29 October 2010

Launch of Juris East Africa strengthens Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr's African capabilities

African members of DLA Piper Group in Kenya and Uganda have launched a new regional alliance, Juris East Africa, which aims to meet the growing demand from both regional and international businesses for coordinated legal services across East Africa.

The alliance was formed by DLA Piper Group member firms Iseme Kamau & Maema Advocates in Kenya (IKM) and Ishengoma Karume Masha & Magai in Tanzania (IMMMA (Advocates)), members of DLA Piper Group, together with Ugandan firm Sebalu & Lule Advocates and Rwanda firm Equity Juris Chambers.

Commenting on the launch, CEO of Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, which is the South African member firm of DLA Piper Group, said: "The Juris East Africa alliance further strengthens our ability to offer our clients legal services in Africa. Our Africa practice in conjunction with DLA Piper is unrivalled in terms of geographical coverage."

"Our lawyers have direct experience of African transactions in the key development sectors, including mining, energy, financial services, infrastructure and government work across Africa. And the exclusive relationship we enjoy with DLA Piper allows us to share best practice, training, knowledge and support related to speciality practice areas across Africa and globally." Ewing added.

DLA Piper has its own exclusive alliances with IMMMA (Advocates), IKM, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr and three other African law firms in Egypt, Ghana and Zambia. The Africa practice also has close working relationships with law firms in Nigeria and the DRC, Mauritius and other countries across the continent.

DLA Piper is fully supportive of the launch of Juris East Africa which will enable the firm to provide clients with more coordinated legal services across East Africa. Sebalu & Lule, ranked in band 1 by Chambers Global 2010, and Equity Juris Chambers, which has developed an impressive client base since it was established in 2007, are DLA Piper's preferred law firms in Uganda and Rwanda, respectively and are in the course of extending their relationship with DLA Piper.

David Church, DLA Piper's International Development Partner, said: "We have worked closely with the member firms on the creation of Juris East Africa and are totally supportive. Banks, financial institutions, and domestic and foreign businesses do not want to work with several different law firms across the region. They want the seamless service and the efficiencies that they would get from working with just one firm. Juris East Africa gives them that."

Commenting on the launch James Kamau, Managing Partner of IKM in Kenya, said:

"The formation of Juris East Africa is a proactive response to the increasing demands from clients in East Africa and investors in this region who have been clear that they are seeking East Africa-wide solutions and that there is a wide gap in the region, which we are happy to help fill."

Protase Ishengoma, Managing Partner of IMMMA (Advocates), said: "Both Sebalu & Lule and Equity Juris Chambers are leading law firms in their countries of operation and will add tremendous value to the Alliance."

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