Africa Newsletter 2020, Edition 1

Welcome to the first 2020 edition of the Hogan Lovells Africa Newsletter

To start off, we take a look at the competition law developments which continue to gain traction in Africa. Then we move on to focus on the regulation of Cyrptocurrencies in Africa and China. We have two arbitration articles in this edition; the first one looks at the proposed amendment of Nigeria’s federal arbitration law and examines how this could improve the arbitration landscape in Nigeria significantly; and the second discusses the choice of a Mauritian arbitral institution.

At Hogan Lovells, we work with some excellent local firms across this continent, and offer secondments to some of the lawyers from these firms. This edition includes two articles written by some of these recent secondees. In the first, Nour El‑Deen Al‑Senawy from Zulficar & Partners in Egypt, takes a look at Egyptian’s new Sovereign Wealth Fund: Partnerships for Sustainable Development.

Then we have a great feature which focuses on doing business in Kenya, Nigeria and Zambia, written by three other secondees: Diana Almadi (Kenya Revenue Authority), Josephine Udonsak (ACAS‑Law), and Mulopa Ndalameta (Musa Dudhia & Co.).

Our pro bono work across Africa is important to us, and so we follow on with an article taking a look back over our five year partnership with SPRING.

The recent events section kicks off with an insightful article written by our Head of Africa, taking a look at the UK’s Africa agenda following the UK Africa Investment Summit we attended last month, which was hosted by the UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson in London. We then finish with a feature about the relaunch of our Johannesburg office at the end of last year.

And before you go, don’t forget to read about the details of our upcoming events and some of our recent work on the continent.

We hope you enjoy this edition of the newsletter. As always, please get in touch if you have any questions or comments.

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