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Eversheds extends African organisation

Posted by: Laurence Simons 02/12/13

Magic circle law firm Eversheds has continued its expansion plans by securing four new offices in Africa, finalising deals with South African firm Mahons Attorneys and El Heni in Tunisia.

Africa has become an increasingly desirable location for international legal organisations over the last few years, particularly in more-developed parts of the sprawling continent where businesses are taking on important economic roles.

Although infrastructure problems remain an issue and certain legal markets can become somewhat confused, this has not put companies off investing in the region.

Bryan Hughes, chief executive of Eversheds, expressed his satisfaction at concluding the deals and highlighted the fact they have worked successfully with their two partner firms for a number of years previously.

"Having a strong platform in South Africa is vital to our growth plans in the region and this is a significant addition to our global offering," he declared.

Tunisia is also a "key platform" for delivering legal services across the continent and establishing Eversheds as a brand in Africa.

Mohamed Raouf El Heni, co-founder of El Heni, added: "Eversheds has shown real leadership and innovation in its approach to developing a presence across Africa - which we are very excited about being a part of. We believe this relationship will be of benefit to our diverse existing client base and will create further domestic and international opportunities in the future."

The firm has adopted a so-called pan-African strategy, which sees it attempting to overtake its counterparts and become the premier law organisation across the continent.

This is highlighted by the fact that 2014 will see offices established in Morocco, Ghana and Kenya, as Eversheds looks to spread its influence as widely as possible.

Although it is not the only British law firm to attempt to establish a strong African presence - similar behaviour can be seen by many of its magic circle competitors - it is approaching the task with an impressive single-mindedness that bodes well for the project's success.