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Andrew B. Derman
International Principal
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Thompson & Knight is one the few leading international law firms with a presence in Africa. With a deep understanding of the local businesses, culture, and languages, our attorneys have assisted clients in Angola, South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt, Algeria, Chad, Mauritania, Benin, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Madagascar, the Ivory Coast, Gabon, Mozambique, Ghana, Libya, Tunisia, Morocco, Sudan (prior to the imposition of sanctions), Namibia, and Kenya, among numerous others.

Much of our African representation involves the global energy industry, including with regard to mergers and acquisitions, exploration and production, tax matters, and dispute resolution. Our attorneys also have special strength advising African-based and U.S. companies on financial transactions, and we have designed the structuring and financings for oil and gas projects, natural resource developments, electric power, transportation, and industrialization throughout the African continent. Africa’s leading producers and retailers of petroleum products are among our clients. We also represent a number of African energy service clients, such as an offshore energy provider.

The Firm’s Algiers office is recognized by the prestigious Chambers Global 2014 legal directory by Chambers & Partners, which ranks Thompson & Knight as one of only four law firms in Algeria for the Corporate/Commercial category and notes that our firm is "best known for its specialization in the energy sector, with a focus on oil and gas.”

Thompson & Knight has long been a believer in the great potential of the African continent, and our longstanding presence in the region is testament to these beliefs.