Africa is not a country

It is a continent, home to 54 different independent countries with more than 2000 languages and 3000 distinct ethnic groups.

Understanding local customs, sensibilities and complexities and having access to on-the-ground experts is key when doing business in Africa.

With Afriwise, we have created a space where access to local expertise meets a passion for global excellence.

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Imagine access to one trusted adviser for any risks and issues encountered by your business in Africa.

This would require an interdisciplinary team, complete integrity, understanding of local customs and sensibilities as well as on-the-ground expertise where you need it.

Doesn’t exist, you say? At Afriwise, we have developed a groundbreaking consulting model, enabling us to provide a comprehensive suite of services through collaboration between the best local experts in Africa.

Our core team of experienced consultants gives you a personalized experience and helps you define and (re)frame problems properly. We stimulate and push your thinking about issues that are new to you, so that, when addressing them, we take the right approach, aligned with your goals.

In tackling your challenges, we work with the right local professionals that we trust and with whom we work on a regular basis. Identifying and keeping ourselves informed about local experts on the African continent is our R&D investment that we deploy for your benefit.

And we do all this in a fully integrated way, with one point of contact, one bill and even one PI cover.

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We are a multidisciplinary team of professionals who have been confronted – as business lawyers, management consultants, risk and transaction advisers – with the challenges and complexities of doing business in over 50 African countries. We combine our and our African local experts’ knowledge, skills, expertise and unique backgrounds for your benefit and help you navigate the most complicated commercial challenges facing your business in the African jurisdictions in which you operate.

Our entire delivery model is concentrated on the ability to assist our clients properly with advice that is genuinely tailored to situations and local environments. The design and implementation of our service model are grounded in the understanding that our advice must be implementable and fit to the local environment in which our clients operate.

In order to achieve this, we work together with the finest local professionals, experts, advisers and consultants based in the African countries where our clients are active (who become part of our Afriwise community, enabling us to leverage of their expertise and knowledge when advising our clients.

Clients choose us because we understand their business, we’ve been in their shoes, and together we find solutions. It is our in-depth country knowledge and down-to-earth delivery that means you can trust us to provide the best possible advice and help you manage your challenges.

The statistics speak volumes: we have over 700 vetted experts on the continent, in different areas of practice, several of our core team members are recognised as leading individuals in their fields, we are ranked as leading legal advisers in Africa in both Corporate & Commercial and Projects & Energy by Chambers Global. We were named consultancy firm of the year in South Africa by Acquisition International in 2015 and were shortlisted for the Africa Legal Awards in categories such as Innovation and Diversity, Transformation & Economic Empowerment.

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Afriwise consult is not just about providing award winning, cutting-edge advice and helping you to implement your projects, we are all about taking the time to develop exceptional working relationships with our clients. We are flexible, personable and have moulded our business strategy around helping our clients succeed.


We assist our clients at every phase of your project or transaction on the African continent:

  • Country overview & anylysis
  • Stakeholder identification
  • Market research
  • Regulatory and legal analysis
  • Corporate structure advice
  • Legal, anti-corruption, cultural due diligence
  • Negotiation support
  • Project structuring & development
  • Africa due diligence training
  • Scenario & options analysis
  • Local partner identification & structuring
  • Sustainable investment structuring
  • Risk management
  • Project management office
  • Complex compliance issues
  • Corporate governance
  • Workshops & executive briefings
  • Stakeholder management

Find out more about our wide range of services, aimed at overcoming country specific challenges our clients are confronted with:

We accompany clients from market entry decision to successful roll-out.
Market entry
We help clients understand the legal environments in which they operate.
Regulatory Compliance
We offer in-depth country focused due diligence services.
Due Diligence
We provide focused anti-corruption and anti-fraud services tailored to local circumstances.
Anti-corruption /fraud
We help clients identify and engage with local partners.
Local Participation
We help clients understand the dynamics of public-private relations in a local context.
Public-Private Relations
We assist clients with structuring and dealing with African tax environments.
Tax advice
We help clients nurture relations with local stakeholders through continuous dialogue.
Stakeholder engagement
We help clients understand and mitigate peculiar and country-specific risks.
Risk Assessment
We act as an extension of management teams less familiar with African markets.
Africa Desk

Click below for some recent concrete examples, case-studies, of how we work with our clients to help them with some complex issues.

International Logistics Company
Anti-corruption due diligence
Democratic Republic of Congo
Multinational Mining Company
HR Complaints Investigation
Democratic Republic of Congo
Multinational Mining Company
Licensing Dashboard
Democratic Republic of Congo
Multinational Mining Company
Winding up a Subsidiary
Split of Business Operations
SA / Central Africa
Central African State Owned Entity
Cross-Border Litigation Support


Our operational structure is designed around our client’s projects – effective delivery is our main goal. We really made relationship management and delivery of your project the core of our operational structure.


We propose the team, project methodology, key deliverables and pricing methodology, to you, for your input and approval.

Team work

Now the project coordinator assumes full authority over your project execution and the delivery by each of the team members. The experts who are part of the team are always clear about their individual roles and responsibilities.

Delivery and Review

We deliver on time and within budget. We review constantly, together with you, the performance of the project coordinator and each of the team members based on criteria that include client satisfaction, timeliness, budget control and team spirit.


We analyze your project requirements, provide detailed scoping and evaluate the assignment to make sure the project meets our mission and the partnership is a good fit.

Skills building

We carefully choose our team consisting of a project coordinator and a tailored team of experts from within the Afriwise consult and Afriwise com talent pools, whose combined experience ensures a complete integration of your project’s requirements.


Throughout the duration of the assignment, our project coordinator works hand-in-hand with you and can be positioned as a single point of contact; even managing the relationship with your other external service providers where necessary.


The members of our core team have joined Afriwise from a variety of disciplines and all have a unique experience of working in different parts of Sub Saharan Africa. Our core team combines legal, regulatory, financial, economic, risk, investigation and management consulting capabilities. This unique combination of disciplines and on-the-ground experience, allow for a comprehensive approach to solutions for our clients and enable us to deliver great projects.

Steven De Backer
Olivier Binyingo
Brian Dlamini
Robert Nel
Ilya Prigogine
Consultant Francophone Africa
David Ansara
Catherine Mukobo
Administrative Manager
Janice Rothman
External Bookkeeper
Carefully selected

We work with over 700 carefully identified and vetted experts that are based in 48 countries in Africa. We thoroughly check their professional standing, expertise and integrity thereby applying a tested due diligence methodology.

Unique expertise

Our in-country experts are truly outstanding. They have diverse skills and expertise across a broad range of industries. Our clients benefit from the speed at which we source information, the depth thereof and how can get things done in-country.

Real on-the-ground knowledge

Practising and living in these countries and speaking the local languages, our experts fundamentally understand the dynamics in their markets.

Genuine collaboration

Our core management always work hand-in-hand with our local experts. We work from the inside out and not from the outside-in. Together, we help clients define and (re)frame problems properly and push their thinking about issues that are new to them. Our local experts are our most important asset in everything we do.


Afriwise com is a community of like-minded professionals, experts, advisers and consultants living and working in Sub-Saharan Africa, who collaborate to deliver value and transform their environments. We call it a community rather than a network because that is what it is really intended to be: an organic entity that brings together committed individuals to make transformation possible through collective creativity and to co-create innovative and sustainable solutions around shared purposes.

We perform due diligence on the professional standing and ethical integrity of each of the members of the Afriwise community and map their expertise and strengths in great detail.

We are developing an online platform offering members social communication tools on the one hand, and productivity and collaboration tools on the other hand. The community aspect of our online platform will allow us to harness the collective intelligence of the Afriwise com members around specific issues, while the productivity aspect will enable us to collaborate even more usefully together, in a coordinated and seamless fashion for the benefit of our clients.

Benefiting from the unique resources available within Afriwise com, we are able to offer our clients access to on-the-ground expertise in Africa with quality assurance and a strong underlying ethical culture.

Through Afriwise com, we can put a team together for our client comprising of top tier talent in Sub-Saharan Africa found at the intersection of relevant country, industry knowledge and expertise.


We are unique – elements for our success.

in a sustainable way
resourceful with a little bit of amazing thrown in
based on a genuine knowledge and understanding of local environments and needs
with a great sense of integrity and responsibility

We respect the uniqueness of each African jurisdiction and of its opportunities and challenges. Our focus is not to make standard models work in these unique environments but rather to adapt existing models and to create new ones in which ‘uniqueness’ is integrated.

Afriwise consult is the first professional services firm in Africa to concentrate its entire delivery model on the ability to assist our clients properly with advice that is genuinely tailored to situations and local environments, and all this through collaboration.

The design and implementation of our service model are grounded in the understanding that our advice must be implementable and fit into the local environments in which our clients operate.

We value integrity and ensure that the people we work with do the same, because we believe in honesty and are convinced that taking shortcuts affects a project’s viability in the long run.

We understand the challenges of running a business in environments with a different ‘business culture’, but we have seen that challenging the status quo can change mindsets.

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