With the continued growth of the African economy across all sectors and the demands of an ever-increasing population, we work hand-in-hand with our clients to deliver solutions which achieve their business aims.
With foreign direct investment into the continent continuing to rise, opportunities across Africa are ever-increasing, particularly across our core sectors of Energy, Infrastructure and Transport. We work with project sponsors, developers, contractors, financial institutions, funds, investors and governments across Anglophone, Arabophone, Francophone and Lusophone Africa to successfully navigate the complex and often challenging local regulatory landscapes.
Benefiting from over 20 years of experience advising on a broad range of award-winning, first-of-their-kind transactions in power (conventional and renewable), oil and gas, mining and commodities, transport, telecommunications and all forms of infrastructure, we possess the know-how and in-region experience to assist our clients in successfully closing projects that can drive change.
In a continent of such cultural and political diversity, we leverage our expertise and close relationships with local counsel to help organisations understand the varying commercial drivers of each jurisdiction, cultural etiquette and local nuance, as well as African organisations doing business across the continent and internationally. We provide advice under English, New York, French, German and Spanish law, and can draft, negotiate, and conduct transactions in English, French, Arabic, Spanish and German.
Our commitment to helping local African communities extends to supporting energy-saving projects, including the Kenyan Energy Efficient Stove Project and the Ugandan Community Borehole Project. These schemes have a positive impact on local communities by reducing carbon emissions and providing efficient, sanitary facilities.
INTERNATIONAL LAWYERS FOR AFRICA (ILFA)
We are an active participant in the International Lawyers for Africa (ILFA) programme, which is a pro bono arrangement to place lawyers from African countries, including Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, on secondment to UK law firms for extended periods. This programme strengthens our relationships with local firms, gives us beneficial insights into their countries, whilst helping young African lawyers gain an understanding of international best practice.
COVERAGE OF COMMON LAW, CIVIL LAW AND OHADA LAW
Our experience and understanding of local laws and regulations include: OHADA (Organisation for the Harmonisation of Business Laws in Africa); UEMOA or WAEMU (West Africa Economic and Monetary Union); CEMAC (Central African Economic and Monetary Community); UNIDA (Association pour lʹUnification du Droit en Afrique); and African regional organisations, such as the East African Community (EAC); Southern African Development Community (SADC); Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS); and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).