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20 January 2017

Norton Rose Fulbright boosts South African presence with new acquisition

Norton Rose Fulbright has added four lawyers to its team in South Africa through the acquisition of local commercial law boutique Keller Snyman Schelhase.

By Kathryn Higgins

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The acquisition of the Cape Town-based firm will welcome four new lawyers, including three partners, to NRF’s South Africa partnership, bringing its total lawyer headcount in the country to 33. Andrea Keller, Anton Schelhase and Lauren Fine will all join NRF as directors. The team specialises in infrastructure, transport, retail, real estate, energy and financial services sector work. NRF South Africa managing partner Donald Dinnie commented: ‘South Africa is an important jurisdiction for Norton Rose Fulbright and we have partnered with Keller Snyman Schelhase in the past on significant transactions.  This addition will enable us to progress our long-term strategy across South Africa and the African continent, and will further support our ambition of becoming one of the world’s leading providers of legal services.’ The acquisition of KSS comes six years after NRF opened its flagship office in South Africa.

Sources: NRF; The American Lawyer; Legal Week

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