Careers at Centurion
At Centurion we have assembled a team of Africa’s most dependable and trustworthy attorneys and advisory staff. Our experienced and diverse team is our greatest asset.
We’re expanding our footprint in our home markets of Equatorial Guinea and South Africa and growing our presence across the rest of Africa, and we’re always looking for attorneys and support staff to join our team. If you think that you could work with Centurion, get in touch by sending your resumé and a cover letter.
Centurion is hiring: HR / Practice Director and Senior Associate
Centurion Business Mentorship Program
At Centurion, we pride ourselves on our ability to empower our people with training and professional development that propel them to successful careers. Today we are extending that same commitment to the business communities we proudly serve. We are introducing the Centurion Business Mentorship Program, a Pro Bono initiative that will offer free legal services to start-up companies and small businesses. The program is designed to support young and innovative entrepreneurs with legal and business advice, including corporate structuring, labor and employment, and tax and customs issues. Read more.
Centurion Summer Associate Program
We emphasize training and professional development above all else, and this is why we offer the opportunity for law students and recent graduates to work with us for 12 weeks every summer.
Our 2016 Summer Associate program is now finished, and we will shortly begin accepting applications for our 2017 program. We are looking for bright, motivated legal students that are keen to expand their knowledge and gain valuable experience practicing the law. Centurion interns are based at our offices in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, and provided with accommodation and a competitive salary and allowance.
Summer Associates can expect to work closely with Senior Associates on a wide variety of cases with public and private sector clients and travel internationally with the firm. The oil and gas sector is an area of specialization. We will announce the opening of the 2017 intake on this page.
MEET OUR 2015 INTERNS
John Baker, Florida State University College of Law, United States. "If you want to really get involved and experience law that shapes a country on the precipice of something great, then come here."
My 12-week internship at Centurion in Equatorial Guinea has pushed me to my limits and shown me how much I can accomplish. Looking at all the memos, due diligences, contracts, negotiation preparations, and everything else, I think I have accomplished more in the past few weeks than in my entire first year of law school.
During the summer I have worked on a large variety of work ranging from small due diligences and debt collection to large production sharing contract negotiations and billion-dollar acquisition deals. My biggest takeaway was not so much job specific: It was really just learning how to use my time efficiently. Many days I thought it would be impossible to finish even half of what was required to meet my deadlines, but I learned to work more efficiently and often surprised myself with what I was able to accomplish.
If you want to really get involved and experience law that shapes a country on the precipice of something great, then come here.
Tania Delgado Diaz, University of Puerto Rico School of Law, Puerto Rico. "The decision to work with Centurion can change your life. You could stay in your comfortable and familiar world or you can exit the routine."
Centurion gave me the opportunity to work on public international law and oil and gas law cases in several countries in sub-Saharan Africa. I worked on projects related to business compliance with local hydrocarbons laws, taxes and the environment, wrote contracts and worked on legal transactions. I was also given the opportunity to travel to South Africa for a power conference.
The Centurion team is very dynamic and diverse, with employees of different nationalities all with their own distinct legal knowledge. This law firm is a place of intense training and learning. The work is intensive and varied. You could spend a day at the office, another at a government ministry, and the next day leave on a business trip.
The decision to work with Centurion can change your life. You could stay in your comfortable and familiar world or you can exit the routine and take the opportunity to learn, to adapt, to change and to grow professionally.
Naa Dedei Larmie, William Mitchell College of Law, United States. "At Centurion, interns are afforded the opportunity to learn the law by actually working on big cases and meeting with clients."
Being originally from Ghana, I was already accustomed to some aspects of African culture when I arrived in Equatorial Guinea for my internship with Centurion, but I had never had the chance to visit Equatorial Guinea. Prior to my arrival I was a little anxious about not speaking Spanish, which is the official language of the country. However, people were very welcoming to non-Spanish speaking visitors. I appreciated the warmth extended to me during my internship.
Throughout this experience, I noted how attorneys work closely with the government to ensure that the best interests of nationals are safeguarded. Petroleum contracts are tightly regulated to ensure that nationals benefit from the proceeds from natural resources owned by the country. This experience highlighted the importance of attorneys in communities.
At Centurion, interns are afforded the opportunity to learn the law by actually working on big cases and meeting with clients. The firm invests in its interns and trains them to be effective at practicing the law irrespective of the legal system.
Michael Ventocilla, University of Houston Law Center, United States. "The work is tough, but the take-away is simple: succeed at Centurion and walk away with the knowledge that you can succeed anywhere."
The highlight of my experience as a Summer Associate came when I was selected to accompany one of the Senior Associates to production sharing contract (PSC) negotiations in Paris, France. The experience left me with an appreciation of not only which provisions in a PSC are the most controversial, but more importantly, why the provisions can be so contentious.
On any given day, a walk through the Centurion offices means exposure to five or more languages, as local talent is paired with an international lawyer group assembled from around the globe. The work is tough, but the take-away is simple: succeed at Centurion and walk away with the knowledge that you can succeed anywhere.
If a law student firmly believes that she has the ability to adapt to challenges and improvise to produce a quality work, the experience of working in a law firm in Africa is simply incomparable to any other summer internship. It is the opportunity to make a meaningful difference in a place where making a difference counts.
Pablo Obama Mitogo Akele, National University of Equatorial Guinea, Equatorial Guinea. "It is this atmosphere of collaboration and teamwork that makes Centurion such a good place to gain real experience of corporate law."
Equatorial Guinea is a country that is still in the process of developing, and I was impressed to learn of the important work that Centurion is undertaking here. As an Equatoguinean law student striving to make a career in this country, I was keen to understand how a large law firm operates. The senior associates welcomed me to the firm, trained me and were always willing to help with any questions I had. It is this atmosphere of collaboration and teamwork that makes Centurion such a good place to gain real experience of corporate law.
My work has been mostly related to drafting contracts, immigration matters and subjects of public administration. In the field of oil and gas I have drafted memoranda and analyzed data.
Centurion has given me the opportunity to work on complex cases under great pressure, and this is what has motivated me the most: I feel valued and I feel that with every task I am able to develop professionally.
Isabel Mangue Asangono, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain. "This has been a rich experience thanks to the great exposure to clients, assumption of new responsibilities and participation in business development."
My experience as a Summer Associate at Centurion has been very positive, both from a personal and professional perspective. I have been welcomed by all the colleagues who have helped me and passed on their knowledge.
This has been a rich experience thanks to the great exposure to clients, assumption of new responsibilities and participation in business development and internal management of the office. And I have been able to discover Malabo from a new perspective.
My expectations as an intern in Centurion were based on expanding my legal expertise, my technical skills and mastering the English language. Working for a large legal office means you have to perform at high levels of professionalism and drive and it’s been a privilege to develop these skills in such an environment. My duties have been in fields including labor law, public administration, oil and gas, litigation and translation.
No day is like the previous one, since the issues that clients bring to us constantly pose new legal challenges due to their complexity and the need for creative solutions.
Ana Inés Mangue Alogo Abaga, Complutense University of Madrid. "Being surrounded by the young team at this law firm confirmed for me that I had chosen the right professional pathway."
Centurion knows that the best way to triumph is through having the best professionals in its field, and this can only happen through the best education and daily work to improve employees’ abilities.
Being surrounded by the young team at this law firm confirmed for me that I had chosen the right professional pathway. My experience at Centurion has been very rewarding and I would hope to be able to carry with me this spirit of hard work and constant learning. Seeing how business is done here is a great motivator.
The greatest challenge at the beginning of this internship was to realize that I know very little about the practical application of my legal knowledge. The cases on which I worked included labor law, contracts and public administration for various ministries. English is the most widely used language at the firm, but a lot of work is done in Spanish.
For students and young lawyers that want to do an internship where your professional development is a priority, Centurion is the place to do it.