Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright is continuing to expand in Africa, having negotiated a strategic alliance with Ugandan firm Shonubi Musoke & Co Advocates and Zimbabwe’s Gill, Godlonton & Gerrans.
The firms will ‘collaborate on selected client matters’ to provide legal support, particularly in the areas of energy and infrastructure. The alliances will extend the firm’s African coverage, which currently comprises offices in Dar es Salaam, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Casablanca.
Established in Kampala in 1987, Shonubi Musoke & Co Advocates specializes in energy and mining, public private partnerships, and in the oil and gas sector, as well as in its traditional strongholds of M&A, project finance, banking and finance (including Islamic banking), telecommunications and real estate. Gill, Godlonton & Gerrans is one of the largest corporate and commercial law firms in Zimbabwe.
Rob Otty, managing director of Norton Rose Fulbright in South Africa, said: ‘Our alliance with Gill, Godlonton & Gerrans and Shonubi Musoke & Co Advocates reflects the strategic importance of Africa to our global business. [Both] bring an unparalleled breadth of experience in their respective countries, which will now be available to our clients.’
Global Chief Executive Peter Martyr said: ‘Africa is a key hub for our clients and expanding across the region is of great importance to us. We see immediate opportunities in Africa, in particular across energy and infrastructure, mining and commodities. Investment into other sectors is also gaining pace, particularly in financial institutions, technology and agriculture. These alliances mark a significant step forward in the development of our African practice and will further enhance our global offering.’
Norton Rose Fulbright is very active on the continent. Last month the firm successfully closed financing on a 50MW solar PV plant in Sikasso, Mali for the first French green independent power producer, Akuo Energy. The Kita solar farm is its first construction project in Africa and is the largest in west Africa. Head of Banking and Finance at Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Jackie Midlane, who piloted the transaction, said, ‘We are proud to have played a key role in the region’s most high-profile, innovative transactions.’