Expansion into African markets requires an understanding of the legal systems at work across the continent, coupled with seamless cross-border legal service. Working with our Lex Mundi global network, our international network of lawyers and local counsel in Africa, clients are assured of comprehensive, cost-effective representation, seamless service and multi-jurisdictional solutions that address all issues impacting their businesses and investments in Africa.
We offer extensive experience advising on finance transactions, project development, private equity and funds matters covering key industry sectors, including energy (renewable and oil and gas), water, transport, mining, financial services and telecoms. Blakes advises sponsors, private investors, commercial lenders and development agencies for their investments and transactions in Africa.
We have multilingual language capabilities, including English, French, Spanish and Portuguese. Our lawyers are also trained and practice in both civil law and common law jurisdictions and are, therefore, well versed with the legal issues that arise in African jurisdictions. In addition to having practical knowledge of the foundations of local legal systems, our lawyers are very familiar with OHADA laws, the set of uniform commercial laws that is currently applied in 17 West African countries.
Blakes has also made a commitment to investing in the communities where we do business. We are involved in several pro bono projects across Africa, including most recently the “160 Girls” project and Crossroads International. For more information, please visit our Pro Bono page.