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AFRICA EUROPE FORUM

Herbert Smith Freehills was a proud supporter of the Africa Europe Forum which was held virtually on 17 – 18 May 2021. Thomas Kessler, a partner in the firm’s Frankfurt office, joined a panel discussion on the “Role of Renewable Energy in Sub-Saharan Africa’s Power Supply” together with Mario Ledic, Director Governmental Affairs, ANDRITZ HYDRO … Read more

SOUTH AFRICA’S TRANSITION TO ELECTROMOBILITY : A ZERO SUM GAME

On 18 May 2021, South Africa’s Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) published its initial discussion paper on the country’s transition to electric vehicles (EVs). The Auto Green Paper was published in response to the submissions which the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition received from South Africa’s major motor vehicle manufacturers following his … Read more

The Future of Africa’s Energy Transition

We were delighted to host our live webinar on Africa Day on the topic of the Future of Africa’s Energy Transition. Journalist and BBC presenter, Lerato Mbele moderated the discussion between Ashwin West, Investment Director at African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM), Wandile Mamba, Investment Manager – Infrastructure and Climate Project Finance at the CDC Group, along with … Read more

HYDROGEN AND AFRICA

As part of the energy transition, clean hydrogen has emerged as a critical tool in decarbonising our economies. In this article, we discuss the hype around hydrogen, provide a quick recap of hydrogen technology and explore reasons why the African continent is well placed to leverage the opportunities that the push for clean hydrogen will … Read more

WHERE NEXT FOR SOUTH AFRICA’S UPSTREAM SECTOR AND WOULD-BE INVESTORS?

It has now been over two years since Total made its significant gas condensate discovery in the Brulpadda block, offshore Mossel Bay. The announcement led to much anticipation for the rapid development of an upstream petroleum industry in South Africa. Recognising the need for a dedicated legislative framework for the oil and gas sector (which … Read more

AFRICA EUROPE FORUM – Global Virtual Conference 17 – 18 May 2021

Herbert Smith Freehills is a proud supporter of the Africa Europe Forum. Thomas Kessler, a partner in the firm’s Frankfurt office, will join a panel discussion on the “Role of Renewable Energy in Sub-Saharan Africa’s Power Supply”. Nina Bowyer, a partner in our Paris office and global co-Head of the firm’s Africa Practice Group will … Read more

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION l INVESTMENT AND EXTRACTIVES IN SUDAN: INSIGHTS AND IMPLICATIONS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS l 29 APRIL 2021

The German-African Business Association (Afrika-Verein) in collaboration with Fund for Peace (FFP) are cordially inviting you to a joint HUMAN RIGHTS & BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE Investment and Extractives in Sudan: Insights and Implications for Human Rights on April 29th 2021(2:00 pm – 4:00 pm CEST). Sudan is currently a country in transition. In 2019, a popular … Read more

MEDIA COMMENT BY PETER LEON (PARTNER AND AFRICA CO-CHAIR AT HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS) | 2021 STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the South African economy. According to the World Bank’s most recent Global Economic Prospects Report (published last month; here) South Africa’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) likely contracted by 7.8 per cent in 2020. This is three times more than the average contraction experienced in other Emerging … Read more

AN INTERVIEW WITH HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS LLP DISCUSSING M&A IN AFRICA

Lexology GTDT Market Intelligence provides a unique perspective on evolving legal and regulatory landscapes. This interview is taken from the M&A volume featuring discussion and analysis of legal developments, keynote deals as well as an insight into typical transactions within key jurisdictions worldwide. 1. What trends are you seeing in overall activity levels for mergers … Read more