who is ENSafrica
ENSafrica is Africa's largest law firm. The firm benchmarks itself according to international standards whilst retaining a uniquely African focus, and advises clients wherever they may choose to do business on the continent.
ENSafrica has approximately 550 practitioners and was established over 100 years ago, making it one of the oldest full-service law firms in Africa. The firm has a breadth and depth of experience and specialist expertise that spans all areas of law, tax, forensics and IP.
in Africa | for Africa
ENSafrica has established offices in and a growing footprint throughout Africa. The firm's unwavering commitment to being in Africa | for Africa as a fully integrated firm, and its goal of delivering world-class business advice on the continent, has resulted in unprecedented growth and an extensive client offering.
Doing business in Africa can pose unique problems and it is ENSafrica's understanding of the political, cultural, linguistic and regulatory contexts spanning the various countries in Africa that sets it apart. Whether dealing with the complexity of a multi-jurisdictional project, or the establishment of a start-up business in one African country, it is essential to have localised and relevant experience and expertise in order to fully capitalise on the opportunities available as well as circumnavigate any pitfalls. Being on the ground in Africa enables the firm to offer clients cost-effective legal advice.
The firm also has transactional experience in Anglophone and Francophone countries, having a number of practitioners qualified in English law, as well as practitioners who are qualified to practise French and OHADA law (the legal system used for business by 17 nations in West and Central Africa). In addition, the firm's Portuguese-speaking lawyers assist clients when doing business in Angola and Mozambique.
one firm | one team
The key to the firm's success and its differentiator in the market is that its offices do not collaborate by means of a network, an alliance or a "Swiss Verein". ENSafrica's offices are fully integrated and operate as one firm. This means that ENSafrica offers a service that is markedly different by offering clients on-the-ground expertise with local experience in various African countries, and the comfort and ease of dealing with one firm.
Instead of practitioners doing a client's work across a range of disciplines, ENSafrica has specialised teams, each comprising of practitioners dedicated to building their experience and expertise in one particular area of law. As a result, work is always done by the person who can do it the best.
Irrespective of how many business areas a transaction spans, work is done not only at the right level, but also by the person most qualified to give advice. This means that clients have the benefit of deep expertise, fast turnaround times, cost-effective advice and access to specialised advice whenever, and wherever, they need it.
ENSafrica is rated as a Leading Law Firm by various publications, including Chambers and Partners Global Guide 2013, IFLR1000 2013 and Legal 500 2013.
"(ENSafrica) has been commended for its great technical knowledge and brilliant turnaround times." "A top-tier firm." "The accessibility couldn't be better, and they're very hard-working people." "An absolutely outstanding firm." "Customer service is excellent, and the advice is practical."- Chambers and Partners Global Guide
"(ENSafrica is) a good firm with a great client base." "It attracts international client work and in big transactions you see these guys. They've shown over the years that they deserve to be among the top tier." "There are excellent lawyers in the firm." - IFLR1000
"(ENSafrica) always 'adds value to a transaction'. 'Top-class professionals' show 'seasoned judgement' and 'great instinct'. (The firm) provides 'excellent, commercially savvy advice', 'clarity of thought' and 'unsurpassed industry knowledge'. A go-to adviser." - Legal 500