Understanding the Africa landscape
Africa is one of the most complex and culturally diverse continents in the world. Navigating the opportunities and risks associated with doing business in this dynamic emerging market requires a business partner with deep sector expertise and regional experience.
Advising on projects and deals across Africa for over 40 years, we have one of the largest legal footprints in Africa of any international law firm.
An established Africa practice
Our Tier 1 Africa practice is steered by our Africa leadership group – consisting of lawyers with deep on-the ground experience in Africa – to develop and grow our emerging markets practice.
A strong bench of lawyers across Europe and the Middle East works closely with our offices and alliances located in on-the ground presence in Africa and a vast international network of offices, advising on both common and civil laws across Africa. We work with those building businesses on the continent, as well as those investing it in and we act as a key adviser to corporates, borrowers, sponsors, investment banks, government bodies, ECAs and multilaterals, and off-takers on major projects across Africa.
We have a particular focus on traditional and digital infrastructure, mining and natural resources, energy and transport as well as technology, media and telecoms.
Tier 1 – Emerging Markets, Legal 500 UK 2023
Band 2 – Projects and Energy (Africa-wide), Chambers Global 2023
Inside Africa video series
State for clarity: Investor – State arbitration in Africa
High levels of political and economic instability in some African countries can often give rise to disputes between investors and the state when it comes to the development and operation of energy, mining and infrastructure projects across the continent.
Managing ESG disputes risks in Africa
ESG-related disputes are rising all around the world, and Africa is no exception. Although one of the most well-known risks relates to greenwashing - where a company is alleged to have overstated their ESG credentials - there are many other ways in which companies, particularly investors in Africa, may face potential ESG litigation risks.
Battery storage in Africa: Trends and challenges
BESS projects are a solution to a number of inherent issues and challenges that many African jurisdictions face from a power supply perspective. Looking at jurisdictions like South Africa, for example, which is currently facing power challenges at present, you can see the case of BESS solutions (amongst other things) in addressing the power crisis.
Mining finance trends in Africa
The UN estimates that Africa is home to 30 percent of the world’s mineral resources, including many of the critical minerals that drive the energy transition, such as cobalt, nickel, lithium, and graphite, and a number of rare earth metals (key to the production of the permanent magnets used in electric vehicles and in wind turbines).
Impact of a new Government in Nigeria
Nigeria inaugurated a new President in May 2023, and the new administration has quickly embarked on a program of reform. Fresh from a trip to Nigeria and Ghana, partners Dan Metcalfe and Andrew Buisson reflect on the potential impact the new government will have on foreign direct investment and long-stalled major transportation infrastructure projects.
How the circular economy can help tackle climate change
It has been said that even if existing pledges and national targets for reducing emissions are achieved, the reduction won't be sufficient enough to limit the increase in temperature to 1.5 degrees. Anything above this, scientists believe, will cause irreversible devastation.
Just Transition discussions at COP28: Are we on the right path?
The New Development Bank (NDB), the multilateral development bank established by Brazil, Russia, India, China & South Africa (BRICS) to finance infrastructure and sustainable development projects, hosted a very interesting side event at COP28 on Day 6.
Inaugural Africa Climate Summit: An overview
Over the last 12 months, we have witnessed a marked increase in climate-related extreme weather events causing damage to communities worldwide, with flash flooding in India, typhoons in China and wildfires across Europe resulting from one of the hottest summers on record.
Platform Africa 2023: Our take-aways
Norton Rose Fulbright recently attended the Platform Africa 2023 conference in Marrakesh.
Unlocking Africa's natural capital: Investment opportunities for a sustainable future
With the current rate of nature loss, recognizing and addressing the nature crisis is now critical. Whilst government and public sector initiatives play a significant role in addressing the challenge, the scale of the threat will require the mobilization of private capital.
Energy arbitration in Africa: Trending issues for energy projects
This article outlines some of the legal concepts faced by investors and African states involved in large energy projects when a sudden change in the legal and economic context arises, and the disputes around these concepts. It also gives insight into two trending issues for energy projects in Africa that could give rise to contractual renegotiations and arbitrations in the years to come.
Currents Ep204 Global Mining Supply Chain
Martin McCann, partner in London, joins Todd Alexander to discuss the global mining supply chain.
Earth, Wind and Solar Ep17: Developing Successful Public Private Partnerships
Patricia Sulser, investment committee member at BlueOrchard and former chief counsel at International Finance Corporation, joins us for a conversation about public private partnerships.
Beyond COP28: Our insights
The 28th Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP28) took place on November 30 - December 12 in Dubai.
Firm announces new Africa leadership group
Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has announced a new Africa leadership group to help steer its acclaimed, Tier 1 Africa practice.
Sinopec advised on PSC with Sonatrach
Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has advised SINOPEC Overseas Oil & Gas Limited (SOOGL) in relation to a 25-year production-sharing contract (PSC) with Algeria’s Sonatrach for the devel...
Titan Trust Bank advised on acquisition of Union Bank
Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has advised Titan Trust Bank Limited (TTB) on its acquisition of NGX-listed Union Bank of Nigeria PLC (Union Bank).
Angola advised on multi-billion dollar debt programme, bond and tender offer
Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has advised the Republic of Angola on its London-listed multi-billion dollar Global Medium Term Note programme for the issue of its international sovereign debt, as well as its US$1.75bn international bond issue and related strategic tender offer for outstanding sovereign debt.
Shalina advised on $600m financing agreement with Trafigura
Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has advised Shalina Resources (“Shalina”), a leading and established vertically integrated copper and cobalt producer with assets in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), on a US$600 million financing agreement with global commodity trading company Trafigura Pte. Ltd. (“Trafigura”).