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Having left the trade and projects team at Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) earlier this year, Charles Morrison is now settled in as partner in the finance team at the world’s second largest law firm, DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary. Morrison has joined to substantially increase business with Africa and his years of experience in trade finance and banking within the continent will no doubt prove invaluable to the firm. He joins the existing Africa desk spearheaded until now by partner Segun Osuntokun.
DLA, which has partnerships with South African firm Cliffe Decker and Portuguese firm Miranda (located notably in Angola and Mozambique), is ready to take on the big mandates that Morrison has had experience with in the past.
“If people have a deal in Africa and need real specialist in-country knowledge, if they need lawyers with hands-on experience of major deals in sub-Saharan Africa and to understand the jurisdictions, the security aspects, the customs and the pitfalls, they will find it hard to ignore this firm,” says Morrison.
Another well-known DWS Africa-hand, Grant Henderson, is also joining the team, based as previously in Zambia. There may be further additions to the team, Morrison adds.