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We understand the rhythm of business in Africa

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Helping you build strong partnerships across the African continent

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Reaching across Africa
to expand our Alliance
of Expertise

About LEX Africa

LEX Africa is an alliance of leading law firms in over 20 African countries which was founded in 1993 and was the first legal alliance focussing solely on Africa. Only African law firms join the Alliance subject to strict performance and selection criteria to ensure world class standards of legal practice. Each member is an independent law firm whose key specialist focus is on general corporate and commercial law as well as litigation and dispute resolution. LEX Africa effectively covers the entire African continent and provides a valuable resource for businessmen and investors in Africa.

LEX Africa has a more than 20 year track record of assisting and advising clients on their African business activities. Each member is a full service business law firm with expert knowledge and experience on both local laws and the local business, political, cultural and economic environment. LEX Africa accordingly provides a “one stop shop” and Pan African legal team for cross border and domestic African legal solutions to clients wherever they wish to do business in Africa.

Member firms share similar values and commit to the highest professional, ethical and service delivery standards. A lawyer exchange program and specialist LEX Africa practice and industry sector groups have been established.

LEX Africa’s management office is situated at the offices of the South African member, Werksmans Attorneys. A management committee is elected at each Annual General Meeting of members. LEX Africa produces a popular annual Business Guide and specialist guides including on Mining in Africa and Insolvency and Restructuring.

Latest News

Mining, Zimbabwe
By LEX Africa / 20th October 2016

Between a rock and hard place: Zim’s mining law amendments

Zimbabwe’s Mining Ministry is considering an amendment which could see prison sentences imposed on errant mining directors whose companies damage...

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Competition, Economy, South Africa
By LEX Africa / 13th October 2016

What South Africa can learn about its WEF Global Competitiveness Index rank

There are areas that threaten to unseat the country from capitalising on the global attention it receives… The Global Competitiveness...

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Construction, Nigeria
By LEX Africa / 5th October 2016

Pleas for Nigeria’s construction industry bill to be passed into law

Nigeria’s construction industry could once again see itself on the right side of the standards debate, if the Safety and...

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Practice Groups

Our popular guides

Business guideGuide to doing Business in Africa

Doing business in Africa is associated with diverse challenges and risks and must accordingly be founded on a strong legal base. As the interest in Africa grows, many investors look to the African continent for potential investment. LEX Africa helps you understand the significant challenges in accessing critical information on the investment, tax and regulatory environments in our member countries.

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Insolvency GuideGuide to Insolvency and Restructuring in Africa 

Although there are significant and crucial differences remaining between individual African jurisdictions of insolvency legislation, current reforms appear to reflect an attempt to harmonize insolvency and restructuring regimes across the continent.The purpose of this publication is to gain a better understanding of what makes up the various insolvency and rescue regimes in relevant African jurisdictions.

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Guide to Mining in Africa

Africa is well endowed with mineral resources. It harbours the world’s largest mineral reserves of platinum, gold, diamonds, chromite, manganese, and vanadium. Mining in Africa is an integral and important part of the continent's economy. Many mining projects suffer extreme risks and difficult decisions and sound mining law is integral for an investment decision. Our publication helps you gain a better understanding of what makes up the various laws in each African jurisdiction.

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