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We have over 2,500 lawyers worldwide who work wherever our clients need us. We can put together tailored, multi-skilled, international teams at very short notice. Our relationships with leading local firms enables us to deliver a truly seamless service. This means you get an unbeatable combination of international experience and understanding, tailored advice, and reliable local knowledge and contacts – whenever and wherever you need it. Find out more about our global network by choosing a country or region

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    African oil and gas

    Supplying approximately 11 per cent of the world’s oil and 7 per cent of its gas, Africa also boasts around 10 percent of the world’s proven oil and gas reserves.

    As continued economic growth in China, India and other developing economies drives demand for oil and gas, the emergence of new plays in East Africa and along the West African Transform Margin have sparked intense investor interest in the continent.

     

    Opportunity and risk

    But with opportunity also comes risk. In Africa, this ranges from poor infrastructure, corruption and security challenges to a lack of bureaucratic capability, increasing calls for indigenisation, fragile community relations and – of course – constant legislative and regulatory uncertainty.

    Supporting your business in Africa

    We’re here to help. Working closely with our network of legal partners across Africa, we’re able to offer a perfect blend of international reach, regional depth and solid, on-the-ground relationships to help you succeed in the sector. 

     

    Our Africa oil and gas team includes lawyers in London, Paris and the Middle East. They have experience working across the continent – north, south, east and west – including in the Francophone and Lusophone countries.  Our clients range from NOCs and IOCs to commercial lenders, export credit agencies and host governments.  

     

    We advise across the entire value chain, including on host government contracts, farm-ins and outs, M&A, project development and financing, equity and debt capital markets and disputes, and also in bribery and corruption and sanctions issues.

    Deals 

    We’ve been involved in a number of the most interesting and significant transactions and disputes in African oil and gas in the past few years. This has given us insight into and hands-on experience dealing with the challenges thrown-up by evolving oil and gas regimes and efforts to bridge the fluctuating demands of host governments and commercial needs of investors. 

     

    We’ve been at the forefront of developments across the continent, including the Jubilee development, Heritage Oil’s controversial exit from Uganda, the impact and aftermath of the ‘Arab Spring’, the arrival of a new generation of indigenous oil companies in Nigeria and elsewhere, Cove Energy’s auction, country entries in West and East Africa, bribery and corruption concerns associated with local partners, and disputes arising out of efforts by governments to strike a new balance between their interests and those of their commercial partners.

    Global investigations   

    Our global investigations team helps companies investing in Africa manage risks relating to cross-border investigations from antitrust, anti-corruption, securities and other regulators and prosecution authorities. The team – which brings together lawyers from corporate, financial services, competition and trade, dispute resolution, tax, employment and intellectual property – offers deep experience in civil, regulatory and criminal investigations. More information about our Global investigations markets team

    Bribery and corruption 

    Our global investigations team has developed ‘Bribery Watch’ – an online tool that allows you to compile customised reports on the bribery and corruption laws on a country-by-country basis.    

    Examples of Bribery Watch questions for each of the countries covered by our oil and gas reports can be found within the country reports.

    High-growth markets 

    Our high-growth markets team brings together lawyers from across our firm to help businesses understand, manage and reduce the risks of investing in high-growth markets such as Africa. Understanding both generic and specific country risks is the basis for designing appropriate protections, including through the use of bilateral investment treaties, stabilisation regimes or appropriate JV structures with local partners. More information about our high-growth markets team.  

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