Allen & Overy launches in Africa

Allen & Overy (A&O) is set to become the first of the”magic circle” law firms to establish its presence on the African continent with the launch an office in Morocco. News of the move comes just months after it emerged that rival law firm Clifford Chance was in the early stages of planning a launch in Morocco. A&O is thought to be hiring two Casablanca-based partners to staff the new base, which is expected to open in September this year.