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Trio of Trophies for Hogan Lovells at the African Legal Awards 2015

20 October 2015

Hogan Lovells celebrated success at the African Legal Awards on Friday, winning in three categories:

  • Transportation and Infrastructure Team of the Year
  • Property and Construction Team of the Year
  • Assistant/Associate Solicitor of the Year.

Now in their third year the awards, hosted by Legal Week in association with Corporate Lawyers Association of South Africa (CLASA), recognise exceptional achievement across an African legal sector experiencing a period of immense and rapid change.

Hogan Lovells was awarded Transportation and Infrastructure Team of the Year for work led from the Paris office by partner Bruno Cantier and of counsel Perrine Limousin advising the States of Niger and Benin on the 1850 km-long, $3 billion Cotonou-Niamey and Niamey-Burkina Faso sections of the wider, 2970 km-long West African rail loop project.

Constructing and rehabilitating more than 3,000 km of rail track spanning four countries across West Africa, from the port of Abidjan to the Port of Cotonou, the new rail lines, to be financed and operated by Bollore Africa Logistics through long term, private financed concessions, are expected to be a key driver for the economic development of Niger, Northern Benin and Eastern Burkina Faso, across landlocked areas with insufficient road access.

Led by Johannesburg real estate partner Penny Chenery, the firm was also recognised with the accolade of Property and Construction Team of the Year for advising on the Maboneng District mixed-use developments in East Johannesburg.

This unique redevelopment combined traditional real estate with social conscience, by instigating the redevelopment of Johannesburg's inner city.  The project consists of independent retail stores, restaurants and entertainment venues with residential loft apartments, offices, a hotel, museum and creative factory spaces – in particular the Arts on Main development was sold or leased only to "creative persons" to preserve an artistic hub within the precinct.

Johannesburg associate Ghassan Sader picked up the award for Assistant/Associate Solicitor of the Year for his work advising core firm clients, including on the acquisition of various mining and quarry rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Algeria.

Hogan Lovells was also shortlisted in five other categories.

Commenting on the achievements Andrew Skipper, Head of Hogan Lovells' Africa practice, said:
"These awards are a fantastic and well deserved recognition of our experience in understanding, operating in, investing in, and respecting Africa. We have been doing business on the continent for over 30 years and our global network means we are ideally placed to advise clients on both inbound and outbound investment from this dynamic and exciting market."

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