Upheaval and uncertainty in mineral regulation in parts of Africa: resurgence of resource nationalism highlights the importance of investment treaty protections

The last few months have seen significant changes to mining regulations in various African states, giving rise to a concern that a regional trend of resource nationalism may be (re-)emerging. In this context it is important for companies associated with the mining sector to be aware of the protection international investment treaties may provide against … Read more

HSF Consultant Antonio Pastor’s book published: “The economic relevance of the settlement of maritime boundaries between States. The role of insular formations”

Herbert Smith Freehills' consultant Antonio Pastor is pleased to announced the release of his book  'Delimitation of maritime boundaries between states. Insular formations and low-tide elevations' (TIRANT LO BLANCH, Valencia, 2017). Commenting on the book, Antonio said: "There is an economic dimension of this subject matter. The settlement of maritime boundaries can have a significant … Read more

Doing business in Africa: human rights and crisis management

Stéphane Brabant, Partner, and Yann Alix, Senior Associate, have published an article on doing business in Africa, focussing on the need for investors taking a long-term view to consider human rights implications and crisis management. To read the full article please click here. This article was first published in African Banker, Issue 33, 3rd quarter 2015. Read more

Interim agreement between Federal Government of Iraq and Kurdistan Regional Government on oil exports, yet major differences and legal proceedings persist

These are challenging times for Iraq. The Islamic State or ISIS controls thousands of square miles of territory and major Iraqi cities such as Mosul, Tikrit and Falluja. While leading the offensive against ISIS and enjoying the support of international allies, the Kurdistan Region of Iraq is seeking to secure contracts with international energy companies … Read more

EU sanctions update: EU extends sanctions against Syria and amends sanctions against Libya and Somalia; further developments relating to Ukraine/Russia

Herbert Smith Freehills has published the latest edition of its Sanctions Update e-bulletin on recent developments in various international sanctions regimes. At EU level these are relatively limited: The EU has announced additional sanctions in respect of the situation in Syria, extending the designated persons list and announcing an imminent restriction on the export of … Read more