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their footprint in Africa is unparalleled
Chambers Global Guide 2020

over 600 practitionersAfrica know-howover 200 years experience

With over 600 specialist practitioners, ENS is Africa’s largest law firm and has the capacity to deliver on your business requirements across all major industries and the African continent. We are able to leverage our resources to deliver legal solutions that suit your pricing preferences and timeframes.

Over many years, ENS has developed a large knowledge base of resources and a deep understanding of local nuances and ways of doing business. We have practical experience working on the ground and direct access to high-end, professional contacts across the continent, assuring you of consistent quality and world-class service. We have practitioners who are qualified to practise English law and French law and we have extensive experience in the legal codes of OHADA used in West and Central Africa.

ENS is recognised by top ranking agencies such as Chambers Global Guide, Legal 500 EMEA Guide, IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate Guide and International Tax Review’s World Tax Guide, as well as by the African Legal Awards, for achieving consistently high standards when working on the continent.

We will work to find innovative solutions to ensure you achieve your commercial goals, whether it be successfully executing a strategy, maintaining a competitive edge or defending your position. Our aim is to deliver in the manner that best suits your business requirements, preferences and pricing structures. We can advise you directly, or work closely with your in-house legal teams.

With more than 200 years’ experience, ENS has significant expertise across the breadth of commercial areas and covering the African continent. We are committed to creating enduring client relationships, which are founded in a values-driven culture, and to providing you with to-the-point, jargon-free advice. We harness our deep specialist expertise in areas relevant to the project and at the correct level. This enables us to tailor-make solutions for you, with the desired turnaround times and cost efficiencies.

always delivers on time and in full, never disappoints, a true trusted adviser that is always available
Legal 500 EMEA Guide 2020
widely praised as the pre-eminent firm in the market
Chambers Global Guide 2020
innovative solutions to complex problems
Chambers Global Guide 2020
they are very knowledgeable and give thorough opinions, opinions you know you can trust
Chambers FinTech Guide 2020

level 1 BBBEE rating (South Africa)




disposal of operations in nine African countries by a global energy giant.
the restructure of a multinational brewing and beverage company’s multi-tiered ownership.
acquisition of a mining company in the USA by a major South African gold producer.
a number of highly complex, high-value transactions involving the restructure of loans and capital structure, the raising of new bridging finance and the deferral and write down of debt obligations by an African retail giant.
sale of the Southern African margarine and spreads business by a global consumer goods company.
divestment through the sell down of a British multinational investment bank’s shareholding.
international telecommunications operator’s acquisition of a stake in an East African operator.
black economic empowerment ownership scheme by a major energy company.
buy out of a Moroccan insurance company operating in 33 countries across Africa, Europe and the Middle East by a financial conglomerate.
disposal of various assets of one of the world’s largest gold producers.