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Kapdi named CEO of Dentons' Africa region

Tuesday, August 08, 2017 @ 12:17 PM | By John Chunn

Noor Kapdi has been appointed chief executive officer of Dentons' newly established Africa region.

Formerly a part of Dentons' U.K., Middle East and Africa region, Africa has now been established, from a governance and structural perspective, as a region within Dentons.

Kapdi has been managing partner of Dentons in South Africa since 2014.

Kapdi was instrumental in launching Dentons in South Africa, marking the first time a global law firm became a Level 1 Black Economic Empowerment law firm, after combining with KapdiTwala in 2014. For his efforts in establishing the first black law firm in South Africa with global reach, Kapdi, along with South Africa partners Shahid Sulaiman and Zithu Twala, was presented with the Presidential Award from the Cape Law Society in 2016.

Dentons global chairman Joe Andrew said, "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. He has been instrumental in building Dentons' market position on the continent, and improving the depth and quality of our offer. We have a clear strategy to become a truly pan-African law firm by growing, as we have in other regions, through whole firm combinations."

Dentons has undergone unprecedented expansion into new markets in recent months, particularly in Latin America where the firm, having appointed a regional CEO, went on to launch in Colombia, Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama and Guatemala. Dentons has also announced a further combination with Gallo Barrios Pickmann in Peru, as well as a proposed strategic alliance in Brazil with Vella Pugliese Buosi Guidoni.

"We are now setting our sights on the opportunities available to us in Africa to ensure we are making the most of our longstanding presence on the continent," said Dentons Global CEO Elliott Portnoy.