SA envoy tips local businesses on strategic partnerships

Wednesday April 20 2016

By Jonathan Adengo

KAMPALA. The South African high commissioner to Uganda has encouraged local businesses to partner with strong established brands to be able to compete well in the global market.
Mr Lekoa Solly Mollo was speaking at the launch of new offices for AF Mpanga Advocates, an affiliate of the Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group, a leading Pan-African law firm, in Nakasero, Kampala last week.

“Africa is the next big economic success and all global companies are looking to set up shop here, those companies want to come with knowledge and understanding of the local markets and as such, partnerships will help grow the local businesses,” he said.
Mr Mollo also said through such partnerships as the one between Mpanga and Co Advocates and Bowman Gilfillan, a company is able to use one legal representative to carry out its businesses across the continent without need to hire more.
Mr David Mpanga, a partner at AF Mpanga Advocates, said the collaboration is essentially one firm running in different countries.

“We have partnered and set a pan African law firm to compete with but also work with international law firms to work for transnational clients,” he said.
AF Mpanga Advocates is a leading law firm in Uganda in the tier one ranking according to the 2015 performance release of Chambers and Partners, a global law firm rankings agency, released on March 17.
The ranking placed AF Mpanga among the top five corporate law firms in Uganda as at the end of 2015.
Talking about the success that the firm has achieved, Mr Mpanga said nothing comes over night. He said: “There is no substitute for hard work and integrity. You have to work hard to get to the top if you want loyal clients.”