Our premium Africa dispute resolution practice is serviced by lawyers across our global network, and in particular by our disputes teams in Johannesburg, Paris and London.
We have the capability and platform to assist clients on all types of dispute or contentious matter in Africa (including international commercial and investor-state arbitration, commercial litigation, tax investigations and disputes, class actions, public international law, corporate crime & investigations and ADR), as well as to provide specialist risk management expertise.
Our dispute resolution experience in Africa includes advising and representing parties to large, complex and high-value arbitrations across a range of industry sectors, including energy, natural resources, infrastructure and telecommunications. We also spend a significant amount of time behind the scenes advising clients on how to minimise their exposure to contentious risk. We have been consistently ranked in the top band for Africa-wide Dispute Resolution since this category was first introduced by Chambers Global in 2014.
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Our experience has shown that a large number of disputes between foreign investors and governments in Africa can be resolved through negotiation. These discussions can be complex, requiring cultural sensitivity and local knowledge to determine which arguments carry weight, when it is time to be firm or flexible, and if and where support can be found within government.
We will put our many years’ experience to work in your negotiations, developing persuasive lines of argument while preserving existing rights, and talking to officials on the ground. Should negotiation prove unsuccessful, we can then help you craft the best dispute resolution strategy, including arbitration, litigation and ADR procedures.
The experience of our French-qualified lawyers includes appearing before the local courts in a number of Francophone jurisdictions.
The combination of our full-service multi-industry expertise, deep Africa experience and know-how ensures we can provide a real value added service to our clients in Africa whatever the challenge or opportunity.
STANDARD CHARTERED BANK
on a series of ICSID arbitrations against Tanzania arising out of a number of investment treaty breaches in respect of a power station.
SOCIÉTÉ GÉNÉRALE AND GOLDMAN SACHS
in two separate and high profile claims in excess of US$1 billion brought by the Libyan Investment Authority regarding derivative trades entered into by our two clients with the LIA at around the time of the global financial crisis.
in defence of a claim in excess of US$4 billion relating to its business in Nigeria. The dispute includes an international arbitration and court proceedings in several jurisdictions including Nigeria.
in an investment treaty claim against Algeria as a result of violation of certain articles of the Bilateral Investment Treaty between Spain and Algeria.
VEDANTA RESOURCES LIMITED
Acted for Vedanta Resources Limited in the defence of a high profile group action brought in the High Court in London on behalf of 3700 members of a Zambian community.
RUASHI MINING (DRC) AND RUASHI HOLDINGS (SOUTH AFRICA)
as Respondents in ICC proceedings commenced by the DRC's state-owned mining company La Générale des Carrières et des Mines (Gécamines) in relation with the exploitation of copper mines in the DRC by Ruashi Mining, a joint venture created by Gécamines and Ruashi Holdings.