ALN was established in 2004. Recognizing the need for high quality legal services on a regional basis, Anjarwalla & Khanna established an association of law firms in East Africa called “Africa Legal Network” to bring under one umbrella law firms that could provide high quality, timely and efficient commercial legal services to clients on a regional basis. MMAKS Advocates of Uganda and ADEPT Chambers of Tanzania, in addition to Anjarwalla & Khanna, were the first members of the group.
ALN welcomed Avillez, Bacar, Centeio & Cambule, Sociedade de Advogados, Limitada (ABCC), a recognized Mozambican law firm.
Desai Law Group joined the alliance as ALN’s member firm in Botswana, following the exit of Collins Newman and Co.
ALN expands its footprint into Francophone Africa with the joining of three firms, BFR Associés in Morocco, S.D. Avocats in Guinea and Bourabiat Associés in Algeria.
Madagascar Law Offices, a modern law firm based in Antananarivo’s business district joined ALN.
ALN welcomed its newest member, Mesfin Tafesse and Associates in Ethiopia, one of the country’s leading corporate law firms.
ALN welcomed leading Nigerian law firm, G. Elias & Co. as an ALN member.
ALN expanded its footprint to 12 jurisdictions with the additions of K-Solutions & Partners in Rwanda and Omer Ali Law Firm in Sudan.
Savjani & Co. joined ALN as its member in Malawi, building further on ALN’s footprint of market leading law firms in Africa.
Webber Wentzel in South Africa became an associate of ALN reinforcing a strong working relationship focused on access to unique cross border advisory opportunities in Africa’s fastest growing economies.
ALN affiliate Anjarwalla Collins & Haidermota was established in Dubai by Anjarwalla & Khanna, Collins Newman, and Haidermota & Company, Pakistan’s leading corporate and commercial law firm.
Africa Legal Network changed its name to ALN and adopted a unified approach to best-in-class service standards across its members through the implementation of ALN’s Gold Standards. The Gold Standards focused on improving IT infrastructure, client service standards, and knowledge sharing between firms. With the joining of Teshome Gabre-Mariam Bokan in Ethiopia, ALN had now truly achieved a pan-regional flavour with 150 lawyers across nine jurisdictions.
As part of its commitment to best-in-class service standards, ALN established secondment programmes for corporate, commercial and litigation lawyers at dynamic law firms and barristers’ chambers in the UK.
Africa Legal Network expanded its footprint into Burundi, through A&JN Mabushi, and into Mozambique, through the addition of Fernanda Lopes & Associados-Advogados. Africa Legal Network’s linguistic capabilities now included English, French and Portuguese, thus covering the three major languages in the region. Musa Dudhia & Company, one of Zambia’s oldest law firms, joined at the same time as Collins Newman & Co. of Botswana and BLC Chambers of Mauritius, bringing the Africa Legal Network into seven countries by the end of the year.
Africa Legal Network appointed John Miles as Chairman and established its vision to become a leading provider of cross border legal advice in East Africa and beyond with a focus on quality, standards, governance and expansion. By this time, Africa Legal Network’s initial members had established a reputation in the marketplace for their ability to coordinate the delivery of high quality legal advice across borders.