Law firm continues expansion in Africa, allies with Kenyan firm

by Sol Dolor27 Jul 2016
Norton Rose Fulbright has inked a strategic alliance with Kenyan law firm Walker Kontos, continuing its expansion in Africa.

The alliance, which formally launches in October, increases the global firm’s alliances to Burundi, Kenya, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Their office in Dar es Salaam, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Casablanca also provides coverage in Africa.

“We are very excited about our alliance with Walker Kontos as it reflects the strategic importance of Africa to our global business. Walker Kontos brings an unparalleled breadth of experience in the region which complements our activities in East Africa,” Donald Dinnie, managing director of Norton Rose Fulbright in South Africa, said. 

Walker Kontos, ranked Band 1 for banking & finance by Chambers Global, has 18 fee earners, 9 of which are partners.

The firm which operates from Nairobi Kenya has received accolades for its work in M&A, project finance, energy, capital markets and real estate matters.

The alliance will focus on financial institutions, energy and infrastructure, Norton Rose Fulbright said.
 “We have ambitious growth plans for the African continent and East Africa is a key hub for our clients. We see immediate opportunities in Africa in particular across energy, infrastructure and commodities. This alliance marks a significant step forward in fulfilling these ambitions, and will further enhance our global offering,” Peter Martyr, global chief executive, Norton Rose Fulbright, commented.

“We are very excited. The alliance bridges our clients’ evolving needs in an increasingly globalised economy, while at the same time recognising the importance of Kenya as a financial and legal services hub in the region,” Michael Kontos, managing partner at Walker Kontos, said.