Africa Practice

Latham’s global presence and regional relationships mean we provide clients doing business in Africa seamless and sophisticated legal advice on almost any topic.

Why Latham

We advise public, private, and state-owned corporations, multinational companies, governments, financial institutions, developers, joint ventures, and other entities in countries throughout Africa. Our team serves clients across multiple industries, ranging from oil and gas, infrastructure, power, and mining and metals, to telecommunications, fintech, bank regulatory, and cleantech.

Our Africa Practice pairs a proven record of success across the continent with vast experience advising on capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, and financing transactions, as well as international arbitration matters in the region and around the globe. We shepherd clients through large-scale projects in virtually every major African country, navigating linguistic, cultural, political, and commercial nuances across jurisdictions.

We work closely with highly regarded local counsel to provide clients tailored advice and representation on the legal, business, and regulatory aspects of their business in Africa.

With our ability to tap the firm’s global resources, our Africa Practice is uniquely positioned to help clients achieve their business goals.

Awards & Rankings

  • IJGlobal Names Latham North America Legal Advisor of the Year - March 28, 2018
  • Firm Advises on Six Groundbreaking “Deals of the Year” - June 07, 2016
  • Project Finance Practice Advises on Five "Deals of the Year" - April 04, 2016
  • Project Finance Practice Advises on Three “Deals of the Year” - December 27, 2015
  • TMT Finance Names Latham & Watkins “Legal Adviser of the Year” for MENA - May 18, 2014

Market participants describe it as a "really special team," particularly lauding its "knowledge of subject matter."

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Media Coverage

Rising Star: Latham & Watkins' David ZiyambiPrivate Equity Investment in Africa's Oil and Gas Industry - Where to Now?Africa’s Funding Alternative


Latham Advises The Rise Fund on Investment in Airtel Africa’s Mobile Money Business at US$2.65 Billion Valuation Latham Advises on Africa’s Largest Project Financing US$20 Billion Mozambique LNG ProjectLatham & Watkins Advises Interswitch on Strategic Partnership with Visa

Thought Leadership

Nigerian Power Sector: 2016 Investment Opportunities and Challenges Africa's Funding AlternativeAfrica: Insights on Deal Trends in a PE Growth Market