at some key de­vel­op­ments that are in­creas­ingly im­pact­ing busi­ness suc­cess. Com­pan­ies need to take these in­to con­sid­er­a­tion when ad­apt­ing their op­er­a­tions to the new busi­ness en­vir­on­ment.The months ahead will be chal­len­ging for us all. Busi­nesses will need to think stra­tegic­ally and po­s­i­tion them­selves for suc­cess in the new nor­mal. We at CMS see it as our task to guide our cli­ents through this chan­ging busi­ness land­scape.Mat­thi­as Licht­blau (Ex­ec­ut­ive Dir­ect­or) Pierre-Sé­bas­tien Thill (Chair­man) Duncan We­st­on (Ex­ec­ut­ive Part­ner) CMS Ex­ec­ut­ive Team
27 May 2020
LCIA’s An­nu­al Case­work Re­port 2019: Steady growth
In­tro­duc­tion On 19 May 2020, the Lon­don Court of In­ter­na­tion­al Ar­bit­ra­tion (“LCIA”) re­leased its An­nu­al Case­work Re­port for 2019 (“Re­port”). This art­icle fo­cuses on ar­bit­ra­tions ad­min­istered un­der...
09/06/2020
In­vest­ment in Al­ger­ia - Com­ple­ment­ary Fin­ance Act for 2020
Find out cla­ri­fic­a­tions about Com­ple­ment­ary Fin­ance Act for 2020 voted by the Al­geri­an par­lia­ment and pub­lished in the Of­fi­cial Gaz­ette No. 33, on June 4th, 2020.
06 March 2020
Coronavir­us – Pro­tect­ing against sup­ply chain dis­rup­tion when ship­ping...
De­vel­op­ing a sup­ply chain re­sponse to the coronavir­us out­break in­volves be­ing ready be­fore such a crisis hits. Al­though the long-term con­sequences are yet to play out, the coronavir­us out­break already...
08/06/2020
Com­ple­ment­ary Fin­ance Act for 2020
Find out the fi­nal text of the Com­ple­ment­ary Fin­ance Act for 2020 ap­proved the tax meas­ures re­com­men­ded by the pub­lic au­thor­it­ies.
07 February 2020
Coronavir­us and Force Ma­jeure
The World Health Or­gan­isa­tion Dir­ect­or Gen­er­al’s re­cent de­clar­a­tion that the glob­al out­break of the coronavir­us is a “pub­lic health emer­gency of in­ter­na­tion­al con­cern” is, of course, dom­in­at­ing...
20/05/2020
Al­geri­an tax­a­tion
Find out the draft of the com­ple­ment­ary Fin­ance Act for 2020, just ap­proved at a meet­ing of the Coun­cil of Min­is­ters held by video­con­fer­ence on May 10, 2020.
18 June 2019
Caster Se­menya - testoster­one, sex, and a ques­tion of pro­por­tion­al­ity
On Monday 3 June 2019, the Fed­er­al Su­preme Court of Switzer­land pro­vi­sion­ally sus­pen­ded the ap­plic­a­tion of new rules which would have re­quired South Afric­an run­ner Caster Se­menya to re­duce her blood testoster­one...
14/05/2020
in­vest­ment in Al­ger­ia
Find out about the com­ple­ment­ary fin­ance bill for 2020 "LFC 2020" which aims to make cer­tain ad­just­ments in terms of for­eign in­vest­ments.
23 May 2019
Tack­ling single-use plastics: the ad­vent of many leg­al meas­ures which will...
Yes­ter­day’s an­nounce­ment that sub­ject to cer­tain ex­cep­tions plastic straws, plastic stemmed cot­ton buds and plastic bever­age stir­rers in Eng­land will be pro­hib­ited from sup­ply as of April 2020 has gained...