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Meaning of “Commencement of Drilling”: Summary of Vitol E & P Limited v Africa Oil and Gas Corporation [2016] EWHC 1677 (Comm)

Introduction - In a dispute arising in connection with a sale and purchase agreement for an interest under a Production Sharing Contract in the Congo, an English court (the Queen's Bench Division of the High Court of...more

SADC Memorandum of Understanding on Inter-Agency Cooperation in Competition Policy, Law and Enforcement

African countries are moving towards greater cooperation on the enforcement of competition law in cross-border transactions. Member states of the Southern African Development Community have signed a memorandum of...more

Cipla to Open Biotech Facility in South Africa

Cipla has announced that it is investing 1.3 billion South African Rand (approximately 91 million USD) to open a biotech plant in South Africa. According to Cipla’s press release, this will be South Africa’s first...more

New OHADA Uniform Act Streamlines Collective Insolvency Proceedings

Innovations to the Act in late 2015 seek to modernize and simplify collective proceedings in OHADA member states. On 10 September 2015 in Grand-Bassam (Republic of Côte d’Ivoire), the Organization for the Harmonization...more

Unitization: Specific Considerations for LNG Export Projects

Unitized Gas to LNG Export - A number of global LNG export projects – existing, under construction and planned – process (or will process) natural gas produced from unitized gas fields. Gas produced from unitized gas...more

Restructuring in Africa – an Employment and Labour Law Perspective

Due to the global economic downturn and advances in automation technologies, we have seen an increase in organisations implementing restructuring and rationalisation exercises....more

Climate Change Further Threatens MENA Water Security

Climate Change Further Threatens MENA Water Security - The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is home to 14 of the 33 most water scarce countries globally, with six times less water availability than the worldwide...more

Red Notice Newsletter - May 2016

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS - Former Securency Manager Convicted of Corruption - On May 11, 2016, Peter Michael Chapman, former manager of polymer banknote manufacturer Securency PTY Ltd. (“Securency”), was...more

International Investment Arbitration in Africa: Year in Review 2015

International investment arbitration – also known as investment treaty arbitration or investor-State arbitration – is a procedure whereby foreign investors may seek a binding adjudication of claims against host States that...more

The Middle Eastern and African Arbitration Review 2016

The energy sector is a critical element in Africa’s economic development. It includes traditional resources such as oil, gas and coal as well as a growing emphasis on renewable sources of energy. Historically and today, the...more

PF Newsletter: Solar in Sub-Saharan Africa

With capital costs falling and the technology ever improving, concentrating solar power (CSP) and solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies present increasingly enticing investment opportunities for a number of emerging economies;...more

IP World Tour: Snapshots of Overseas IP Protection

No matter where you look in the world, it’s a certainty that a dispute is ongoing over someone’s intellectual property (IP). The theft of ideas is nothing new, but just as important to those investing abroad is knowledge of...more

Loan agreements: when can terms be challenged as unfair or unreasonable?

English law contains no general principle that contractual terms must be fair or reasonable: parties must live with the bargain they have made. This is one of the ways in which English law is "lender-friendly": it enables...more

Real Estate in Africa: Eight things you need to know

Insight from CBRE/DLA Piper survey to help potential investors in African real estate bridge the gap between perception and reality Real estate markets in parts of Africa have undergone considerable improvement in...more

OHADA Zone: Deadline for Amending Articles of Incorporation of Commercial Companies Approaches

Commercial companies in OHADA member states that were incorporated prior to the entry into force of the Amended Uniform Act on 5 May 2014 must ensure that their articles of incorporation comply with the Act’s provisions by 5...more

Africa Energy Update

The latest news on legal and regulatory developments in Africa's energy sector with perspectives from our offices in London, New York and Seattle....more

Africa Update - March 2016 #4

Leading the News - Libya - On March 28th, Libya’s United Nations (U.N.)-backed unity government accused authorities in Tripoli of closing down the capital’s airspace to prevent it from travelling to Libya from...more

Africa Update - March 2016 #3

Leading the News - Republic of Congo - On March 20th, the Republic of Congo (ROC) held voting in a presidential election that was predicted to see President Denis Sassou Nguesso extend his three-decade rule....more

An Introduction to Business Structures as contained in the Revised Uniform Act relating to Commercial Companies and Economic...

In 1993, 16 African countries adopted the Treaty on the Harmonisation of Business Law in Africa (OHADA Treaty), using principles inspired by French law. The purpose of the OHADA Treaty is to establish legal and judicial...more

Africa Update - March 2016 #2

Leading the News - Cote d’Ivoire - On March 13th, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) gunmen armed with assault rifles stormed the beach hotels in Grand-Bassam, a region population with Ivoirian and Western...more

Africa Update - March 2016

Leading the News - Somalia - On March 5th, the U.S. military, in self-defense and in defense of African Union (AU) Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) partners, conducted an airstrike against Raso Camp, a training facility...more

Africa Update - March 2016

Leading the News: Burundi - On February 25th, Human Rights Watch (HRW) unveiled a new report documenting a wide range of human rights abuses, including killings, torture, abductions, and arbitrary arrests committed by...more

Electrify Africa Act is now law

After passing both houses of the US Congress unanimously, the Electrify Africa Act of 2015 has been signed into law by President Barack Obama. The law’s enactment builds on and provides Congressional backing for the...more

NAVEX Global’s 2015 Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific State of Compliance Programmes Benchmark Report

In 2015, NAVEX Global partnered with an independent research agency to survey ethics and compliance professionals with responsibility for administering training across their organizations. The goal was to determine their top...more

Africa Update - February #4

Leading the News - Burundi - On February 22nd, three people were killed in gun and grenade attacks in Burundi, just hours before the planned arrival of United Nations (U.N.) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for talks...more

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