Podcast: ESG and regulation – Africa

ESG remains an important issue in the mining and natural resources sector.  Click here to listen to a podcast by Herbert Smith Freehills’ Ernst Muller and Justine Sweet, both sustainable development and ESG law experts for the firm.  Moderated by Sheila Khama, former CEO of De Beers Botswana, the discussion emphasises the importance of ESG, … Read more

Africa Competition Law Update

SOUTH AFRICAN COMPETITION LAW DEVELOPMENTS Constitutional Court seeks to clarify jurisdictional boundaries of competition authorities in group five judgment Competition Appeal Court elaborates on third party rights of participation in large merger proceedings Competition Appeal Court engages with appropriate approach to characterisation of cartel conduct in Competition Commission v Irvin & Johnson and another Competition … Read more

HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS IS NAMED AFRICA-WIDE INTERNATIONAL LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR: PROJECTS & ENERGY AT THE CHAMBERS AFRICA AWARDS 2023

Herbert Smith Freehills was named Africa-Wide International Law Firm of the Year: Projects & Energy at the Chambers Africa Awards 2023 for the second consecutive year. These awards recognise a law firm’s pre-eminence in key jurisdictions in the region and they also reflect achievements over the past 12 months, including outstanding work, impressive strategic growth and … Read more

2022 Chambers Global Practice Guide on Environmental Law

Herbert Smith Freehills consultant Justine Sweet and senior associate Mandy Hattingh have authored the Law and Practice section of the South Africa chapter in the 2022 Chambers Global Practice Guide on Environmental Law. The new Environmental Law 2022 guide features 19 jurisdictions. The guide provides the latest legal information on environmental incidents, permits and damage; … Read more

ESG TRACKER SADC REGION NOVEMBER 2022

There are so many ESG-related publications and developments that it is hard to keep abreast of them all. For this reason, HSF publishes a monthly tracker of ESG-related publications and developments, with a primary focus on developments that may be of most interest to or impact our clients in the Southern African Development Community, be … Read more

2022 SOAS ARBITRATION IN AFRICA SURVEY REVEALS A THRIVING MARKET FOR ARBITRATION ON THE CONTINENT

The School of Oriental and African Studies recently published the third iteration of its Arbitration in Africa Survey Report in October 2022 (here) (2022 survey). The results reveal increasing engagement with and enthusiasm for arbitration among African practitioners, particularly in the booming construction and infrastructure sector. Strong participation from practitioners in jurisdictions with active arbitral … Read more

Sharm El-Sheikh COP 27 – final round-up

Final days Negotiations at COP 27 spilled over into the weekend and finished more than 36 hours later than expected. Whilst agreement was met on many key issues, there were multiple points that remained contentious. These include: A resolution that peak emissions should occur in 2025 (and that after that date, world emissions should start … Read more

Sharm El-Sheikh COP 27 – day 10 (17 November 2022)

Release of the draft text Thursday 17 November saw the UN climate agency publish the draft text of the COP27 overarching agreement, the focus of the last week of negotiations and the document that will symbolise COP27 for years to come. The text appeared to still be in a very preliminary stage and many voiced … Read more