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South Africa remains a jurisdiction of considerable interest for the international legal community, with the market experiencing yet more change. Routledge Modise became part of the Hogan Lovells global practice in December 2013, and earlier in the year Webber Wentzel entered into an alliance with international firm Linklaters LLP; these developments followed Baker & McKenzie Johannesburg’s entry into the market in 2012 and Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa (incorporated as Deneys Reitz Inc)’s move in 2011. With the global legal market’s focus on growth economies and resource-rich states, South Africa is becoming an increasingly attractive target.
Other notable developments were White & Case LLP augmenting its banking and finance and projects practices with the hire of Joz Coetzer and Craig Whitley from Bowman Gilfillan; and DLA Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr reinforcing its labour and employment practice with the hire of Hugo Pienaar and Mohsina Chenia from Glyn Marais.