15 January 2007 by Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

DLA Piper steps up push into Africa

Reindorf Chambers becomes fifth African law firm to join DLA Piper Group

DLA Piper has reinforced its African capabilities following its exclusive agreement with Ghana-based Reindorf Chambers. The six-lawyer firm becomes the fifth African law firm to join DLA Piper Group and is one of only a handful of Ghanaian law firms to have an alliance with an international legal provider such as DLA Piper.

Accra-based Reindorf Chambers was established in 1990 and has four partners and two other lawyers. The firm's particular strengths lie in the areas of banking and project finance, trade finance, mining and natural resources and related financing, corporate and commercial law. To date, DLA Piper and Reindorf Chambers have worked together on trade deals and a large oil infrastructure project. The Ghanaian law firm has both domestic and international clients including large mining houses and international banks. Through their close working relationship both firm's believe they will offer real benefits to foreign investors and international companies looking to do business in Ghana, as well as those already active in the market.

In addition to working with the African law firms within the DLA Piper Group, DLA Piper boasts its own team of Africa specialist litigators and arbitrators and lawyers with direct transactional experience gained in the financial, telecoms, energy, infrastructure and commodities sectors

"We have enjoyed working with DLA Piper and in going forward we are delighted that we will be able to deepen our working relationship in order to provide our clients with a much extended range of first-rate legal services," said Fui Tsikata, partner and head of Reindorf Chambers.

Charles Morrison, head of DLA Piper's Africa Group, said: "I have personally worked both with and on the other side to Reindorf lawyers over many years and I know very well just how good a firm they are. I am very pleased that we have been able to bring lawyers of such high standing and reputation within their own jurisdiction into the expanding DLA Piper Group. The Africa-wide capability that we have as a firm is allowing us to assist clients in a joined-up way that other major firms just cannot match."

Reindorf Chambers becomes a member of DLA Piper Group on 15 January. The exclusive alliance also has African members in Egypt, South Africa, Zambia and Tanzania, and works closely with non-member firms in other countries such as Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria and Portuguese speaking Africa to offer a range of international legal services to clients.

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