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

THE SEYCHELLES ACCEDES TO 1958 NEW YORK CONVENTION

Authors: Nicholas Peacock, Vanessa Naish and Helin Laufer On 3 February 2020, the Seychelles became the 162nd State party to the 1958 Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (the “New York Convention“).The Seychelles is the latest state to have joined the New York Convention framework following the most recent accessions of … Read more

WITH GREATER POWER OVER COMPETITION COMES GREATER RESPONSIBILITY

Author: Stewart Payne In future market inquiries the Competition Commission will be able to impose remedies across a whole sector.  The Competition Commission is soon expected to release a draft report from its public passenger transport inquiry, the last of four separate market inquiries it will have concluded over the past year (into data and … Read more

THE 2020 MSGBC SUMMIT – TIME TO TAKE STOCK

Authors: Paul Morton and Bertrand Montembault  Herbert Smith Freehills is a sponsor of the MSGBC Basin Summit and Local Content Forum taking place in Dakar on 28-30 January 2020. Paris-based Partner Bertrand Montembault will be joining a panel discussion on the business and regulatory environment for operations in the MSGBC Basin, and the event will … Read more

HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS’ DELEGATES ATTEND THE BELT AND ROAD INITIATIVE IN AFRICA

  Herbert Smith Freehills Justin D’Agostino and Laurence Franc-Menget spoke at ‘The Belt and Road Initiative in Africa’ – the first joint event of the ICC Africa Commission and the ICC Belt and Road Commission, on 12 December 2019. They joined a panel discussion where a panel of speakers examined promises, challenges and dispute resolution … Read more

THE DRAFT MINERAL AND PETROLEUM RESOURCES REGULATIONS: A PROVERBIAL CURATE’S EGG?

Authors: Peter Leon, Patrick Leyden, Ernst Muller and Amanda Hattingh Last week StatsSA (South Africa’s official statistics authority) announced that South Africa’s economy contracted by 0.6 per cent during Q3. It is likely to contract further in Q4 as a further round of electricity blackouts occurs as a result of Eskom load shedding. The economy’s … Read more

THE NEW IVORIAN INVESTMENT CODE: TINKERING WITH AN IMPERFECT SYSTEM OR PIONEERING A PATH?

Authors: Jonathan Ripley-Evans, Jenalee Harrison and Marie Terrien Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) is facing significant opposition in its current form. Whilst some parties are engaged to find new common ground, others have unilaterally implemented measures aimed at ousting investor-state arbitration altogether. Over time, more and more attention has been paid to the International Centre for … Read more

PETER LEON: ECONOMIC NATIONALISM IN AFRICA’S GIANTS HOLDS BACK FREE TRADE

Author: Peter Leon  SA, Nigeria and Egypt have not signed up to crucial aspects of the African Continental Free Trade Area. A significant milestone has been reached in the economic integration of Africa with the creation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). Opened for adoption at the AU summit in Kigali in March … Read more

GOVERNANCE OF AFRICA’S MINERAL RESOURCES

Author: Peter Leon Peter Leon’s notes delivered during the EAST AND CENTRAL AFRICA MINING FORUM. INTRODUCTION  AFRICA’S RESOURCE CURSE: IDENTIFYING POTENTIAL SOLUTIONS TO GOVERN AFRICA’S MINERALS.  The African continent is endowed with abundant natural resources, including about thirty per cent of the world’s mineral reserves. Historically, however, most resource-rich African countries have been categorized as … Read more