We currently have four strategic outposts: Cairo (Egypt) in cooperation with Bahaa-Eldin Law Office, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) in cooperation with Tameru Wondm Agegnehu Law Office, Dubai (United Arab Emirates), and Beirut (Lebanon) as part of the integration of the law firm Tribonian Law Advisors.
Cairo and Addis Ababa are the first outposts we established in 2016 and are the hub for our development plans in the continent, to which we added Dubai in 2017. The latter represents a platform for us to oversee the whole Gulf area and to further intercept international investments towards Africa.
To Cairo we will bring our international expertise to work hand-in-hand in cooperation with Bahaa-Eldin Law Office which shall be an integral part of our Africa and Middle East presence.
Looking beyond Egypt, Ethiopia is the country that is of most interest to us. We strongly believe that the opening of its doors to foreign investment, the tremendous growth of European business communities and one of the highest GDP growth rate, make it one of the most important African jurisdictions. Ethiopia represents for us another linchpin for our development in the East Africa.
Indeed, Ethiopia has a key role to play in the integration of African countries and in trade between Europe and Africa (the headquarters of the African Union and the EU Delegation in Africa are both in Addis Ababa).
We also have a partnership in place with the Addis Ababa based tier 1 law firm Tameru Wondm Agegnehu Law Office.
But we are also working with The School of Law of the Addis Ababa University on a joint project to identify possible legislation reforms (in Italy and Ethiopia) that will improve industrial and financial relations and increase foreign investment in the country.
To Dubai, we bring our full-service expertise to assist international investors interested in the Gulf region, multinationals with a regional hub in Dubai for business in Africa, and Gulf investors interested in Europe. Effective as of 1 July 2018, our presence in Dubai boasts the integration of Tribonian Law Advisors (TLA), a new generation boutique law firm that has been providing clients expert legal advice in M&A, corporate finance and corporate and commercial law throughout the Middle East through its offices in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon. As part of this integration, we have now one new outpost in Lebanon (Beirut). TLA is recognized as an M&A specialist and has been involved in a number of landmark deals, on cross-border transactions, joint ventures, finance deals in several jurisdictions across the Middle East and Africa. TLA assists regional and international clients on the full spectrum of the M&A deals, joint venture, and private equity, in various industries and sectors throughout the GCC region. TLA’s mergers and acquisitions professionals represent major international corporations in the region on the most noteworthy transactions. In particular TLA’s team focuses on cross-border and domestic mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, early stage investments, fund formation, corporate finance, real estate development and asset purchases, as well as a wide variety of corporate transactions. Thanks to TLA’s integration, through our Dubai office we are now able to advise also on US and UK law governed transactions, combined with a unique language capability (Italian, English, Arabic and French).
Beyond Egypt, Ethiopia, United Arab Emirates and Lebanon, we have and continue to strengthen – a network of highly reputed African and Middle Eastern law firms, with whom we work seamlessly, to support our customers on their needs across the region. We have strong relationships with tier-1 local law firms in various jurisdictions namely Libya, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa and Saudi Arabia: we are able to assist international enterprises in all these countries by setting up for each matter the best integrated teams of Italian and local lawyers which mingles international expertise and outstanding knowledge of the local law.
Besides advising businesses and investors in Africa & Middle East, we are also carving out a key role in the region’s future legal landscape: for instance, we are
advising a number of African governments on legislative reforms in the energy,
banking and corporate sectors to further stimulate foreign investments. In line with the best international practices, we have also launched a Focus Team on Public International Law & Economic Diplomacy, which integrates Angelino Alfano’s skills with those of the professionals who have been advising for years on Public International Law, including anti-corruption, international arbitration, legal reforms, tax and regulatory. The goal is to assist not only companies but also countries, authorities and institutions in the Mediterranean area, Africa and in the Middle East to spur investments.