Norton Rose Fulbright has further expanded its footprint in Africa through a strategic alliance with Walker Kontos in Kenya.

Walker Kontos has 18 fee earners, nine of which are partners. The firm is ranked tier 1 for banking and finance by Chambers Global and has received accolades for its work in M&A, project finance, energy, capital markets and real estate.

“The alliance with Walker Kontos reflects the strategic importance of Africa to our global business, where we work with a wide range of clients particularly in the areas of financial institutions, energy and infrastructure,” says Donald Dinnie, the global firm’s recently-appointed managing director in South Africa.

Norton Rose Fulbright has been working with Walker Kontos for more than 10 years.

The alliance will be formally launched in October 2016.

The move is the latest in a string of similar agreements forged by the firm in the last year. It entered into alliances with Gill, Godlonton & Gerrans, one of Zimbabwe’s largest law firms, Shonubi Musoke & Co Advocates, one of Uganda’s top-three law firms and an associated office in Burundi through Shonubi, Musoke, Gilbert & Partners in February 2015.