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Africa Focus: Spring 2018: Exiting African PE investments - While IPOs remain scarce, other promising exit strategies are gaining...

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Historically, one of the key concerns of LPs regarding African private equity has been the number and quality of available exit routes. Illiquid domestic exchanges as well as political and foreign exchange risk have all...more

Africa Focus: Spring 2018: Angola and Mozambique: Oil & gas and mining - Planning for the up-cycle and managing risks in Lusophone...

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Between them, Angola and Mozambique represent 94 percent of the population and 91 percent of the 2017 collective GDP of Lusophone Africa (Figure 1). In the early part of this decade, investors were very optimistic about...more

Africa Focus: Spring 2018: Outlook for mining in Africa - Demand for commodities is strengthening, but challenges persist.

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Resource-rich Africa has long been targeted by international investors and perhaps no more so than today. New technologies linked to the development of electric vehicles and rechargeable batteries have increasingly turned the...more

What lies ahead for Africa in 2018?

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The beginning of each year undoubtedly brings great hopes for the future and a well-meaning commitment not to repeat the errors of the past. As we start February, our optimism still intact, I’d like to take a closer look at...more

Africa Focus: Spring 2018: The IMF in sub-Saharan Africa - Evolution and impact on sovereign bond markets

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For decades, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has played an important, if at times controversial, role in the economies of sub-Saharan Africa. Its mandate has evolved over the years from a principal focus on ensuring...more

Africa Focus: Spring 2018: "Belt and Road" in Africa

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Chinese engagement, investment and trade with Africa. China has a very long association with Africa. Historical records in China, confirmed by archaeological traces in East Africa, show that Admiral Zheng visited Africa...more

Africa Focus: Spring 2018: Storm clouds or clearer skies for African airlines?

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Competition with international carriers is tight, but opportunities exist for African airlines to grow market share. African airlines are in a steep decline. Their market share has fallen by approximately 40 percent over...more

Africa Focus: Spring 2018: Green finance in Africa

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Achieving sustainability objectives through innovative funding of climate-change projects. The first green bond was issued only ten years ago, but since then the market's depth and volume has increased exponentially. Green...more

De-risking: Improving financial inclusion in MENA

Greater financial inclusion is vital for economic diversity and growth in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). How can banks ensure their due diligence processes do not end up stifling entrepreneurship and innovation?...more

Actions by Sub-Saharan OHADA-Member Nations Promote Arbitration

by Jones Day on

The Situation: In November 2017, 17 sub-Saharan African states reformed both their uniform arbitration law and the arbitration rules of their regional arbitration center. The Result: The revision of the Uniform Act on...more

OHADA's 17 African States Adopt the Uniform Act on Mediation

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The Situation: In November 2017, 17 states of sub-Saharan Africa adopted the Uniform Act on Mediation. The Result: The practice of mediation, although it already has legislative support in Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, and...more

Africa Legal News - December 2017

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The Treachery of Images - Most people are familiar with the famous painting by René Magritte called "The Treachery of Images" (1928). The picture shows a pipe and below it the caption "This is not a pipe." In Africa,...more

Energy and infrastructure project bankability in Africa: making the right choices

by DLA Piper on

During Africa Week, and in association with FTI Consulting Inc., and along with many friends and associates, we explored the myriad of factors influencing investment decisions in energy and infrastructure project success in...more

With Mugabe's Departure, Should Foreign Investors Reconsider Zimbabwe?

by Jones Day on

The Situation: In November 2017, Robert Mugabe, the only leader Zimbabwe had known in 37 years, was ousted from power. The Development: Will this change in leadership usher in a new era of good governance and economic...more

Energy Hot Topics at DLA Piper Africa Week (27 November - 1 December)

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The energy sector is a key driver of growth and development for the entire African continent. Energy infrastructure and investment is necessary in order to improve quality of life for people across the continent and to...more

Permanent Capital Vehicles in Emerging African Markets

by Dentons on

What are Permanent Capital Vehicles? Permanent Capital Vehicles (PCVs) are becoming increasingly popular in private equity, being deployed in emerging markets and sub-Saharan Africa in particular....more

May the oil & gas odds be ever in Nigeria's favor

by DLA Piper on

Nigeria remains the largest producer of crude oil in Africa, with production reported to be around 1.8 million barrels per day excluding condensate, which makes the commodity by far the country's most important export and...more

Frederic Lalance Weighs in on FCPA Investigation Into Mozambique Maritime Security Deals

Frédéric Lalance, a partner in Orrick’s Paris litigation team and a member of the firm’s global Africa practice, recently spoke with Mozambique-based Zitamar News regarding an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice...more

Trends in competition law enforcement across Africa

by Hogan Lovells on

Competition law is growing in Africa. According to a recent World Bank report, in 15 years the number of jurisdictions in Africa with competition law has almost trebled. A number of African countries have introduced or...more

Africa Stand Up Vision 2025: Strengthening supply chains – the key challenge for Africa

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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