The combination, following approval by partners and subject to meeting regulatory requirements, is expected to launch in the next few months.
Noor Kapdi, Chief Executive of Dentons’ Africa Region said, "Dentons' strategy is focused on finding combination firms who have the proven ability to offer sophisticated, high-quality legal services and business solutions in their home markets."
"EALC is a leading firm in Tanzania, enabling Dentons to, once again, maintain and improve its quality as it grows."
Stella Ndikimi, Managing Partner of EALC, said that the firm’s vision was to become a leading tax and legal firm within the region.
“Dentons' global strategy matches our strategy to connect clients to leading talent not only within the region but globally."
The combination will position Dentons as the largest global law firm in Tanzania from launch, helping clients to navigate the New Dynamic in 14 locations in Africa and 189 locations across 77 countries.
EALC has five partners and 13 lawyers and is a recognized leader in Banking and Finance, Capital Markets and Securities, Competition, Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate and Commercial, Employment and Labour, Intellectual Property, Dispute Resolution, Mining, Oil and Gas, Real Estate, Taxation and Tax law, Telecommunications, Media and Technology.
In 2017, Dentons created a new Africa Region, making Africa a distinct governance and organisational unit within the law firm and guaranteeing that combination partners within the region will join the firm as members of Dentons, retaining local control of their governance and financial decisions while also securing a voice in the global governance of the firm.
Since first entering the region with a legacy law firm in Egypt in 1964, Dentons has continued to scale up its presence in Africa.
In 2015, the firm joined with KapdiTwala to become the first Level 1 Black Economic Empowerment qualified global law firm in South Africa.
Elliott Portnoy, Global Chief Executive of Dentons said, “The combination with EALC builds upon our strategy to become the leading Pan-African law firm owned and controlled by Africans and located in key markets.”
“Tanzania is a priority market for our clients given its strategic importance in the region and with this combination we can connect clients to leading talent in Tanzania and around the globe."
Joe Andrew, Global Chairman of Dentons said, "Our clients are confronted with constant, accelerated change and want to work with a law firm that has the experience and confidence to help them navigate the New Dynamic wherever they are located."
"In an environment where law firms are closing offices, Dentons remains committed to serving its clients now and in the future in more locations than any other law firm."
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