International law firm Pinsent Masons has recently announced plans to launch in Johannesburg. The South African office will mark the firm’s first outpost in Africa, after already having established offices across Europe, East Asia, Australia and the Middle East. The Johannesburg team will focus predominantly on infrastructure, with Rob Morson, former head of construction at Bowman Gilfillan and Shane Voigt, also from Bowman, leading the launch. The firm already has a well-established Africa practice with around 40 partners and 150 lawyers working on Africa-related projects, specialising specifically in energy and infrastructure. The new office marks the second new location for Pinsent Masons this year, after opening in Düsseldorf in February.
Senior partner Richard Foley said, “Africa is a fast-growing market with clear infrastructure need. It’s a market where we are already doing significant business for Chinese organisations, European contractors, investors and funds. Having an on-the-ground presence in Johannesburg, led by a team with a market-leading reputation will enable us to scale the existing practice significantly.” The office will initially focus on infrastructure as well as projects concerning the energy, IT, telecoms and transport industries. Foley concluded, “We said at the turn of the year that we would continue to invest to stay relevant and this is proof of our commitment.”