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Africa Stand Up Vision 2025: Strengthening supply chains โ€“ the key challenge for Africa

by Hogan Lovells on

If Africa wants to change how it trades with the rest of the world, it needs to start by rethinking how it trades with itself. Without urgent improvement, Africa risks remaining a supplier of solely primary materials to which...more

Africa Focus: Sub-Saharan African power projects - Credit support and enhancement

by White & Case LLP on

Counterparty credit risk continues to remain a key, often threshold concern for private sector sponsors and lenders to the majority of power projects in sub-Saharan Africa. Structuring power projects in an effort to overcome...more

Africa Focus: Project bonds in the OHADA region - An option for funding infrastructure development in the OHADA region?

by White & Case LLP on

Increasing stringent capital requirements on banks has the market looking for alternative means of funding. In the developed economies, the Basel III accord aims that banks will increase the amount of capital that they hold...more

Africa Focus: Arbitration in Africa - Managing risk in a growing market

by White & Case LLP on

Today, many areas of the African economy are still growing despite challenges due to sharp reductions in the price of oil and other natural resources. Besides the industries related to the continent's natural resources,...more

Africa Focus: Anticipated trends in project finance - The implications after South Africa's debt rating downgrade

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While credit ratings are designed to assess the creditworthiness of country or corporation to inform the decisions of investors in these entities, the considerations of credit rating agencies may not always be fully aligned...more

Africa Focus: Private equity in Africa - Emerging trends

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Private equity in Africa has come a long way since the early 1990s, which saw development financial institutions (DFIs) investing in government-initiated development projects across the continent. During that period, such...more

Global Real Estate Trends, Africa and Opportunities for 2017/2018

by K&L Gates LLP on

On Tuesday 12 September, the London Real Estate team held their annual seminar. Topics for discussion included: - An analysis of Global Real Estate Trends - Operating in Emerging Markets - Africa and Opportunities - A...more

Africa Focus: Bridging the gap - Sources of funding for infrastructure financing in Africa

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In October 2014, the Africa Development Bank noted that Africa's 'primary task' was to find ways to plug the annual infrastructure funding deficit. It is nearly a decade since they estimated the financing requirement to close...more

Drones Delivering Medical Supplies in East Africa but not in U.S.

Residents in remote areas of Tanzania and Rwanda in East Africa are receiving medical supplies through the use of drones, far surpassing similar efforts in the U.S., according to Robert Graboyes, a senior research fellow at...more

Red Notice Newsletter - August 2017

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS - MTS Receives DOJ and SEC Declination Letters Concluding FCPA Investigations - On August 7, 2017, MTS Systems (MTS), a Minnesota based maker of test systems and industrial position...more

U.S. Governmentโ€™s Power Africa Initiative Releases 2017 Annual Report Highlighting More Than 80 Power Africa Transactions Closed...

On August 21, 2017, Power Africa published its 2017 Annual Report highlighting more than 80 Power Africa transactions closed and more than $14.5 billion in financings since its inception. Overall, it has facilitated the...more

AFRICA - A Legal Guide for Business Investment and Expansion: Zimbabwe

1 .What role does the government of Zimbabwe play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? The Government established the Zimbabwe Investment Authority (ZIA) to promote, coordinate and approve investment...more

Mauritius โ€“ the gate for Chinese Investment into Africa

by Dentons on

The data published by the Mauritius central bank and central statistics bureau in April shows that in 2016 China is the second largest foreign investor in (US$70 million, following US$128 million from France) and the largest...more

AFRICA - A Legal Guide for Business Investment and Expansion: Tanzania

1 .What role does the government of the United Republic of Tanzania play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? The government plays an active role in approving and regulating foreign direct investment....more

AFRICA - A Legal Guide for Business Investment and Expansion: Nigeria

1 .What role does the government of nigeria play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? Due to the economic benefits that accompany Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), the Nigerian government strives to...more

Energy Newsletter - August 2017

by King & Spalding on

Practical Issues Under Joint Operating Agreements Relating to Withdrawals, Transfers and Changes in Control - In light of their long term objectives and potential future transactions, parties should consider the...more

AFRICA - A Legal Guide for Business Investment and Expansion: Kenya

1. What role does the government of Kenya play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? There is no regulation on foreign direct investment in Kenya except in specific sectors where state corporations have a...more

AFRICA - A Legal Guide for Business Investment and Expansion: Ghana

1. What role does the government of Ghana play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? The Government of Ghana continues to promote foreign direct investment in Ghana. In 2013, the Ghana Investment Promotion...more

AFRICA - A Legal Guide for Business Investment and Expansion: Egypt

1 .What role does the government of Egypt play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? Egypt has traditionally been a leader in the Arab world in the political, cultural, and economic spheres. Due to recent...more

AFRICA - A Legal Guide for Business Investment and Expansion: Angola

1. What role does the government of Angola play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? Foreign direct investment is a highly-regulated sector in Angola. In August 2015, the Angolan Government enacted Law...more

Real Estate Investment in Africa: Is the Honeymoon Over?

by DLA Piper on

The environment for real estate investment in Africa contains a perplexing mix of positive and negative factors. This is quite apart from the obvious fact that, in a continent of 54 countries and wide variations in levels...more

Africa Stand Up: Strengthening supply chains โ€“ the key challenge for Africa

by Hogan Lovells on

Supply chain development is at the heart of any ability for Africa to "Stand Up". Without urgent improvement Africa risks remaining a supplier of primary materials to which others add value, leaving it vulnerable to the...more

MENA Countries Sever Ties with Qatar

by Jones Day on

On Monday, June 5, 2017, Bahrain, Egypt, Libya's eastern region-based government, the Maldives, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates ("UAE"), and the internationally recognized government of Yemen severed ties with Qatar,...more

Dispute resolution relief imminent for the African continent

by Hogan Lovells on

On 21 April 2017, the International Arbitration Bill (the Bill) was tabled in the South African Parliament for discussion. The Bill is intended to incorporate the Model Law of the United Nations Commission on International...more

Energy Infrastructure and its Importance in Africa

by Hogan Lovells on

Consider this simple equation: Energy + Africa = Growth. The World Economic Forum on Africa ("WEFA") took place in Durban, South Africa from 3 to 5 May 2017. One of the key areas of focus that was discussed at WEFA was...more

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