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THE LEGAL 500 > EVENTS > GC POWERLIST: AFRICA TEAMS

LONDON: 1 DECEMBER 2016


On 1st December we welcomed over 50 in-house lawyers from around Africa to DLA Piper’s London offices to celebrate the launch of the The Legal 500 GC Powerlist Africa: Teams, which took place as part of DLA’s Africa Week.

This year’s Powerlist recognised the important role of legal teams in the growth of African economies, diverse markets with myriad opportunities and risks. Guests were welcomed by Grant Henderson, Director for Africa at DLA Piper and Catherine McGregor, editor-in-chief of GC Magazine. The full list of teams in the 2016 GC Powerlist: Africa Teams can be seen here

It is in striking the right balance between risk and reward that legal teams add real value. In Africa, where there is different pace of development across many different economies, this balance is especially delicate. Therefore many legal teams are now involved much earlier in business processes than was historically the case.

Many of the teams were also creative in the way they delivered legal services, including innovative use of process, technology and outsourcing to cut legal spend and streamline internal processes.

Lawyers attending the event came from across Africa and included general counsel from HSBC; Total; Helios Towers; Barclays; Microsoft; Baker Hughes and Oando.