Expanding Opportunities for Clients Doing Business in Africa. King & Spalding has become one of the most active international law firms in Africa by providing our clients a strong combination of regional and local African expertise, international legal acumen and extensive commercial knowledge in matters across the continent.
Our team includes some of the world’s leading energy, project development, corporate and dispute resolution lawyers, many of whom have more than 20 years’ experience handling pioneering matters in Africa. We are business advisers—as much as lawyers—to our clients doing business throughout the continent, working hand-in-hand with them to help find solutions that expand their commercial opportunities and resolve their issues.
Extensive Experience Across the Continent. From our offices in Paris, London, Houston and the Middle East—and supported by our 14 other offices around the world—our practice serves clients doing business in Francophone, Anglophone, Portuguese-speaking and Spanish-speaking Africa. More than 250 of our lawyers have worked on deals and disputes in Africa, and several of them spend 80 to 100 percent of their time on Africa-related work.
We are particularly well known for our North Africa practice, a dedicated team that includes lawyers born and raised in the region and lawyers who have practiced there for more than 15 years. Throughout the rest of the continent, we have an extensive practice in both common law and civil law jurisdictions and deep knowledge of the cultural, legal and administrative challenges of doing business in these jurisdictions and how to successfully address them.
Globally Recognized Practice Strengths. Our Africa practice is a destination practice for international companies seeking to develop pioneering projects, execute strategically critical deals and resolve complex disputes in Africa. Our Africa disputes team is anchored by our world-leading International Arbitration team, which Global Arbitration Review and Chambers Global ranked among the world’s top practices in 2015. Our Africa energy and project development team, which is part of our globally ranked Projects & Energy practice, is known for leading the way on pioneering energy projects in Africa, many of which are transformational projects with significant economic impacts on the countries in which they are located.