Eversheds announces a new Pan-African strategy which will focus on
creating five key hub offices and setting up the Eversheds African Law
Institute (EALI), an organisation designed to share best practices and promote the highest
standards of legal service across Africa
LONDON, Oct. 1, 2013 /CNW/ - As part of the firm's Pan-African strategy,
the firm has confirmed that it is in discussions to establish offices
in the key markets of Tunisia, Morocco, Ghana, South Africa and Kenya
over the coming months.
At the same time, it announced plans for growth of its international
operations in Africa, with the launch of the Eversheds African Law
Institute (EALI), creating a unique entity in the region which will
allow member law firms in Africa to access training and knowledge
sharing programmes while fostering commercial opportunities on a
regional and international basis. Firms in 14 countries (Angola, Benin,
Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique
Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan and Tunisia) have so far signed
up as members of EALI. The Institute will enable clients and contacts
to keep abreast of legal developments in Africa through regular monthly
updates on legislative changes impacting business in Africa, webinars
and training and will launch an African Prize for law students, as well
as host an annual client-facing summit in the region.
The Eversheds African Law Institute will be headed by partner Boris
Martor, head of the firm's Africa Group based in Paris, supported by
Julie Stobart, the firm's client services director, with executive
responsibilities in Eversheds for developing its African operations.
Bryan Hughes, chief executive of Eversheds, said:
"Having firmly established our operations in Europe, Middle East and
Asia we are keen to deliver further growth by investing in and
establishing the Eversheds brand in five key locations in Africa. We
are committed to delivering the highest standard of quality of work in
Africa and all other jurisdictions where we do business."
Boris Martor said:
"We are extremely pleased by the enthusiasm received from both EALI
member firms and from our clients to this innovative new venture for
Africa. This model, which is the result of longstanding thoughts on our
common knowledge with our relationship firms in Africa for more than a
decade, will provide means for the spread of best practices and further
African laws developments. It is new thinking and training on African
laws combined with strong commercial focus to accompany the growing
demand from our clients within Africa."
"It is exciting to be at the heart of creating a new and dynamic
organisation that will allow us to strengthen collaboration with our
relationship firms in Africa, to set new standards of service across
the continent and to bring the skills and drive of African firms to a
wider international market. I am sure there will be many things that we
can learn from each other through this unique forum."
The founding member organisations are AG Advogados, Basma & Macaulay,
Cabinet 2S, Cabinet Ba&Tian, Cabinet Brizoua-Bi Bile-Aka, Cabinet
Djogbenou, Cabinet Sylla & Associés, Cabinet Yezid El yezid, CWA
Morocco, CWA Tunisia, El Hussein Ahmed Salih Law Firm, EVC Advogados,
JLD&MB, Perchstone & Graeys and SCP Ngassam Njike & Associés.
Notes to editors
About Eversheds LLP
Eversheds LLP and its world wide offices have over 4,500 people who
provide services to the private and public sector business and finance
community. Access to all these services is provided through 44
international offices in 26 jurisdictions. Eversheds combines local
market knowledge and access with the specialisms, resources and
international capability of one of the world's largest law firms.
SOURCE: Eversheds LLP
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