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iLaw welcomes leading South African and Nigerian firms to the ICLA alliance.

July 29, 2021
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One of the founding members of the International Commercial Law Alliance (ICLA), iLaw, is delighted to announce that Hermon Law of Nigeria and Barnard Inc. Attorneys of South Africa have joined the global group – adding to its recent expansion in Africa.

Both firms have a strong presence across their respective jurisdictions and offer a wide range of legal services including corporate and commercial law, property law, commercial litigation, insurance and family law.

Hermon Law and Barnard Inc. Attorneys hope to employ their highly experienced and motivated teams to assist fellow ICLA members so that their clients can enter new and growing markets in Africa by calling on their local expertise.

Benjamin Obidegwu, Partner of Hermon Law, is very pleased to participate as a member of ICLA.

He said: “At HERMON Legal Practitioners, we are committed to excellence, and client’s care is at the heart of who we are. Being amongst the best commercial law firms in Nigeria we are absolutely delighted to be admitted as a member of ICLA and have no doubt our membership of ICLA will bring great benefits to our clients and the alliance. We look forward to meeting and interacting with other members of the Alliance and clients”

Douw Breed, Managing Director of Barnard Inc. Attorneys also added “Barnard Incorporated is delighted to form part of the exclusive and prestigious alliance, ICLA. As a firm, we consider this as a great platform for business and growth opportunities in southern Africa – for the firm and the clients of the alliance. In addition, by belonging to an alliance which echoes the same client service values, we are confident that our clients will always be serviced by another member firm of the alliance appreciating our clients’ interests sincerely whenever they require international legal assistance.”

The latest partnerships build on ICLA’s growing expansion following its additions to the Alliance in Asia and South America in 2019 and 2020.

Mark Culbert, Managing Director at London-based member firm iLaw, said: “We are very excited that Hermon Law and Barnard Inc. Attorneys have decided to join ICLA, as it offers clients access to dedicated legal advice in new jurisdictions and in a new continent.”

“The level of local knowledge that the firms can offer, and their expertise in certain disciplines, such as joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, competition law and a number of other crucial areas, will play a key role in building the profile of ICLA across the globe.

“We look forward to working with both firms and their teams on various matters in future.”

ICLA is a strategic group of law firms from around the world, which enables its members to access legal expertise in more than 35 jurisdictions.

ICLA law firms are all leaders in their own fields, but share the same goals and values, namely, to provide their clients with first-class legal advice and to deliver excellent value.

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