Africa newsletter, September 2016

Welcome to the September 2016 edition of the Hogan Lovells Africa Newsletter.

The articles in this edition are evenly split between those that give you our usual commentary on various issues of current interest to those working on the continent, and those that focus more on recent Africa events that we have been involved in.

We kick the first section off with an article co-authored by Nathan Searle (Counsel, London) and Fred Fedynyshyn (Chief Legal and Compliance Officer, BitPesa, Kenya) where they give us seven tips to help engage effectively with African regulators. After that we shift to the francophone part of the continent and see how OHADA law is helping to facilitate transactions and encourage investment in that zone.

We then take a look at the UK Modern Slavery Act and how this affects business and supply chain transparency in Africa. Finally, this section concludes with an article from our financial services team in London and Johannesburg examining the “twin peaks” approach to regulation and whether that is a suitable model for South Africa.

Our recent events section starts with an interview that first appeared in the Nigerian press. In it Jerome Finnis (Counsel, London) discusses what can be done to make Nigeria a more attractive seat for arbitration in Africa.

Our biggest event of the past 3 months was our third Africa Forum, held in the London office on 30 June. This newsletter features a short article providing a summary of that event, and then there follows a more detailed article on the interesting discussions that arose from the Power and Energy Infrastructure panel.

We conclude the events section in a social mood, with a short write up about the Cocktail Event that we held with clients and local lawyers when we went to Nairobi in August to speak at the LMA Conference. Watch out for more networking events when we are visiting other African countries!

Also included in this newsletter are our usual features: The A-Perspective (our Africa blog); View from a Secondee (this time featuring Pointer Chinyerere from the African Development Bank); Up-coming events and Recent work.

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

The Hogan Lovells Africa team

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