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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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3 January 2018
Oil and Gas in Africa - Struc­tured guides to mar­ket...
18 Jun 19
Caster Se­menya - testoster­one, sex, and a ques­tion of pro­por­tion­al­ity
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14 November 2017
Con­duct­ing oil and gas activ­it­ies in Ghana
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Tack­ling single-use plastics: the ad­vent of many leg­al meas­ures which...
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Our Africa Prac­tice
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9 February 2017
Con­duct­ing oil and gas activ­it­ies in Guinea
14 Mar 19
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9 February 2017
Con­duct­ing oil and gas activ­it­ies in Malawi
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9 February 2017
Con­duct­ing oil and gas activ­it­ies in Uganda
19 Nov 18
Oil and Gas: Pro­tect­ing LNG pro­ject and feed-gas sup­ply from State...
A re­cent award rendered by a tribunal act­ing un­der the aus­pices of IC­SID, the World Bank’s ar­bit­ra­tion in­sti­tu­tion, in Uni­on Fen­osa Gas S.A. v Ar­ab Re­pub­lic of Egypt, provides fur­ther guid­ance for com­pan­ies...