What matters in today’s business environment are fast turnaround times and cost-effective solutions. ENSafrica is Africa’s largest law firm, with over 600 practitioners, and 100 years of experience in high-level, complex commercial work. The firm’s focus is on “what’s best for the client” and striving for excellence, in both offering and service. ENSafrica is committed to providing clients with cost-effective outcomes by ensuring work is done at the right level, and in the manner that best suits clients’ preferences and pricing structures.
While many recognise the unique opportunities for trade, investment and growth that Africa represents, predicting in-country and across region risks is not easy, particularly given the rate of exponential change impacting multiple indicators, whether economic, political, technological or social. ENSafrica is an independent law firm with fully integrated offices across Southern, West and East Africa. The firm offers clients many years’ accumulated know-how and solid experience, whether doing business in-country or cross-continent, helping to minimise risk and leverage business opportunities across Africa.
ENSafrica has lawyers qualified to practise English, French and OHADA law, as well as practitioners who are fluent in African and international languages, including Mandarin, Cantonese, French and Portuguese. The firm also has dedicated China and India practice groups, which focus on the African strategies of these countries.
Through the financial services centre of Mauritius, ENSafrica also offers a unique possibility to integrate all aspects of structuring clients’ investments in relation to all commercial areas of law, tax, IP and fiduciary.
As Africa’s largest law firm, ENSafrica is able to provide a complete range of specialised legal services and has the largest dedicated Mandarin-speaking team of all the law firms in Africa, focusing on China business and Chinese clients. ENSafrica China Practice Group has a proven track record of working closely with major Chinese enterprises and enjoys a good understanding of the areas in which Chinese companies experience difficulties when trading in South Africa and the region. The team is able to conduct meetings and consultations in Mandarin and appreciate the requirement of Chinese clients to find a trusted advisor to guide them in their African investments.
China entry and expansion strategy into Africa
Africa entry and expansion strategy into China
Drafting, reviewing documents and negotiating commercial contract
Legal and tax due diligence
Immigration law and applications of permits
Labour law and trade union disputes
Expatriate staff tax planning and tax compliance filing
Buy and sell side advisory
Tax optimization, foreign exchange control and customs advisory
Transfer pricing advisory for Chinese goods import to Africa
Treaties, conventions and practice concerning trade and commerce between different African countries
AGOA, the African Growth and Opportunity Act of the United States
EPA, European Union-Southern Africa Development Community Economic Partnership Agreement
Assessment of tax implications of proposed investments
Commercial disputes - international arbitration, local court actions in foreign jurisdictions, mediation, negotiated settlements
Application of operating licences and regulatory approvals
Registration of foreign investment enterprises
Formation of offshore vehicles
Deep knowledge of laws, customs, language and culture required to address the nuances of local markets throughout Africa
Relationships with trusted advisors in Hong Kong and New York
Consulting services in English, Chinese, French, Spanish and Portuguese