Global law firm expands with South African office

Posted On Tuesday, 19 June 2012 11:44 Published by
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Global law firm Baker & McKenzie has opened an office in Johannesburg, the business heart of South Africa that is often viewed as the gateway for foreign companies into the rest of the African continent.

The office is Baker & McKenzie’s second in Africa, after one was opened in Cairo 1985, and will focus primarily on mining and infrastructure, project finance, banking and capital markets, securitization, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity


“Africa has vast resources and potential that will drive both inbound and outbound client investment. This is a big step in our continuing effort to expand our capabilities to serve client needs in the region,” said Koen Vanhaerents, chairman of Baker & McKenzie’s operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

South Africa is the world’s largest producer of platinum and a significant source of coal, gold and other metals and minerals. The largest economy in Africa, the country’s established roads, telecommunications and other infrastructure has led to it being used as a stable base for companies in a variety of industries to expand through Africa to tap both its resource wealth and a population of roughly one billion people.

Baker & McKenzie said the Johannesburg office will open immediately with partners, lawyers and staff from Dewey & LeBoeuf South Africa. The team will be led by banking and finance lawyer Wildu du Plessis, energy and projects lawyer Scott Brodsky and Chris Moriatis, who represents clients on a range of regulatory and financing transactions, and Morne van der Merwe, who advises the mining and other sectors.

Source: Deal Journal Australia

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