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Litigation, Arbitration and Regulatory

Our dispute resolution and regulatory team combines our lawyers' expertise in litigation, arbitration, investigations and alternative dispute resolution with our on-the-ground knowledge of international trade, regulatory and government affairs issues. 

Our goal is to help you devise an approach to addressing and resolving disputes that best fits your business strategy. 

Globalization of world markets has brought almost limitless commercial opportunities. It also increases the potential for legal liability and regulatory compliance issues, exposing corporations to financial and reputational risk across multiple jurisdictions. 

We regularly handle technically challenging and multi-jurisdictional matters and have the local strength and knowledge to advise on specific legal, cultural and procedural issues. We are one of the most active law firms in Africa, with lawyers throughout the continent working directly with our global litigation, arbitration, regulatory and government affairs teams to give clients access to one of the largest litigation practices in the world. We help companies address the entire range of technically challenging legal dispute and regulatory issues, working to deliver outcomes that meet their strategic goals in efficient and cost-effective ways.  In a region where regulation and enforcement will only increase, we also know that effective compliance and avoidance of regulatory intervention is critical.  

Local insight, global reach: with lawyers in 20 African countries, our teams understand the political, cultural, regulatory and economic contexts, and our lawyers on-the-ground  can call on the support of our wider global Africa team with lawyers in Johannesburg, Casablanca, London, New York, Paris, Dubai, Perth, Hong Kong and Beijing.  This global network enables clients to draw on the multidisciplinary resources and experience of one of the world’s biggest law firms, offering a fully integrated service across requirements and borders and drawing on our deep knowledge of national and international legislation as well as our strong working relationships with regulators and governments. 

Key capabilities include: 

  • administrative law
  • antitrust and competition
  • aviation litigation and regulation
  • banking and finance litigation
  • class actions
  • construction, engineering and infrastructure disputes
  • corporate and securities litigation
  • cross-border litigation
  • environment, health and safety
  • global governance and compliance
  • insurance and reinsurance disputes
  • international arbitration
  • international business and human rights
  • international trade
  • investigations
  • IT and telecoms disputes
  • marine disputes
  • merger control
  • patent litigation
  • product liability, mass torts and product stewardship
  • real estate litigation
  • tax controversy and disputes
  • third-party funding
  • white collar and corporate crime 

Please contact us to discuss how we can help you to achieve your objectives.

Recognised by Chambers Global (2018-2020) in Dispute Resolution in Africa-Wide.  One client noted that the firm's service is "very thorough and very motivated," while another applauded its "dedication and high adaptability to the evolution of the case." Another commented: "The team of lawyers were all professional and very meticulous in their approach."

The development of the digital economy: Competition regulation in Africa

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Data collection in the health and education sectors: An African perspective

Many African countries are still grappling with the impact of the lockdown initiatives caused by COVID-19.1 Adapting to the health and safety protocols across Africa has meant a significant increase in the sheer volume of data being processed, particularly in the health and education sectors.

Decision Support Systems: Using technology to enhance decision-making in the African legal industry

Whether drafting legal documents, litigating, or managing a law firm, legal professionals are expected to predict, with a relatively high degree of certainty, the possible consequences of every step they take and every word they communicate. Then, having considered all the possible consequences, they must decide on the best course of action. Any such decision typically involves having several alternatives, comparing them and evaluating their outcomes.