ENSafrica has established offices and a growing footprint throughout Africa. Its offering to clients is unique, in that it is focused on Africa, and its offices do not operate through a network, nor an alliance, nor a “Swiss Verein”, but as one firm | one team with one brand, made up of people in Africa, working for Africa.
As a law firm based in Africa, ENSafrica has easy access to clients and their markets, and understands the many political, cultural, linguistic and regulatory contexts of African countries.
Whether dealing with the complexity of a multi-jurisdictional project, or the establishment of a start-up business in one African country, ENSafrica’s localised experience and expertise ensures that clients obtain the benefit of scale and scope when doing business in Africa...
“Pioneering full-service firm with a large African continental network.” … “Highly competent and extremely professional, with just the right degree of personal touch.” – Chambers Global Guide 2016
“The firm works seamlessly throughout [its offices], and can serve its clients across the continent with a one firm approach. … They are dedicated to both the client and the task at hand.” – IFLR1000 2017
“The ‘practical’ team at ENSafrica is well placed to advise clients on investments into Africa, leveraging its strong network of offices across the continent.” – The Legal 500 2016
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