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Pan-African law group gets new member



New member has competence in English, Portuguese

NBA, Abubakar Balarabe Mahmoud President

By John Eche


The leading alliance of independent top tier African law firms, the African Legal Network, ALN, has added a new member from Mozambique to its fast-growing network.

The new member is lthe Mozambican firm, ABCC (formerly SCAN Advogados) and it was admitted into the network on February 1, 2017.

ALN Chairman, Dr. Cheick Modibo Diarra, welcomed the new addition stating: “ALN will continue to expand across Africa. ALN’s strategy is to build a strong integrated pan-African network uniting like-minded individuals and working towards a common goal of connecting Africa and improving the rule of law on the continent”.

ALN is well placed to assist clients across the full range of key industry sectors including energy, infrastructure, projects, technology, media and telecommunications, corporate M&A, banking and finance, power, natural resources and real estate. It has particular strength of coverage in East Africa and Southern Africa and has a member firm in Nigeria covering West Africa.

ABCC was founded in 2009 by Francisco Avillez and Paulo Centeio, two very experienced lawyers who shared the vision of building an independent law firm which would attract work from domestic, regional and international players looking for real on-the-ground representation. The firm has grown to four partners, eight lawyers, two trainees and one paralegal and has been involved in some of the largest and most pioneering projects in Mozambique. The team is able to draft and negotiate contracts in English and Portuguese.

ALN is an alliance of independent top tier African law firms. It is one of Africa’s largest and most integrated legal groupings, with close working relationships across its members and an established network of Best Friends across the continent. ALN’s firms are committed to working together to provide extensive coverage and on-the-ground experience. ALN assists member firms by developing common knowledge sharing platforms and enhancing their capacity and capability to service a growing volume of high-value domestic and international corporate and commercial advisory work across Africa.

ALN has members in Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. In South Africa, Webber Wentzel is an associate firm.


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