DLA Piper adds five firms to Africa Group
DLA Piper has expanded its presence in Africa with the addition of firms Rwanda, Uganda, Botswana, Mauritius and Ethiopia, bringing the total number of firms in the firm’s Africa Group to 11.
According to the firm's CEO Sir Nigel Knowles, foreign investment into Africa is "expected to grow significantly to US$150 billion by 2015".
And DLA Piper isn’t the only international firm interested in scaling up its activities in Africa to take advantage of the lucrative mining, energy and infrastructure work in the region. Norton Rose is also opening up in Tanzania, Clydes has had a presence in the country for a few years, Herbert Smith is set to open an office in Guinea, and Allen & Overy is reportedly aiming to open a base in South Africa. DLA Piper would seem to have the edge, however, since few firms have developed their offering beyond one country.
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