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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; these associations are enhanced by the strong involvement of one of our partners, Jean Charest, the former Prime Minister of Québec and former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada.
  • 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

    Recognition of excellence, with numerous international awards and recognitions, such as:

    • rankings in Chambers Global as a leading firm in the key areas of development in Africa, including international trade and investment (Band 1), mining, energy and power (Band 1), telecommunications and broadcasting (Band 1), PPP and infrastructure (Band 1), and banking and finance (Band 1)   
    • being named most recently in IFLR 1000’s Sub-Saharan Africa Energy and Infrastructure Guide as a notable firm serving the region  
    • Africa Elite Report 2016 published by The Lawyer Magazine highlighted McCarthy Tétrault among international law firms as:
      6th African Energy and Power M& A deals ranked by value 2005 - 2015
      6th Egyptian Energy and Power M& A deals ranked by value 2005 - 2015
      10th Nigerian Energy and Power M& A deals ranked by value 2005 – 2015

Please click here to view a list of our representative transactions.

For more information, please contact:

LONDON, UK

Richard Temple
+44 (0)20 7786 5706
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MONTREAL

Pierre Boivin
514-397-5675
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Pierre Langlois
514-397-4428
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QUEBEC

Pierre Boivin
418-521-3012
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