Southern Africa

We have advised Southern African governments and corporates on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, and our leading Africa practice has been active in the wider Africa region for many years.
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The international members of our Africa group comprise experts in their fields and have specific expertise in working in the Southern African region. Our partners have years of experience advising clients based in and investing into Southern Africa and we have strong working relationships with leading lawyers within the region. Meaning our advice is set against a background of in-depth local knowledge.

Our clients include listed and private companies, financial institutions, high-net-worth individuals, investment companies, private equity houses, governments and state-owned entities.

We offer a full range of services including arbitration, asset finance, aviation, corporate, funds, IPOs, M&A, private equity, fraud and asset recovery, energy and natural resources, litigation, rail, maritime, projects and project finance, regulation, trade and export finance, and construction and engineering. In addition, we frequently advise governments on disputes, intra-governmental matters, international arbitration, drafting of legislation and major frauds.

Duncan Bagshaw, a member of our Africa group in the International arbitration team, was formerly the Registrar of the LCIA-MIAC Arbitration Centre and was based in Mauritius for over three years.

"the team is highly rated for Africa"
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Transport for Cape Town, South Africa

Advised the City of Cape Town on the establishment of its new transport authority, Transport for Cape Town. Now advising on the development of TCT's integrated transport strategies.

Government of the Province of Gauteng, South Africa

Advised on the £3 billion Gautrain Rapid Rail Link, including the construction of the rail track and tunnels, together with the procurement of rolling stock.

Southern Africa-focussed Firestone Diamonds plc

Advised Firestone Diamonds plc on their takeover of Lesotho mine operator, Kopane Diamonds plc. South African subsidiary of a European multi-national company

Provided advice in relation to a series of adjudications and an ICC arbitration arising out of various significant process plant projects.

Government of Lesotho

Advised (jointly with the World Bank) on judicial and legal sector reform.

BCI Aircraft Ireland Limited, Namibia

Advised on Commercial Court proceedings in respect of a dispute worth US$60 million arising from the redelivery by Air Namibia of two Airbus A340 aircraft that it leased from BCI.

South African gas plant operator

Acted for a large African power generation company in relation to an arbitration arising out of a gas plant in South Africa under the NEC form against the main contractor.

South African subsidiary

Advising this subsidiary of a European multi-national company in relation to a series of adjudications and an ICC arbitration arising out of various significant process plant projects.

Mauritian banks

Advising two of the leading banks in Mauritius on various financing issues and a range of transactions.

State Trading Corporation, Mauritius

Advising on existing transport contracts, current market pricing, potential breaches of local procurement rules and setting aside existing contracts on the basis of undue influence/fraud.

Oil and gas construction dispute, Angola

Successfully defended a US$32 million claim relating to the construction and installation of an oil and gas production platform in offshore Angola.

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