Fasken lines up South African merger

By James Barnes

22 October 2012 at 10:59 BST

Canadian law firm Fasken Martineau is to merge with Johannesburg-based outfit Bell Dewar in the latest move by a global legal practice in South Africa.

Toronto: Fasken Martineau HQ

Toronto: Fasken Martineau HQ

The merger will create one of the largest law firms operating in the jurisdiction, and will also give Fasken the largest international footprint of any Canada-based legal practice.
David Corbett, Fasken firm managing partner, said: ‘Our firm has long been known for our unique understanding of the African marketplace. This merger speaks both to the power of our brand and to the expanded capabilities and services we now offer to our global clients.’


Bell Dewar managing partner Blaize Vance added: ‘As we looked to expand our base and grow our Africa business, we considered a number of potential partners. Fasken Martineau was the obvious choice given the firm’s reach, expertise and global capabilities.’
The merger with Bell Dewar – which currently has 76 lawyers – is expected to be completed by the beginning of February next year.


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