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Over the last 30 years, Eversheds Sutherland legal lawyers have advised clients in every African jurisdiction through a combination of leading global and African legal lawyers who intimately understand the national legislation and culture. Many of our lawyers have practised in Africa or are of African origin. Our combination of experience, sector understanding and local awareness is matched by a powerful network that covers the continent.

Our Pan-African strategy is to go further and offer clients the advice they need in the country they operate at the high levels of quality they expect.

Locations in Africa

Across the 5 hub offices in Africa in South Africa (Johannesburg (2 offices) and Durban), Mauritius (Port Louis) and Tunisia (Tunis), our Eversheds Sutherland Africa Group is committed to deepening existing relationships and pulling together their knowledge and skills to assist new and existing clients. In addition to our growing offices in key African centres, we are linked to the best law firms across the continent via the Eversheds Sutherland Africa Alliance (ESAA), covering over 35 countries.

What we do for our clients

Having great technical lawyers is often a given, however having lawyers who understand the legal landscape a client operates within is often a rarity. Over the last decade, the Eversheds Sutherland Africa Group has advised clients in every African jurisdiction using local lawyers who intimately understand the national legislation and culture. We offer a solid network of Africa legal lawyers in over 50 African countries. Most of our lawyers in the Eversheds Sutherland Africa Group have practised in Africa or are of African origin. They are working day to day, taking into account specific environments, risks and constraints. That means you get guaranteed quality and tailor-made Pan-African legal advice and access to global relationships, in addition to local commitment.

Our Africa Legal lawyers, who are based in major cities across the world and work with our hub offices and across the ESAA network truly set the standard for Pan-African legal advice. On any given day, we are acting in at least 20 states and are at home in Francophone, Anglophone, Spanish or Portuguese speaking jurisdictions.

For you it means a single point of contact for everything you need in Africa, from investments to contentious work. Our Eversheds Sutherland Africa Group will help protect your interests, keeping you informed about legal developments, using our knowledge and experience to solve your problems, make deals happen, and ensure success. We have the ability to project manage across multiple countries and provide multidisciplinary legal solutions on the ground, when and where you need us.

An innovative service

What really sets the Eversheds Sutherland Africa Group apart is the fact that we are the only global law firm that can represent you across all African countries. We do this through an approach that means you are always in control of what is being done on your behalf and how much it will cost. Wherever you do business, we ensure that you receive the same quality of Pan-African legal advice and guidance. You will only need to deal with one contact rather than a number of different firms. That contact will be hands on, fully in touch with your business needs, and someone who goes beyond project management to deliver exactly what you need. Together we can help you to navigate the challenges that operating in Africa can present.

Examples of our clients

Our wide-ranging client base includes companies from all our sectors including: infrastructure and project finance, energy (oil and gas, mining, natural resources and clean energy), health, transport and financial services and government in areas such as dispute resolution and institutional reforms. Examples of our clients include:

  • Addax
  • Eskom
  • Tyco
  • FMC Technologies
  • Glanbia
  • African Development Bank
  • International Finance Corporation (World Bank).

Independent comments

"The Eversheds Africa Group comprises a team of 12 in Paris, a number of whom are of African origin and have practised in North or sub-Saharan Africa. The Paris team works closely with colleagues in offices further afield. In contentious work, the team assists with arbitration and litigation and related PIL advice, as well as corporate, employment, real estate, banking and project finance work on the non-contentious side.”
Chambers Global 2015 – Corporate/M&A – Africa Wide: Foreign Desk

"I would recommend this team, especially for oil and gas matters. It is also one of the friendliest firms that I've worked with."
Chambers Global 2012

“We will be counting on Eversheds’ ‘can do’ attitude and vast experience with multi-jurisdictional accounts in Africa and the Middle East to deliver value to our legal work in these regions”
Jeffrey Shane, General Counsel of the International Air Transport Association [IATA].

“The circumstances were difficult, and Eversheds were always willing to adapt to them. We had high expectations and Eversheds met them.”
Senior Counsel, Total New Ventures team