01 September 2020

Dentons focuses on Africa with its newest hire

Dentons intends to expand into the African market by hiring Dr. Albrecht Conze, an experienced diplomatic, to work as a Of Counsel in the Berlin office. 

Conze has a complete professional career in the diplomatic world having served for over thirty years in Germany and in the European and United Nations institutions. His services also include serving as Ambassador to Benin (2006-2008), Zimbabwe (2008-2011) or Uganda (2017-2020). 

Conze has a lot of experience in advising German companies in the African market on infrastructure and development projects, as well as cooperation with banks and agencies. The incorporation of Conze to Dentons will bring experience in an interesting market for the big international firms.

“With Albrecht Conze's experience in international trade and diplomacy, combined with our strong local presence in Africa and our recently expanded Energy team in Berlin, Dentons is absolutely unique in our ability to support successful German investments in Africa", said Thomas Schubert, Head of the Energy group in Germany and Co-Head of the Europe Energy Regulatory group at Dentons.

"As part of Dentons’ strategy to become the world's first pan-African law firm owned and managed by Africans, the Firm has greatly expanded its presence on the continent. In 2019, Dentons announced combinations with leading law firms in Angola, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe adding to its established presence in Egypt, Kenya, Mauritius, Morocco, South Africa and Uganda", expressed Noor Kapdi, Africa Chief Executive Officer at Dentons.

Conze showed his excitement for his new career: "The markets south of the Mediterranean offer many untapped opportunities for German companies, including SMEs. During my African years, I often sensed a distinct openness to foreign investment and engagement, in particular from Germany. I am very much looking forward to continuing at Dentons - albeit in a different way - what I have been doing for German companies before as their ambassador, in close cooperation with colleagues in Dentons’ African offices".

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