DLA Piper's Africa Group has expanded in North, Southern and Eastern Africa with the addition of three new member firms. Algerian firm B L & Associés, Rubeya & Co Advocates of Burundi and Namibian firm Ellis Shilengudwa Inc have joined the firm's Africa Group as of 1 October 2013. The DLA Piper Africa Group now has member firms in 14 countries in Africa.
B L & Associés is run by Algerian-based partner Fatima Zohar Bouchemla and Paris-based partner Mohamed Lanouar and has offices in Algiers. The firm comprises two partners and eight associates all of whom are admitted to practice in either Algeria or France. The team handles advisory matters including investment law, commercial contracts, M&A, capital markets, tax and customs law, insurance, construction and real estate as well as criminal, civil and commercial litigation matters.
Established in 2000, Rubeya & Co Advocates is run by highly regarded commercial lawyer Willy Rubeya. The firm has an eight-strong team of lawyers with particular experience in IP and competition law.
Ellis Shilengudwa Inc. is a leading corporate and commercial Namibian law firm. The firm was established in 1997 and currently comprises of four directors and seven associates. It is recognised as one of the most competent corporate and commercial law firms in the country.
Federico Sutti, Managing Director of Europe & Africa at DLA Piper, said: "We are very pleased to have expanded our network into the key developing markets of Algeria, Namibia and Burundi. The new member firms are highly regarded for providing exceptional standards of work for clients locally and internationally. As we continue to build our capabilities and presence across Africa, we will maintain our commitment to carefully selecting strategic partners that will be beneficial for our Group members and will add value for our clients."
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