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Hogan Lovells launches African legal investment guide

Global law firm, Hogan Lovells

Helping to know where to invest businesses in Africa, Global law firm, Hogan Lovells has launched its third annual special report on investment in Africa 2019, a comprehensive guide on the legal and regulatory framework.

The biggest edition of the Special Report was authored by a combination of Hogan Lovells lawyers and local law firms across African nations to help businesses make informed decisions on where to invest in the continent.

In a statement made available to The Guardian, potential investors can easily use comparable country-by-country analysis on matters such as local content rules, real estate ownership, taxation, dispute resolution, and employment.

In the report, there are also four Special features providing insight into the areas of mining, international arbitration, diversification, and DFI investment in infrastructure. 

“Each of the authors has detailed first-hand experience of their jurisdiction and understands the key challenges clients face on a day-to-day basis. 

As seen in previous years, the Special Report also contains four Sector Overviews of investment sectors that are of particular importance in Africa – Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Power & Infrastructure, and Technology, Media & Telecoms.

“Companies featured in the report came from all four corners of Africa, with major corporations, financial institutions, and governments from Europe, Asia and the Americas investing in the region due to its attractiveness for immediate returns coupled with the continent’s long-term potential.”

The statement further read that  Africa investment report coincides with the firm’s sixth annual Africa Forum in July 2019, held at Merchant Taylor’s Hall in London.
 
Head of Hogan Lovells Africa practice and contributing editor partner, Andrew Skipper in his comment on the guide said: “The narrative is changing driven by the concerted effort of African leadership and through evidence, confidence and pride. 

“There are positive examples where returns on investment for those who understand the risks and play a long-game can be high; and with significant institutional reforms underway, increased ease of doing business rankings and some of the world’s highest GDP growth predictions, African countries are ripe and keen to secure investment.”

The report was produced in collaboration with African Law & Business, a Global Legal Group publication.

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