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International Arbitration

Our international arbitration team has deep experience in supporting clients , acting as counsel and sitting as arbitrator under all major institutional and procedural rules. 

The pace of economic growth and associated foreign direct investment has given rise to an increase in cross-border disputes in Africa. International arbitration is the forum of choice for many investors and multinationals. A number of countries on the continent have established arbitral institutions to service this demand. 

With international arbitration offering more flexibility, increased confidentiality and neutrality, and better prospects for enforcement than national court-based litigation, our lawyers provide tailored advice at every stage. We are involved in some of the highest profile arbitration cases in Africa to date, regularly advise commercial clients and governments in relation to contractual disputes, including ICC, ICSID and UNCITRAL arbitrations, and disputes brought under international law pursuant to bilateral and multilateral treaties (BITs and MITs). 

Local insight, global reach: with teams in 20 African countries, our people understand the political, legal, cultural and regulatory issues in the region. 

As one of the world’s largest law firms, we can provide a fully coordinated approach across multiple jurisdictions for a seamless client experience. 

We also represent clients in a broad range of sectors including: Energy and Natural Resources, Infrastructure, Construction and Transport, Financial Services, Consumer Goods and Retail, Industrials and Technology. 

Key capabilities include: 

  • managing risk by drafting arbitration agreements including rules, choice of law and jurisdiction
  • conducting arbitral proceedings
  • enforcing and resisting enforcement of arbitral awards worldwide
  • litigation before domestic courts, including emergency injunctions and orders
  • guidance on incorporating specific arbitration rules, choices of law and jurisdiction
  • protecting investments by applying bilateral and multilateral investment treaties (BITs, MITs) incorporating arbitration procedures
  • other mechanisms such as alternative dispute resolution (ADR) 

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