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McCarthy Tétrault’s multidisciplinary Africa Group delivers seamless service on an international scale to successfully assist and meet the particular challenges facing clients active in or seeking to enter the diverse continent of Africa.

Our strengths include:

  • In-depth industry knowledge of the key areas of economic and institutional development in Africa, including in the oil & gas, mining, power, telecommunications and infrastructure sectors
  • A longstanding presence and strong reputation in strategic economic centres for the initiation and implementation of many Africa-related transactions: Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montréal, Québec City and London (UK)
  • Our London office, which houses Canadian and UK-qualified barristers and solicitors, and is among the largest of any Canadian law firm providing services in Europe; our practitioners advise international clients on major corporate finance, commercial, infrastructure, regulatory and M&A transactions, including as project counsel managing in-country implementation
  • Being a full-service firm, proficient in a broad range of areas of expertise, including in M&A, corporate finance, project finance and development, infrastructure, government relations, regulatory, litigation and arbitration
  • An understanding of the distinctions of doing business in each African state through our extensive network of qualified and reputable local advisors, and our relationships with local decision makers – in each case strengthened by the members of our Africa Group who travel extensively within Africa 
  • A recognized ability to advise on matters governed by both common and civil law; a significant number of our lawyers are fluent in both English and French, and their expertise is complemented by a solid understanding of OHADA legislation, the unified business law rules applicable in most of French-speaking West and Central Africa
  • Active participation by our Africa Group members in initiatives by Canadian authorities and private entities aimed at developing Canada-Africa business alliances and partnerships, such as the Canadian Council for Africa.
  • Specific expertise in the relevant governance and compliance regimes, including Canada’s Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act, the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the U.K. Bribery Act, 2010
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Africa Projects Map

Our lawyers have acted on many varied and complex transactions and projects across Africa. With a focus on Energy, Mining and Infrastructure, our clients look to us for our top-tier expertise. Please view the link to see a representative sample of our experience in Africa.

McCarthy Tétrault Africa Projects Map


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