Hogan Lovells Provides "A" Perspective on Africa at 2016 Forum

Delegates from across the globe gathered at Hogan Lovells Africa Forum for the third time today, for an engaging day of discussion focused on the forces of disruption and agents of change and innovation that are shaping the Africa narrative.

A series of panel discussions throughout the day; covering some of the most topical and important issues facing businesses in, or looking to invest in, Africa, including:

  • Transforming African economies
  • Managing bribery and corruption risk
  • Solving the infrastructure conundrum
  • The changing face of finance
  • Solving Africa’s energy crisis
  • Innovation in FinTech
  • Africa's arbitration capacity

Members of Hogan Lovells' global Africa practice were joined on panels comprising a number of leading industry experts and clients, among them:
  • Franck Behiblo, Quantum Global
  • Isha Johansen, Sierra Leone Football Association
  • Gregory Ness, Standard Chartered Bank
  • Denys Denya, Afreximbank
  • Matthias Schweinfest, GE Power 
  • Fabio Borba, Abraaj Group and Themis Energy 
  • Tunde Ogenseitan, ICC International Court of Arbitration

Alex Vines, Head of Africa Programme at Chatham House, rounded off the days' discussions with a thought-provoking closing keynote.
Commenting on the Forum, Andrew Skipper, Head of Hogan Lovells' Africa practice, said:

"Our Africa Forum 2016 has been the perfect conduit for exciting and engaging discussion, bringing together experts from across a wide range of industries, sectors and countries, all with the common goal of successfully doing business in Africa. There is no doubt that the continent faces disruption – corruption risk, economic headwinds and energy supply to name a few – but facing these is accelerating discussion and action, creating opportunities for investors willing to innovate to ensure future economic growth, prosperity and security."

Hogan Lovells has been active in Africa for over 30 years, with over 250 lawyers globally working in more than 40 countries across the continent. Recent work in the region includes advising:

  • Proparco in relation to the financing of the Senergy solar power project in Senegal, the largest in West Africa.
  • African Export-Import Bank on its US$750m Eurobond issue, the largest ever achieved by Afreximbank in the international debt capital markets. 
  • ICD and Citi on the inaugural US$200m sukuk offering by the State of Senegal, the first of its kind in the West African Economic & Monetary Union (WAEMU) zone. 
  • States of Niger and Benin on the US$4.3bn West African rail loop project to construct and rehabilitate more than 2,000km of rail track across 4 countries in West Africa: Côte d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Niger and Benin.
  • A super-major oil company on one of the largest Group Actions brought before the English Courts in relation to two oil spills that occurred in 2008 in the Niger Delta.
For the latest view and review on African affairs visit our new Africa blog, The 'A' Perspective: www.hoganlovells.com/the-a-perspective.


Rachael Droog


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