Africa is quietly becoming the top investment destination for businesses. With its exploding population and growing middle class, mixed with accelerated economic growth in many countries on the continent, consumer demand in Africa is skyrocketing.
The opportunity for businesses is clear and it is important to ensure you have experienced and competent legal advisors who can help you to navigate the African legal landscape effectively, whether you are entering the African market for the first time or are expanding existing operations into new markets.
BLP’s team of Africa specialists is able to offer businesses and investors legal services across a number of disciplines, including:
The availability of lawyers when you have a large project or dispute on the go is key to success. BLP’s Africa experts are spread across a number of strategic locations around the globe to ensure round the clock support when clients need it most.
Proximity, historic trade relations and emerging political and economic ties make Dubai a natural gateway for in and outbound investment related to Africa, and BLP is perfectly placed to help clients make the most of these opportunities through our expanded Africa team in Dubai complementing our existing teams in London and Asia.
Working closely with our network of preferred firms in Africa, many of whom we have been working with successfully for years, we are able to combine an intimate local knowledge of the very different markets in Africa with the expertise of an international law firm to great effect, ensuring our clients receive the best possible legal advice to help make their project a success.
Congo Brazzaville: Advised Panoro Energy on the acquisition of oil and gas assets in Congo.
Advising China Merchant Holdings on the development of the Djibouti Free Trade Zone. This project will include the construction of a shipyard, a highway, a modern logistics centre and the ten-year US$7bn expansion of the Doraleh Container Terminal.
Advised Gazprom Neft in connection with production sharing contracts, joint operating agreements and exploration services agreements for two offshore exploration blocks in Equatorial Guinea.
London & Cameroon: We are advising International Mining and Infrastructure Corporation (IMIC), on its proposed US$190m acquisition of Afferro Mining (Afferro), which owns several iron ore projects in Cameroon.
Advised JP Morgan Cazenove on the placing of new ordinary shares on both AIM and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange for Coal of Africa (CoAL). The fundraising, raised approximately US$106m towards funding CoAL’s Vele project.
Advised Peel Hunt LLP and GMP Securities Europe LLP on a placing by Tower Resources plc. to raise US$13.9m and an open offer to raise up to US$6.1m. Tower Resources plc. is an AIM-listed, London-based oil and gas exploration company with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa, whose main asset is offshore Namibia.
Pan-Africa: Advised one of the world’s largest independent trading companies in relation to all transitional and post-completion information technology and outsourcing arrangements supporting the client’s purchase of downstream business assets across 19 African jurisdictions.