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South Africa is open for business…but is anyone buying?

by Hogan Lovells on

If you read any good South African business or financial news publication, I would wager that you will stumble upon an article which reads something like – "local and foreign investors hoarding cash in their banks...more

Senate Bill Proposes New Review of Certain Foreign Investments’ Effects on US Economy

by Morgan Lewis on

The recently introduced legislation would establish a new US Department of Commerce review of foreign investment transactions to determine their effect on US economic interests and domestic industry, giving Commerce the...more

EB-5 Program Is Extended Without Changes Until December 8, 2017

by Cozen O'Connor on

On September 8, President Trump signed into law H.R. 601 which will keep the U.S. federal government open through December 8, 2017. As a result, the EB-5 Regional Center Program is now extended until such date without any...more

Extended Again: No Policy Changes for EB-5, Yet

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

In September, as part of federal spending legislation, the EB-5 Regional Center Program received a short-term extension through December 8, 2017. The Program has been similarly extended, with no change in policy, on multiple...more

China Issues Formal Guidance for Outbound Direct Investments

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Key Points: ..The guidelines classify outbound investment into three groups: encouraged, restricted, and prohibited transactions. ..China will promote outbound direct investments transactions that are strategically...more

Investment opportunities in the Fisheries and Aquaculture sector in Oman

by Dentons on

Oman's "Tanfeedh" programme has been established to promote economic diversification in the Sultanate. Tanfeedh aims to reduce dependence on the oil and gas sector, focusing on five key business sectors – manufacturing,...more

U.S. Government’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

Republic of Guinea Passes Public–Private Partnership Law to Lure Investors

by Jones Day on

Guinea's Urgent Need for Critical Infrastructures - Guinea is a geological goldmine, quite literally, when one considers the high concentration of natural resources in its soil (including diamonds, gold, iron, bauxite,...more

Ukraine: on track to becoming an attractive investment destination

by DLA Piper on

Situated between the European, Russian and Asian markets, Ukraine, with its highly qualified workforce and a number of inexpensive assets on offer, is an interesting prospect for investors, particularly those who are looking...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

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

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