The fintech industry is popular for its dynamic approach to delivery and relies on technological advances. Innovations such as blockchain, mobile payments and savings, peer-to-peer lending platforms, crowdfunding and similar internet-based solutions have radically transformed the financial services landscape in Nigeria, challenging its traditional business models and regulatory infrastructure. However, beyond the noteworthy advancements in this sector, a key concern is giving the country’s growing population access to these innovative solutions.
We combine one of the world’s biggest dedicated finance legal teams with in-country experience to advise on every aspect of finance and projects: across borders, sectors and financial products.
We help our clients to realize their financial goals by providing deep knowledge and drawing on global resources in lending and borrowing, debt securities, derivatives, regulatory, funds, portfolios and fintech. We also support projects in key African sectors, for example in energy and infrastructure.
Local insight, global reach: we are one of the most active law firms in Africa, bringing international experience to Africa-born funding arrangements. Working in 20 countries across the continent, we understand the political, cultural, regulatory and economic issues.
This on-the-ground presence is backed by a global Africa team comprising more than 200 lawyers in Johannesburg and Casablanca, and key financial centers in London, New York, Paris, Dubai, Perth, Hong Kong and Beijing.
Our capability in national and international finance covers the full range of market participants, including support on first-of-a-kind deals and clients moving into new markets.
Key capabilities include:
- asset-based lending
- asset finance
- debt capital markets
- debt finance
- financial services regulatory
- structured finance and securitization
- trade and commodity finance
- sectors including defense, infrastructure, oil and gas, power and transmission, public, transport, water and waste
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Recognised by Chambers Global (2018-2020) in Projects and Energy in Africa-Wide. One client lauded the firm, stating: "On every issue that we have engaged them on, they have always been proactive. There's depth to their advice, they're always reliable and consistent." Another source highlighted the firm's "deep expertise across Africa," additionally citing the team as "very responsive and upfront," with "efficient communication and product delivery."
Open banking is a system where banks allow or authorize third parties, such as financial technology or fintech companies, to access their clients’ financial data to build applications or services. Anchored on providing better customer experiences, open banking has stirred a lot of interest in Africa, including banking apps with detailed analytics of finances, the ability to send money from one bank to another using mobile phones, or the ability to transfer money from one telecoms network to another.
James Kamau discusses how ESG is part of the response to COVID-19 and how many organisations, including DLA Piper Africa, is implementing ESG principles during this time.
In many African countries, mining is the backbone of their economies. Often, however, little consideration is given to environmental, social and governance (ESG) implications when a mining resource has been depleted or becomes uneconomical to mine. An appropriate legal framework that deals with mining rehabilitation is vital as part of sustainable mining.