CMS is ranked 19th in the third edition of the Africa Top 50 published by Law.com International in partnership with Africa Legal. This annual ranking of the top African law firms is based on headcount and geographical spread.
With offices in South Africa (Johannesburg), Kenya (Nairobi and Mombasa), Algeria (Algiers), Morocco (Casablanca), and Angola (Luanda) as well as strong relationships with associated firms and local correspondents across the continent, CMS currently has over 91 lawyers based in Africa working on transactions in over 40 African countries.
Hugo Coetzee, Chairman of CMS Africa group, says: “Three years ago when we welcomed CMS Kenya and South Africa into the fold, we committed to a plan for the growth of our business in Africa, with the clear objective of becoming a top pan-African Law firm. We have taken significant steps towards achieving this objective over a short period of time aided by our involvement in groundbreaking transactions such as the US$1.95 billion solar energy, mini-grids and purification project for Sun Africa in Angola and the 2 x 100 MW solar projects for Tronox Mineral Sands in South Africa where we represented the Development Bank of South Africa in a market-first project involving the largest private power purchase agreement in Africa. Achieving this position in the Africa Top 50 rankings, together with CMS being a finalist for the Africa Network/Alliance for 2022 at the annual Africa Legal Awards earlier this year, is a clear recognition of our success and the steps taken towards achieving this objective."
CMS Executive Partner Duncan Weston says: “Growing our presence in Africa remains a business imperative for CMS. Many of our clients have multiple in-country operations in Africa and we are committed to ensuring that they, whether multinationals or African corporates, asset managers and financial institutions, get the legal services they need to protect and grow their businesses. I firmly believe in the future of Africa and I look forward, together with our team, to building a practice with a truly African identity.”
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