COVID-19: PRESSURE POINTS: EXACERBATING AFRICAN ECONOMIC INSTABILITY (AFRICA)

Countries in sub-Saharan Africa were dealing with a myriad of economic and other challenges prior to the outbreak of Covid-19 and these will continue to impact on the outlook of countries in the region. The pandemic will further exacerbate the challenges faced by the region, speakers participating in international legal practice Herbert Smith Freehills’ ‘Sub-Saharan … Read more

WEBINAR: SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA: THE DYNAMICS THAT MATTER RIGHT NOW

Thursday 14 May 2020, 11:00 – 12:00am UK time The challenges that countries in sub-Saharan Africa were dealing with prior to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic have not disappeared and are continuing to alter the outlook in the region. This webinar will consider the trajectories of politics, industry and investment in sub-Saharan Africa amidst … Read more

“RESOURCE NATIONALISM IS BOTH CYCLICAL AND CONTAGIOUS”

Author: OLIVIER BINYINGO  Interview with Olivier Binyingo, Director, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, SA. At the upcoming DRC Mining Week in Lubumbashi from 17-19 June 2020, Mr Binyingo will address the conference on “An asserted Rule-of-law for a conducive investment climate” which will be followed by a panel discussion. The company is also a bronze sponsor … Read more

NIGERIA’S ECONOMY REACTS TO COVID-19

Author: Ifeoluwa Ogunbufunmi, Banwo & Ighodalo On a daily basis, we all see the “breaking news” stirred by the global pandemic, COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and its catastrophic ripple effect on world economies. The leadership of many countries, including Nigeria, are grappling with this unprecedented challenge, all eager to do their best to manage the unforeseen downturns … Read more

SOUTH AFRICA USES COMPETITION LAWS TO FACILITATE ITS RESPONSE TO COVID-19

Authors: Jean Meijer and Stewart Payne Following our recent post on COVID-19 and its impact on competition law in Europe, South Africa has added its name to the list of countries using competition laws as a tool both to facilitate the healthcare response to the pandemic and protect consumers from exploitation. On 15 March 2020, … Read more

THE UNITED REPUBLIC OF TANZANIA PROPOSES ARBITRATION REFORMS TO PLACATE FOREIGN INVESTORS. WILL IT WORK?

Authors: Emma Schaafsma and Kemi Wood Introduction  In 2017, the Tanzanian government introduced a raft of legislative reforms to the natural resources sector. Through the reforms the new government looked to ensure that investor disputes were resolved locally and that the Tanzanian government would not be subjected to international arbitrations. The new government showed a … Read more

THE BIZPORTAL STEPPING STONE

Author: Jonathan Arumugam  President Cyril Ramaphosa mentioned the improvements made to the South African company registration process in the State of the Nation Address of 2020. “It used to take months to have a company registered. Through the BizPortal platform one can now register a company in one day, register for UIF and SARS and … Read more