African lawyers able to serve Africa, because they know Africa

We have operated in Africa long enough to have intimate knowledge of its cultures, customs, and challenges. We have seen the continent in seasons of great hope, and we have seen it face great difficulties. We know and appreciate the considerations for a client wanting to do business in Africa; because these become our considerations. Our wealth of knowledge of the African economic and social landscape enables us to offer the kind of corporate and commercial legal advice that speaks directly to country specifics and is cognisant of the legal risks in the different territories.

The LEX Africa advantage, told as a real African story.

As a founder member of LEX Africa, Werksmans has an enviable track record and experience in advising on multi-jurisdictional transactions, dispute resolution, and other corporate, commercial, and regulatory matters. LEX Africa, a legal alliance of leading law firms in 30 African countries, is Africa’s largest legal alliance.

Through our membership, we can offer clients legal advice in Algeria, Angola, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Guinea Conakry, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Our in-depth expertise, fully-integrated seamless Africa office, and years of experience enable us to anticipate potential challenges and take the appropriate risk mitigation measures. We see Africa as an integral part of all our work – not just a separate practice group. We, therefore, view all our lawyers as African lawyers who bring not only their expertise to all matters but also a thorough knowledge of the territorial dynamics that make each African matter unique.

With our excellent track record in Africa, we have advised major banks and corporates on a range of complex transactions, dispute resolution, and other corporate/commercial and regulatory matters. These include mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, private equity, joint ventures, banking and project finance, competition, litigation, and tax practices in various African countries. Our firm has unrivalled depth and breadth of experience in the disparate legal and commercial environments of many African countries, positioning us to tell the real African story to Africa – and beyond.

LEX Africa produces popular business and specialist guides annually. Click the relevant guide below to download your free copy.

Guide to Doing Business in Africa

Guide to Mining Regimes in Africa

Guide to Insolvency and Business Restructuring in Africa

Guide to the Enforcement of Foreign Judgment and Arbitral Awards in Africa

For more information on LEX Africa and its members, visit

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