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Legal market overview

South Africa is fast emerging as a gateway to the African continent and several international law firms are building a presence there.

DLA Piper is one of the latest international law firms to establish a South Africa operation, following the ending of its association to Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr. It recruited corporate partners Johannes Gouws and Peter Brandshaw from Webber Wentzel, finance partner Jackie Pennington from Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, and competition specialist Janine Simpson from Webber Wentzel. In another key development, Pinsent Masons LLP entered the market in January 2017. It opened a Johannesburg office led by senior hires from Bowmans and Webber Wentzel.

Other international firms that are expected to challenge the traditional market leaders are Allen & Overy (South Africa) LLP; Baker McKenzie Johannesburg, which hired private equity specialist Scott Nelson from ENSafrica and competition partner Nick Altini from Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr; Hogan Lovells (South Africa); Herbert Smith Freehills South Africa LLP, which recruited corporate partner Rudolph du Plessis from Bowmans; and White & Case LLP.

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