Africa newsletter, December 2016

Welcome to the end of another year, and the December 2016 edition of the Hogan Lovells Africa Newsletter.

We start by sharing the exciting news about our new Africa campaign: Be a mountain, or lean on one. Our Head of Africa tells us about this Somali proverb and what it means to the Hogan Lovells Africa Practice.

The first of our articles takes us to francophone Africa where we look at arbitration reform in the OHADA zone. We then shift our focus to two recurring problems on the continent. In “Powering Africa”, we tackle the issue of a lack of reliable power and discuss why it is essential to look beyond increasing generation. Then we look at the problem of a lack of infrastructure and ask the question “What is hindering Africa’s infrastructure boom?” This section of Hogan Lovells’ articles then concludes with one by two partners in our South Africa office examining a recent court decision giving new guidance on the question of health and safety in mines, and mine stoppage instructions in particular.

After that we have two articles written by African lawyers who have spent time on secondment with us. Daniel Nigussie Tolosa from Ethiopia has just spent three months with us in London on the ILFA programme. He shares some things to consider when investing in Ethiopia. Then Vera Owusu Osei, who was seconded to us for two months last year, writes about mergers and acquisitions in Ghana. We are delighted to have spent time with these lawyers and to be able to benefit from their expertise.

At Hogan Lovells we not only work in Africa, we also respect it, which is why cultural events feature highly in our events calendar. Our recent events section starts with a write up about one of these: An art exhibition we have been sponsoring for three months at the Lagos Court of Arbitration. We were in Nigeria in September for that launch.

Our next big event took place in Johannesburg where we held our inaugural Hogan Lovells Africa Forum South Africa. It was a great success and we hope you enjoy reading about it. Back in London later that month, we held the third of our quarterly breakfast briefings, which is summarised in an article written by our London and Johannesburg colleagues. We end our events section with information about the recent networking event held in Kenya. We plan to repeat these events when we are visiting other African countries, so watch out for more news on this in coming months.

We also have our usual updates in the Up-Coming Events and Recent Work sections, and if you haven’t read our blog, The A Perspective, yet we encourage you to take a look.

We hope you enjoy this edition of the newsletter. As always, please get in touch if you have any questions. We take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy and successful 2017.

The Hogan Lovells Africa team

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