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Hogan Lovells Hosts Africa Forum 2013

13 March 2013

LONDON, 14 MARCH 2013 - Hogan Lovells today will welcome delegates from across the globe to its Africa Forum 2013.

The all-day event will include a series of panel discussions which will cover some of the most topical and important issues facing businesses in, or looking to invest in, Africa today, including:

  • The regulatory framework in Africa and where to invest
  • Infrastructure projects in Africa
  • Issues for private equity in Africa
  • Arbitration in Africa
  • Telecoms: Africa leading the way
  • Natural resources/energy in Africa and key challenges
  • Raising debt in Africa

Each panel will be chaired by a member of Hogan Lovells' global Africa practice, and comprise a number of leading industry experts, among them:

  • Claire Alexandre, Head of Commercial and Strategy, Mobile Payments, M-Pesa, Vodafone Group
  • Dai Jones, President and General Manager, Tullow Oil, Ghana
  • Murray Grant, Head of Africa, Actis
  • Robert Riley, Global Head of Safety & Operational Risk, BP
  • Simukai Munjanganja, Global Regulation Counsel, British American Tobacco

Commenting on the event, Andrew Gamble, Global Head of Hogan Lovells' Africa practice and London Regional Managing Partner, said:

"Our Africa Forum 2013 promises to be an exciting and engaging event, bringing together experts from across a wide range of industries, sectors and countries, all with the common goal of successfully doing business in Africa. It is also very timely - with accelerated economic growth across a number of countries and sectors and progress in the areas of political reform coupled with a regulatory boom as Governments across the continent look to promote foreign investment, investing in Africa has never been so appealing".

Hogan Lovells has been active in Africa for more than 30 years. Recent transactions in the region include advising:

  • The Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (TAQA) and its partner, Volta River Authority, on the US$330 million financing for the expansion of the Takoradi 2 power plant, the first IPP in Ghana;
  • Master Drilling Group Limited in relation to its $46 million initial public offering and listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange;
  • Coal of Africa Limited (CoAL) on a £66.3 million placing by an accelerated bookbuild;
  • German development finance institution DEG, Dutch development bank FMO, FISEA, a vehicle dedicated to investment in Sub-Saharan Africa owned by France's Agence Française de Développement and managed by its subsidiary PROPARCO, the International Finance Corporation (part of the World Bank) and IFC African, Latin American and Caribbean Fund, LP, the private equity fund managed by the IFC Asset Management Company, LLC on their US$70 million equity investment into Africa Railways Limited; and
  • The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) and Dinosaur Securities (UK) Ltd as co-arrangers of an issue of US$50 million guaranteed 8.5% bonds, due 2014, by CBZ Bank Limited (CBZB), Zimbabwe's largest bank.

Hogan Lovells' Africa practice boasts over 30 fee earners from across ten offices and every practice and industry sector group, led by regional heads in the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, advising clients across the continent.

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