- Centurion Law Group opens new headquarters in Sandton, Johannesburg
- Pan-African network of affiliate legal professionals offers local expertise to global clients
- Professionals in the group specialise in diverse elements of corporate legal requirements
- Centurion Law Group makes significant investment in the local and regional economy
Johannesburg – Centurion Law Group, a pan-African law conglomerate, has opened its new headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa, strategically positioning itself to offer continent-wide expertise and insight to local and international businesses requiring legal services and business advisory.
The firm is celebrating the official opening of the Johannesburg office on March 31, 2016, after having relocated its headquarters from Malabo in Equatorial Guinea. With offices in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea; Accra, Ghana; and Douala, Cameroon already well established, the group intends to expand its reach even farther in the coming months. Centurion currently represents clients in Cameroon, Gabon, Nigeria, South Africa, Equatorial Guinea, Angola, Comoros, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Namibia, Niger, Ghana, Tanzania, Chad, Zimbabwe, South Sudan and other African countries.
In addition to its offices, Centurion has a network of affiliate firms that are locally trained in the legal frameworks of the countries in which they operate and draw from their experience of conditions ‘on the ground’ when advising clients, positioning them perfectly to respond to business needs.
“Our pan-African approach has been carefully honed to offer our clients the best possible solutions that respond to local legal frameworks and conditions,” said NJ Ayuk, CEO of Centurion Law Group. “Our affiliate network includes the continent’s best legal minds, trained in the specifics of each country and able to offer meaningful and relevant legal support to clients operating in each market.”
Centurion’s diverse team of legal professionals includes specialists in Corporate and Commercial law, Banking and Finance, Anti-Corruption Advisory, Labour and Employment, Oil and Gas, Energy and Mining, Construction, Tax and Customs, Aviation, Environmental Law, Arbitration and Commercial Litigation. The group’s business advisers are able to share their expertise in matters of lobbying and public affairs, government procurement and contracts, as well as the nuances of doing business in different African countries.
“Moving our operational, management and executive headquarters from Malabo in Equatorial Guinea to South Africa required a significant investment of time, effort and money, but we believe that the move positions the firm to provide local, regional and international corporates the support that they need to grow their footprints on the African continent,” Ayuk added. “We have recruited South African talent to affirm our commitment to local development, in line with our business strategy of positioning locally integrated professionals in each market who are equipped with an in-depth understanding of local developments in law, politics and society.”
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About Centurion Law Group
Centurion Law Group is a pan-African corporate law conglomerate headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa with offices in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea; Accra, Ghana; and Douala, Cameroon. Operating at the cutting edge of business practices today, Centurion stands ready to provide outsourced legal representation and a full suite of legal services to new, expanding and established corporations.
Centurion Johannesburg executive team profiles
NJ Ayuk, CEO
NJ has built Centurion into one of the first truly African international law firms with strong regional representation across sub-Saharan Africa. He is committed to the development of skills which benefit Africa. Each year, the firm sends would-be students to study law in Europe and the US, supporting them throughout their degrees. Many of these return to work for the firm. NJ qualified with a Juris Doctor from William Mitchell College of Law in the United States and an MBA from the New York Institute of Technology.
Lovelyn Bassey, Director
Lovelyn leads the South African office of Centurion, overseeing client service and some of the firm’s largest deals. Prior to joining Centurion Law Group, she worked at a South African law firm representing and advising clients on corporate and commercial matters, corporate secretarial and governance issues as well as cross-border transactions. Lovelyn holds an LLB from the University of Pretoria, South Africa and a Master of Laws degree from Howard University School of Law, Washington DC. She is admitted to practice law in New York and in the Republic of South Africa.