Africa

The Impact of the Arab Spring on International Arbitration

Laurence Franc-Menget, Avocat à la Cour and Of Counsel in Herbert Smith Freehills' Paris office, has published an article in the International Business Law Journal, examining the impact of the Arab Spring on international arbitration. The article considers a tentative … Continue reading

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Is the recently signed Morocco-Nigeria BIT a step towards a more balanced form of intra-African investor protection?

On 3 December 2016, Morocco and Nigeria signed a new bilateral investment treaty (the "BIT"), with the overarching aim of strengthening "the bonds of friendship and cooperation" between the two States.  The BIT (available here) is yet to be ratified … Continue reading

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Filed under Africa, Investment Arbitration, ISDS, News, Public International Law, Stabilisation clauses

New York Convention 1958 to enter force in Angola on 4 June 2017

Angola has become the 157th Contracting State to the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards. On 6 March 2017, Angola deposited its instrument of accession to the Convention with the UN Secretary General.  Under … Continue reading

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UK Supreme Court rules that no security may be ordered when challenging enforcement of arbitration awards

The UK Supreme Court has overturned a Court of Appeal decision requiring Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation ("NNPC") to provide US$ 100m in security while the case was remitted to the Commercial Court to decide on IPCO (Nigeria) Limited's ("IPCO") challenges … Continue reading

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Filed under Africa, Arbitration Act 1996, Awards, Challenges to awards, Enforcement, New York Convention

New dispute resolution rules for foreign investors in South Africa

South Africa’s draft regulations for investor-state mediation require refinement to work effectively with international arbitration. Interested parties have until 28 February 2017 to comment on draft Regulations on Mediation Rules (Regulations) published by South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry … Continue reading

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Guide to Dispute Resolution in Africa: 2nd edition

Herbert Smith Freehills has published an updated second edition of our Guide to Dispute Resolution in Africa, a publication summarising the key dispute resolution procedures and trends in each of Africa's 54 diverse jurisdictions. Since its publication in 2013, the first edition of the Guide has … Continue reading

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Filed under Africa, Arbitration laws, Court intervention, Publications and Guides

Client Event: London Launch of HSF Guide to Dispute Resolution in Africa, second edition. Locking Horns in Africa? Let us Be Your Guide

Herbert Smith Freehills is delighted to invite clients to the London launch event of the second edition of our Guide to Dispute Resolution in Africa.

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Angola becomes 157th Contracting State to the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards

Angola has ratified the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards.  Its ratification was endorsed domestically via resolution No. 38/2016, published in the Official Gazette of Angola on 12 August 2016. Under Article XII(2) of … Continue reading

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Filed under Africa, Enforcement, New York Convention, Uncategorized

OHADA CCJA court annuls €38 million arbitral award against Guinea

In a highly unusual decision, the Cour Commune de Justice et d'Arbitrage (CCJA), the court created by the Organisation pour l'Harmonisation en Afrique du Droit des Affaires (the Organisation for the Harmonisation of Commercial Law in Africa or OHADA) Treaty, … Continue reading

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Herbert Smith Freehills boost arbitration practice with openings in South Africa and Dusseldorf

Herbert Smith Freehills is pleased to announce that it will be adding to its global practice with the opening of offices in Johannesburg and Dusseldorf and the hire of three new partners, including two experienced arbitration practitioners.  The global footprint … Continue reading

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