In the second Africa-related move in as many weeks, Dentons has appointed Noor Kapdi as CEO of the international law firm’s Africa region, which had formerly fallen under the UK, Middle East and Africa region and has now been established as a stand-alone business, both structurally and from a governance perspective.
Kapdi has been the firm’s Managing Partner in South Africa since 2014, following the merger of his firm KapdiTwila with Dentons, helping the firm become the first global law firm to achieve Level 1 Black Economic Empowerment status. “Under Noor’s leadership, Dentons has experienced rapid development in South Africa since 2014, launching a new office in Johannesburg and more than trebling the size of the team,” said Joe Andrew, Dentons’ Global Chairman. “He has been instrumental in building Dentons’ market position on the continent, and improving the depth and quality of our offer.”
An experienced commercial lawyer with a specialty in oil and gas and private equity, Kapdi has served as the deputy chairperson of the Western Cape Investment & Trade Promotion Agency (WESGRO) and as the acting chairperson of the executive committee of the South African Oil and Gas Alliance (SAOGA). In addition to his new role, he will continue to be the Managing Partner of the firm’s South African offices.
Dentons has offices in Cairo, Casablanca, Cape Town and Johannesburg, as well as associate firms across 15 African countries, including Algeria, Angola, Cabo Verde, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Libya, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Uganda and Zambia.