Linklaters named Southern Africa Law Firm of the Year

Linklaters has been named Southern Africa Law Firm of the Year at the Southern African Compliance Awards (SACA) 2014. The awards were held at Montecasino, Johannesburg, on 18 November.

 The firm has had an Africa practice for over 30 years, with experience spanning 50 African jurisdictions. Linklaters’ Africa Group comprises partners who have extensive experience across Anglophone, Francophone and Lusophone Africa, enabling the firm to provide uniquely comprehensive coverage of African countries with English, French and Portuguese legal and linguistic traditions. Linklaters is the only international law firm with an office in Lisbon, providing clients with an exclusive advantage in Lusophone Africa. Lawyers from across the firm’s international network, including London, Lisbon, Paris, Brussels, Dubai, India, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul, Singapore, New York and Sao Paolo, work together to coordinate the firm’s Africa practice. Additionally, the firm’s collaborative alliance with Webber Wentzel, enables to two firms to provide clients with a unique combination of international and local experience, knowhow and resource in South Africa.

A particular factor contributing to the firm’s success was the strength of the Operational Intelligence Group (OIG), established to deliver multi-jurisdictional advice on a range of matters that can broadly be categorised as “risk, regulation and governance”. The group  brings together a global team of lawyers with experience of advising on corporate, regulatory, antitrust, data privacy, sustainability, and anti-bribery and corruption questions to multinational corporations, boards, governments, non-governmental entities and other stakeholders.

Linklaters’ International Governance and Development Practices (IGDP) were also a factor in the firm’s success. The IGDP, which recently contributed to the firm’s winning the 2014 Financial Times’ Innovative Lawyers European Award, advise our corporate clients, governments, multilaterals, IFIs and major non-governmental organisations on the full spectrum of governance challenges they confront. The IGDP were set up to address a broad range of challenges facing global development resulting from ineffective governance, including lost economic growth, corruption and waste, and works with clients to adapt principles-based approaches to governance that embed transparency, accountability, evidence of effectiveness and adaptability into their organisations.