Dentons’ partners have voted in favor of combining with East African Law Chambers, a pre-eminent law firm in Tanzania. In 2020, Dentons has added 21 new offices around the world in an environment where other law firms are standing still, contracting or withdrawing from key markets.
On a continent scarred by the legacy of colonial domination and in a market where the operations of every leading law firm are hierarchical, Dentons’ unique polycentric and anti-colonial approach has been a stark differentiator, disrupting the traditional model for providing legal services in Africa.
The combination with EALC advances Dentons’ strategy to become the leading Pan-African law firm owned and controlled by Africans. The combination will position Dentons as the largest global law firm in Tanzania from launch, helping clients to navigate the New Dynamic in 14 locations in Africa and 188 locations across 77 countries around the world.
EALC has five partners and 13 lawyers and is a recognized leader in Banking and Finance, Capital Markets and Securities, Competition, Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate and Commercial, Employment and Labor, Intellectual Property, Dispute Resolution, Mining, Oil and Gas, Real Estate, Taxation and Tax law, Telecommunications, Media and Technology. The combination would lead to significant synergies in light of Dentons’ strengths in each of these areas.