KENYA – Kenyan law firm Daly & Inamdar together with South Africa’s RM Partners have joined the leading global law firm CMS Legal Services EEIG (CMS) as they eye increased business.

The two will now trade as CMS Daly Inamdar Advocates and CMS RM Partners offering an increased reach to its local, regional, and international clients through CMS. They will however still retain their independence.

This gives CMS a physical presence in Kenya and South Africa to go with its existing presence in Angola, Algeria and Morocco. The firm has taken the opportunity to launch a unified CMS Africa organisation based around regional hubs in Casablanca, Johannesburg and Nairobi, as well as its further offices in Algiers, Luanda and Mombasa.

For over 50 years, CMS has developed a track record of significant deals in Africa, showcasing its deep knowledge of the legal systems across the continent. CMS now has 75 offices in 43 countries and more than 4,800 lawyers worldwide.

Duncan Weston, Executive Partner, CMS said, “Our clients see Africa as a major growth opportunity, and many are looking to expand into key markets on the continent. South Africa and Kenya are both sizable economies, but they’re also gateways into other sub-Saharan markets.

“RM Partners and Daly & Inamdar Advocates have outstanding reputations thanks to their local market knowledge and the overall quality of service they provide to clients.”

CMS Daly Inamdar Advocates is one of the top-ranking law firms in Kenya. It was formed via the merger of Daly and Figgis and Inamdar and Inamdar law firms and comprises more than 35 lawyers working out of offices in Nairobi and Mombasa. The firm’s partners have handled numerous ground-breaking commercial transactions and contentious civil disputes.

CMS RM Partners specialises in providing practical and innovative legal, tax and transaction advisory services. It is committed to developing young African talent and is accredited as a Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) Level 1 law firm.

Founded by senior lawyers with exceptional track records from top international and local firms, the firm is based in Johannesburg and comprises more than 20 lawyers. Its clients include local private and public institutions, listed companies and numerous global enterprises.

CMS Legal Services EEIG is a European economic interest grouping of law firms, which was established with the objective to create a professional multi-jurisdictional legal and tax service organisation, headquartered in Europe. CMS currently has 4,500 legal and tax advisers across 74 offices.