Australia: Norton Rose deepens its commitment to Africa
Last Updated: 26 October 2012
  • Norton Rose office opens in Dar es Salaam
  • Immediate growth with new partner hire, Angela Mndolwa

Leading international law firm in Africa, Norton Rose, is further increasing its commitment to the continent by opening a full Norton Rose office in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The Dar es Salaam office will focus on the financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; and transport industry sectors in response to strong domestic demand and growing international investment.

Adam Lovett will head Norton Rose's Tanzania office. Adam has been based in Dar es Salaam for five years and is qualified both as an English solicitor and a Tanzanian advocate. He has built up a reputation for expert corporate work advising local and global clients that are active in the East African region.

Adam will be joined in the Tanzania office by new hire, partner Angela Mndolwa, formerly of Clyde and Co in Dar Es Salaam. Angela is a Tanzanian advocate and an expert in corporate and commercial transactions. She brings with her a wealth of experience and knowledge in the fields of M&A, private equity, oil and gas, employment and real estate.

The firm already has African offices in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Casablanca and is active across 40 African jurisdictions. Norton Rose is the best represented international law firm in Africa with around 260 lawyers including almost 100 partners, in five offices.

Rob Otty, managing director in South Africa, comments:

"After long experience with our own lawyers in Tanzania, it makes sense to cement our presence by opening a full Norton Rose office. Our model is to invest in people and to develop our own corporate culture in the countries in which we operate. Our dedication to Africa and to our clients with an interest in the region is unwavering. We will continue to entrench ourselves as global leaders in Africa."

Adam Lovett, head of Norton Rose in Tanzania, says:

"Tanzania's location makes it a natural hub for business seeking to invest not only in the abundant mineral, agricultural and energy resources of the East African region, but also the growing market of close to half a million consumers in the land-locked countries of East and Southern Africa that are accessed through Tanzanian ports, road and rail networks.

"Our clients, a mixture of international banks, investment funds, insurers, mining, construction and communication companies, will continue to benefit from our knowledge of the local business landscape as well as the expertise of our wider global team. Already, we are seeing cross border opportunities between Tanzania and London, Beijing, South Africa and Singapore. I am pleased to welcome Angela on board, and look forward to further growth of the team."

Norton Rose is globally ranked tier 1 in the most recent edition of Chambers Global (2012) for its Africa-wide expertise in corporate and commercial; projects and energy; and mining and minerals advice and has 21 country-specific tier 1 rankings throughout Africa in Chambers Global 2012; Legal 500 EMEA 2012 and IFLR 2013. This includes seven new tier 1 rankings in IFLR 2013 for its financial and corporate work in Tanzania; Ghana; Mozambique; Nigeria; Tunisia, Uganda and Zambia.

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