Overview:

Doing business in Africa is associated with diverse challenges and risks and must accordingly be founded on a strong legal base and a full understanding of local laws and regulations.  Prevention is always better than cure. 

Understanding the various available business vehicles as well as compliance requirements for companies and other corporate entities is vital.  African governments are increasingly passing laws to protect consumers as well as data privacy.  Tax, exchange control and banking rules and regulations must also be fully understood. 

Our specialist lawyers have substantial experience in advising both multinational and local companies  on all relevant corporate, commercial and regulatory matters relevant to their businesses.

Recent Matters:

Angola: Lease agreements; sale and purchase of a plant in Angola.

Botswana: Advised on the proposed privatisation of Air Botswana and the Botswana Telecommunications Corporation and the proposed merger of Botswana Post and the Botswana Savings Bank.

DRC: Incorporation and business formation in Africa and security companies in South Africa.

Lesotho: We are involved with the acquisition of shares in a multinational hotel chain with a subsidiary in Lesotho and we assisted a South African Brewing company with its sales of shares and disinvestment in Lesotho.

Ghana: Advising a Ghanaian client on a collaboration for the establishment of a starch plant and the integration of the starch plant and an existing ethanol plant located in the Volta Region of Ghana.

Guinea: Legal counsel to a consortium of an Insurance companies in relation to a subrogated recovery claim against cola’s subcontractor for causing or contributing to the cause of a landslip, and the losses which have been incurred as result.

Kenya: Advising Engen Limited on the disposal of shares in one of its holding companies to Vivo Energy resulting in the change of control of the Engen operations in Kenya.

Morocco: Represented Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Morocco in the commercial arbitration opposing it to its former distributor Stokvis Automotive S.A following the non-renewal of the distribution agreement.

Mozambique: Advising the concessionaires and operators of area 4 concession of the Rovuma Basin.

Nigeria: Local Counsel to a foreign company in respect of Seplat Sapele Integrated Gas Plant Project.We reviewed the Technical Service Agreement.

South Africa: Advised COIDIC (Chinese government-backed infrastructure development and investment company) to set-up their South African operations.

Uganda: Advised an oil and gas exploration company on its acquisition of 30% stake in another oil and gas exploration company ’s exploration reserve in the largest oil fields in Uganda.

Tanzania: Advised and represented investors in of a pipeline project worth over USD 3B from North West Tanzania to Eastern Tanzania in all aspects of the law including land rights and acquisition, taxation, exemptions, environmental, anti-trust, compliance and regulatory issues, local content, immigration, insurance, project financing, securitization, corporate law, and contracts.

Zambia: Advisor to the Africa Agriculture and Trade Investment Fund (AATIF), a USD 146 million fund that invests across the entire agricultural value chain in Africa and the KFW Group, a German Government-owned development bank, regarding the implementation of AATIF’s Agricultural Mechanisation Program in Zambia.

Zimbabwe: Advice to the Law Society of Zimbabwe regarding the application of tax legislation to monies collected by it in respect of practising certificates and continuing legal education programmes.