2017 Corporate Counsel Forum Africa


Allen & Overy South Africa is fully integrated into A&O’s worldwide network and offers comprehensive advice in banking & finance, projects and corporate and M&A. Combining the expertise and resources of a global elite law practice with a leading group of senior domestic practicioners, we provide our clients with innovative and cost-effective legal solutions, wherever they are located. Our on-the-ground English law offering is complemented by lawyers qualified to practice in South Africa, England and Wales, as well as a Portuguese qualified team, and our language capabilities cover Francophone and Lusophone Africa, in addition to Mandarin, Cantonese and Hoisanese dialects.


Founded in 1949, Baker McKenzie is one of the world’s largest law firms by revenue and the ‘Global Law Firm of Choice for Africa’, advising many of the most dynamic and successful global business organisations through more than 4,000 locally qualified lawyers and 6,000 professional staff in 77 offices in 47 countries. Our clients operating in Africa benefit from our unmatched global network combined with our local market knowledge and relationships with local counsel and regulators. We were one of the first international law firms to open an office in Africa over 30 years ago and we continue to support and advise clients across the continent. We provide our clients in Africa with an integrated service that is supported by our global reach and best practice aligned with industry expertise and local knowledge. Baker McKenzie is identified by Acritas as “the firm most used for high value work in Africa” according to the Sharplegal Insight Guide (June 2016) – “Demand in Africa: The Multinational Opportunity” and was the winner of the ‘International Law Firm for Africa’ award at the Legal Week 2015 African Legal Awards.

Exigent Group Limited is a leading provider of outsourced legal and technology services, providing advice and delivering a range of legal services, contract management solutions and business analytical tools aimed at reducing risk, improving compliance and driving process and cost efficiencies for clients in the US, Canada, UK, Australia and South Africa. The company has a 400+ global workforce, comprising consultants, business analysts, attorneys, software developers and multi-skilled business professionals.  Exigent currently has eight offices globally with three operating centres in Bangalore, Cape Town and Perth.
LEX Africa

LEX Africa is Africa's first and largest alliance of leading law firms founded in 1993. With over 600 lawyers in over 20 African countries and a track record of over 20 years, LEX Africa is a valuable “one stop shop" for African legal advice and solutions. Members are leading corporate law firms complying with world class standards of legal practice and with detailed knowledge and experience of the local cultural, business, economic and political environment. LEX Africa is ranked by leading rating agency Chambers & Partners as a Band 1 leading regional network and produces popular Business and specialist guides as well as other articles.

LexisNexis is a leading global provider of content and technology solutions that enable professionals in legal, corporate, tax, government, academic and non-profit organisations to make informed decisions and achieve better business outcomes. Additionally, through risk and analytical solutions provided by its market-leading Governance, Risk & Compliance division, the company helps professionals verify identity, prevent fraud, comply with legislation, search public record information, facilitate and secure commerce, conduct background screening and support law enforcement and security initiatives.  LexisNexis solutions include: Practical Guidance Corporate Governance, an online how-to toolkit for up-to-date corporate governance compliance; LexisAssure, a customisable regulatory alert system that mitigates business risk; ProcureCheck, a web-based tool to monitor your supply chain processes; LexisDiligence, an enhanced due diligence solution for corporate security professionals; Refcheck, a background screening solution, and LegalEasy 2.0, a powerful web-based system that maps your company's legal compliance to any Act, Standard and Best Practice.

PLMJ Network is a partnership of leading firms spread across Portuguese-speaking countries as well as the main target markets for Portuguese investment. It is a network of contacts and cooperation between law firms created with the aim of making the best of resources, synergies and a capacity to respond to the most varied demands of our clients. Through PLMJ Network, clients are able to keep the same contact lawyer, who coordinates the work with local teams through desks specialising in various markets. This allows us to provide our clients with high-quality, full-service legal solutions in all the countries covered by PLMJ Network.

Tailored to the regional market, we provide legal solutions that help our customers streamline their processes, collaborate with colleagues and clients, and leverage critical information and insights. Our products cover the full spectrum of legal needs, within law firms, corporate practice, and government departments. Thomson Reuters delivers best-of-class legal solutions that help you work smarter. Intelligently connect your work and your world through unrivaled content, expertise, and technologies. We have been present in Africa since the 1860’s. In sub Saharan Africa we have 7 offices with 135 business and client facing staff and 200 content and research staff.

VdA Legal Partners stands for all lawyers and law firms associated with Vieira de Almeida for the provision of integrated legal services in Portuguese-speaking and French-speaking Africa, Equatorial Guinea and Timor-Leste.
Through VdA Legal Partners, clients have access to a team of +250 lawyers across 11 jurisdictions, with consistent quality of service and sectorial coverage.
We offer a unique combination of world class know-how and in-depth knowledge of each local situation. Each file entrusted to us is assigned to teams comprised of lawyers specializing in the relevant sector and lawyers residing in the relevant jurisdiction, who can effectively follow-up on the matter locally.  
Our lawyers work together regardless of their location and are subject to regular rotation, maximizing proximity and reciprocal knowledge.

Supporting Organisation

The Corporate Counsel Association of South Africa (CCASA), formerly known as the “Corporate Lawyers Association of South Africa” (or “CLASA”), was established in 1982 in order to represent the interests of the in-house Corporate Counsel in South Africa. In 2017 CCASA was formally recognized by the South African Qualifications Association (SAQA) as the official Body representing the Corporate Counsel profession in South Africa.  CCASA is therefore well-placed to establish benchmarks for Corporate Counsel in South Africa and to ensure that the credibility and high standards expected of the Corporate Counsel profession are maintained in the South African environment.


Media Partner

Gleason Publications – without prejudice

Gleason Publications (Pty) Ltd opened its doors in October 1998. It publishes two niche publications: without prejudice and DealMakers.

without prejudice is supported by a number of law firms; its editorial independence and integrity are jealously guarded. The magazine publishes articles that are current and germane and a wide range of contemporary legal issues are comprehensively discussed in a manner applicable and relevant to practising lawyers while accessible to those outside the legal profession. without prejudice has been called ‘a rare source of invaluable information’. The magazine was first published in October 2001 and added a digital offering in November 2013. The search engine of the digital offering of without prejudice makes it a unique research tool.

Sister publication DealMakers, a quarterly publication that focuses on Mergers & Acquisitions and general corporate finance, was first published in the second quarter of 2000. Catalyst, which covers private equity and venture capital, and DealMakers Africa are incorporated within its covers. The magazine includes deal tables, rankings, and ‘Thort’ articles which cover matters that impact the industry.