We have been working in Africa for several decades, bringing together professionals from across the world to advise clients on their inbound, outbound and pan-African investments. Our lawyers are considered trusted advisers with the experience, knowledge and local understanding to navigate complex and challenging business issues. With a dedicated Africa team that stretches across our 45+ offices; including Johannesburg, London, Paris, Dubai, New York and Beijing; we work with our clients and local partners to ensure that we deliver the best possible results and provide the highest quality service.
Our office in Johannesburg provides an excellent platform to assist clients in South Africa and in sub-Saharan Africa. The office comprises over 100 legal professionals, including more than 40 partners and offers the full range of transactional, contentious and non-contentious legal services. This complements our team of over 2,500 lawyers globally.
As a full-service international law firm, we offer a wide range of services for clients with existing operations or an interest in Africa. No matter what stage you are at with your investment plan, Hogan Lovells' experienced team can help you navigate the intricate legal landscapes in order to achieve your business objectives.
We regularly advise on large in-country and cross-border transport, infrastructure and energy projects, multi-party PPP, project financing, complex Islamic financing, and private equity transactions specifically for African investors. For every client and matter, we tailor our advice to respond to the unique situation offering practical legal solutions. Clients appreciate our innovative and award-winning approach that gets results.
Established relationships with leading African law firms
Our strong relationship with leading African law firms is an important aspect of being able to provide a comprehensive legal service to clients. We work regularly with the local lawyers, many for several years, so we know them and they know us, very well. This means we are confident in recommending them to our clients and our close collaboration guarantees the delivery of quick, efficient and excellent quality of work, in keeping with our internationally recognised standard.
Commitment to Africa
We enjoy celebrating African art and culture. Whether sponsoring art exhibitions in Lagos or hosting Marimba musicians, we support initiatives that promote the rich and diverse heritage of the continent.
Our pro bono work draws on the experience of our professionals worldwide to improve the lives of those most in need. Whether by acting on behalf of individual clients, meeting the legal needs of charities and social enterprises, or through policy advocacy, our goal is to tackle injustice on a global scale
The Special Report on Investment in Africa 2018 gathers information from 29 countries to help inform clients' investment decisions, summarising the key features of the legal and regulatory framework for businesses in Africa, and reflects the range of sectors in which African business is growing, alongside insight into the overarching issues investors face in doing business in the continent.
The establishment of three new organisations points to further growth in African arbitration
Africa's economic growth is picking up pace and is expected to reach 6.3% in East Africa and 3.4% in Sub-Saharan Africa by the end of this year. Foreign direct investment into Africa is also expected to increase from $41.8bn to $50bn, due in part to the signing of the historic African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement in March. Read more from Partner Thomas Kendra and Trainee Megan Smith.
Is workplace harassment a representation of a hierarchical power struggle in Africa?
Harassment and discrimination complaints are among the most complex and difficult issues for a business owner, senior manager or HR professional to address. While the topic is of a sensitive nature for all parties concerned, businesses must act quickly and professionally when a case of harassment or discrimination is opened in order to resolve the matter in a way that’s satisfactory to the employee presenting the complaint, while at the same time protecting the integrity of all parties concerned. Read more from Partner Jean Ewang and Senior Associate Phetheni Nkona.
Commitment to gender diversity and workplace inclusivity is a business imperative
Gender diversity and inclusivity has long been a topic of contention in the workplace. Its reach however, extends beyond issues merely related to an employee’s race and gender, and is now mindful of a person’s individuality, taking into account their personal preferences and how they identify in society. Read more from Partner Jean Ewang
#Womandla - actively playing our part to close the gender gap
Despite the benefits of gender parity and a representative economy, and for all the talk of progress, women remain the single-largest untapped economic driver in the global economy. Read more from Regional Managing Partner UK and Africa, Susan Bright.