Adams & Adams Is The Africa IP Law Firm Of The Year For Second Year Running

Adams & Adams Management Committee with MIP Firm of the Year, Africa, 2015 & 2016 Awards (From Left to Right: Grégor Wolter, Simon B. Brown, Vishen Pillay, Gérard du Plessis (Chairman), Louis van der Walt, Kelly Thomson, Dave Forbes and Nolo Khechane.)
16 Mar 2016
Adams & Adams Management Committee with MIP Firm of the Year, Africa, 2015 & 2016 Awards (From Left to Right: Grégor Wolter, Simon B. Brown, Vishen Pillay, Gérard du Plessis (Chairman), Louis van der Walt, Kelly Thomson, Dave Forbes and Nolo Khechane.)


London | At the lavish MIP Global Awards banquet held at The Savoy on 10 March, Adams & Adams was confirmed as the leading law firm in Africa by Managing IP for 2016. Partners, Dario Tanziani and Danie Dohmen were on hand to accept the award and to celebrate the firm’s phenomenal achievements in uniting and advancing the business of good intellectual property in territories across the continent.

“We are immensely proud of the reprised validation by members of MIP of our firm’s dominance in Africa,” said current firm Chairman, Gérard du Plessis, of the award. “We are also grateful that our global clients continue to trust the legal strength of Adams & Adams as we continue to extend our reach to support commercial interests in Africa’s growing economies, and in so doing establishing strong Intellectual Property and Commercial services in key business hubs across the continent.”

Earlier, at the International Patent Summit, the Adams & Adams partners addressed visitors on the IP landscape in Africa and expounded on the firm’s experiences related to the scope and feasibility of patent searching, and the Madrid system in various jurisdictions in Africa. Danie Dohmen also provided analysis on recent case law developments impacting on patents, designs and trademarks strategies in South Africa.


Adams & Adams continues to push the boundaries of its evolution and positioning. Africa’s largest intellectual property law firm established an Associate office in Egypt, in December 2015, that will also service the firm’s clients in the other North African territories of Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia as well as the north eastern territory of Sudan. This is a first for a South African law firm and brings to 15 the number of Associate offices in different African countries that form part of the Adams & Adams Africa Network (AAAN). These include offices in Mozambique, Angola and Cameroon which service important jurisdictions and the important regional IP organisations, ARIPO and OAPI.

“We are very excited by these recent developments. The addition of North Africa onto our Network places Adams & Adams in a unique position in terms of its IP offering on the African continent”, Simon Brown, Partner and Co-Chairperson of the Trade Marks Department.

Adams & Adams’ strategy has not only been to expand its network in Africa but to ensure that this expansion is beneficial to its clients by aligning workflows leading to greater efficiency and more advantageous pricing to its clients. The firm’s focus on Africa began many years ago and has gained traction and momentum with the emergence of the African economy’s growth potential and the consequential requirements of the firm’s global clients. In the past three years, Adams & Adams has also established Associate offices in Kenya (2013) and Nigeria & Ghana (2014).

“The central thrust of our Africa Network continues to be about sharing information, the exchange of knowledge, and establishing long lasting relationships. The platform that we have provided is bearing fruit, not only in the quality of the service that we are providing to our clients, but our increased involvement in assisting some countries with the drafting or amendment of their IP legislation,” said Brown.

“Only an African firm with the heritage and legal pedigree of Adams & Adams is able to leverage local knowledge and world-class capacity to provide peerless support to clients in the rapidly developing regions of Africa,” added Megan Moerdijk. “We continue to assist, advise and receive instructions for projects and legal requirements of any scale in all territories of the continent.

“Adams & Adams will be partnering with MIP for the Africa Roadshow in New York on 6 April 2016. Professionals of this 108-year leader in African IP will be leading discussions with legal and brand professionals in laying the foundations for intellectual property success on the continent.

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