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‘Do we believe in Africa?’ roundtable

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With economic strife putting pressure on Africa's foreign investments, effective dispute resolution mechanisms are vital. We teamed up with Simmons & Simmons to ask general counsel their experiences of disputes on the continent.

As we reported in our dispute resolution Insight 'Clause and effect' last year, Africa has become a disputes hotspot. With a fall in commodities prices leading to abandoned projects, disputes work is becoming even more plentiful.

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Clause and effect – The arbitration backing Africa’s investment boom

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As foreign investment into Africa grows, so does the demand for dispute resolution. We team up with Simmons & Simmons to assess how clients can get the best out of that crunch arbitration clause.

The attraction of Africa, and its abundance of natural resources, is undeniable. In 20 years, foreign direct investment (FDI) rose by 853% from just over $6bn in 1994 to $57.2bn in 2013, compared to a global average of 466% growth. It is unsurprising then that the increase in African-related arbitration has been robust. Where international investment goes, disputes invariably follow.

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Constructing continents – the clients and advisers targeting Africa’s booming infra market

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With a huge infra deficit and investment flooding in, Legal Business assesses the bellwether projects – and their advisers – defining Africa’s infrastructure market.

In August this year, President Obama hosted the largest US-Africa leaders’ summit ever, with the heads of nearly every African nation gathering in Washington DC. As well as working on governance and leadership issues, Obama talked to a business forum hosted in the Mandarin Oriental, with 90 US firms and over 100 major African companies attending, in an attempt to broker deals and build relationships across the Atlantic.

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