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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

Nigerian Oil and Gas and the “7 Big Wins”: Rhetoric or Matter-of-Fact

by Dentons on

In October 2016, the Nigerian government unveiled its plan to develop a stable and enabling environment that will maximise investment opportunities in the oil and gas sector (the Industry) and yield increased growth in the...more

Financing Infrastructure: Spotlight On African Debt

by Hogan Lovells on

It is a truth universally acknowledged that there is direct correlation between the development of Africa’s infrastructure and the continent’s economic progress. The recent infrastructure investment boom and financing of...more

Extended Again: No Policy Changes for EB-5, For Now

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

The EB-5 Regional Center Program has received yet another extension, this time through September 30, 2017. The Program has been similarly extended, with no change in policy, on multiple occasions since its previously...more

The rise of the shopping center in Kenya

by DLA Piper on

Kenya has seen a surge in the number of shopping centers being built recently, with Nairobi—the economic hub of the country— hosting most of them. These shopping centers are largely catering for a growing Kenyan middle class...more

Investment Promotional Agencies in South Africa

by Dentons on

Since 1994 there has been a focus on economic growth and transformation in South Africa. In terms of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, the South African government is required to promote social and...more

Africa Stand Up: Navigating the new world order

by Hogan Lovells on

Following a year of landmark political changes, could it be that the time has never been more opportune for Africa to seize control of its place in the global market? Whilst it is still too early to predict the long-term...more

Marketing of foreign funds in the UAE

by Dentons on

Onshore UAE - The Board of Directors' Chairman Decision No. (9/R.M) of 2016 Concerning the Regulations as to Mutual Funds (the New Funds Regulation) recently came into force and is now the main piece of legislation...more

Update: EB-5 Program Receives Another Short-Term Extension

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

On December 9, 2016, as part of federal spending legislation, the EB-5 Regional Center Program received a short-term extension through April 28, 2017. The Program has been similarly extended, with no change in policy, on...more

EB-5 Program Gets Temporary Extension; USCIS Issues New EB-5 Policy Manual

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The EB-5 Regional Center Program has been extended through April 28, 2017, following the passage of a continuing resolution (CR) by Congress that narrowly avoided a government shutdown. The CR provides continued funding...more

Update: EB-5 Regional Center Program Receives Short-Term Extension

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

On September 29, 2016, as part of recently enacted federal spending legislation, the EB-5 Regional Center Program received a short-term extension through December 9, 2016. The Program has been similarly extended, with no...more

EU Commission President's State of the Union Address 2016: Main takeaways

by DLA Piper on

On Wednesday, 14 September 2016, the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker addressed the European Parliament in his annual 'State of the Union' speech. The State of Union address, which is delivered...more

Argentina’s New Leadership and How it Affects Insurance

by Zelle LLP on

Following last year’s elections, the political and economic landscape is changing in Argentina. Where new economic opportunities arise, (re)insurance follows. Along with new demand for commercial insurance products, the legal...more

Transforming Saudi Arabia: National Transformation Program 2020 approved

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On 6 June 2016, the “National Transformation Program 2020” was approved by the Saudi Cabinet. This caps a frenetic few months of activity in the Kingdom that began with the approval of “Saudi Vision 2030” at the end of April,...more

Real Estate in Africa: Eight things you need to know

by DLA Piper on

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

Proposed Legislation Would Expand EB-5 Visa Program

by Ronald Shapiro on

U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) has introduced legislation intended to raise the number of EB-5 green cards available to foreign investors while also making permanent the EB-5 Regional Center Program. The Regional Center...more

EB-5 legislative update: EB-5 Regional Center Program is extended, Senate bill proposes making program permanent

We are pleased that the Continuing Resolution passed by Congress yesterday includes a temporary extension of the EB-5 Regional Center Program. This extension allows the program to continue generating foreign direct investment...more

The Omani Authority for Partnership for Development issues new regulations

by Dentons on

As we reported last year, the Omani Authority for Partnership for Development (OAPFD) was established in 2014 to oversee and manage Oman's offset regime, the Partnership for Development (PFD) programme. On 3 June 2015, the...more

Enforcing arbitral awards in Sub-Saharan Africa--Part 1

by WilmerHale on

Arbitration analysis: In Part 1 of this series, Steven Finizio, Danielle Morris and Katherine Drage of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP explore the importance of enforcement of arbitral awards to those investing in...more

Open for Business: Who's Investing in Latin America

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Latin America is open for business and the world is taking notice. Foley Partner Jeffery Atkin outlines which countries are actively taking on development projects in Latin America and how the culture is affecting the way...more

Private Equity In Africa: Context, Opportunities, And Risks

by Allen & Overy LLP on

In this issue: - Overview - Macroeconomics - Politics and policy - The practice of private equity in Africa - Opportunities for private equity in Africa - An excerpt from...more

Corporate Alert: Proposed Foreign Investment Law Would Bring Profound Changes to Foreign Investment Regime in China

by Fenwick & West LLP on

On January 19, 2015, China’s Ministry of Commerce (“MOFCOM”) released a draft Foreign Investment Law (the “Draft Foreign Investment Law”) for public comments, together with MOFCOM’s explanatory notes (the “Explanatory...more

Turnin’ Havana to Atlanta: The White House Opens Doors for U.S. Telecommunications Investment in Cuba and Latin America

Historic changes in relations between the United States and Cuba (that touch nerves in Hip-Hop and on Capitol Hill) and new U.S. sanctions against Venezuela may provide increased opportunities for U.S. business generally, and...more

Navigating India: Lessons for foreign investors

by White & Case LLP on

Foreign companies that learn from the experience of previous investors can navigate the challenges of investing in India. Optimism for doing business in India is rising. Enthusiasm rocketed when Narendra Modi was...more

Prediction 2015: Chinese investment wave will create many opportunities in the US

As the Chinese economy continues to become more important globally, we are seeing a shift in Asian investment in the United States, particularly in California. Chinese investors will become even more active and influential...more

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