EVENT: DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION IN AFRICA

    Author: Jenna Cavanagh   In collaboration with G3, HSF is hosting a breakfast roundtable discussion on ‘Digital transformation in Africa’ on 12 March in our London office. The discussion will be led by Rohan Isaacs, Martin Kavanagh and Charlie Morgan along with Darcie Allen from G3 and will centre around the opportunities arising from digitalisation … Read more

    MUDDYING THE WATERS: THE UPSTREAM PETROLEUM RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT BILL 2020

    Authors: Peter Leon, Paul Morton, Amanda Hattingh and Ernst Muller Introduction Key points arising from the bill Conclusion INTRODUCTION A year ago, on 27 February 2019, Total S.A. announced a major discovery of gas condensate in the Outeniqua Basin (Brulpadda prospect, Block 11B/12B) offshore South Africa. This deposit reportedly contains around one billion barrels of … Read more

    2019 AFRICAN COMPETITION LAW YEAR IN REVIEW

    Authors: Jean Meijer, Nick Altini, Leana Engelbrecht, Sandhya Foster, Lesetja Morapi and Stewart Payne This bulletin highlights key developments in competition law in South Africa and other African jurisdictions in 2019. Please subscribe to our Competition Notes blog to receive updates as soon as new material is posted. 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

    PATRICK LEYDEN WINS 2020 CLIENT CHOICE AWARD FOR ENERGY & NATURAL RESOURCES

    Patrick Leyden, a director in Herbert Smith Freehills’ Johannesburg office, is the winner of Lexology’s 2020 Client Choice Award for Energy & Natural Resources in South Africa. Patrick, a corporate lawyer, practises across a number of industry sectors but specialises in mining and energy in Sub-Saharan Africa. His experience includes domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, … 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

    PETROLEUM BILL — OLD WINE IN A NEW BOTTLE

    Author: Peter Leon Regulatory scheme remains modelled on mining principles  Much anticipation awaited the release of the draft Upstream Petroleum Resources Development Bill on Christmas Eve after a one-year gestation by the department of mineral resources & energy. The long-awaited bill is intended to create a new regulatory framework for the exploration and extraction of … 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