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Sub-Saharan, Southern and East Africa

With more than 40 lawyers and consultants in our Sub-Saharan, Southern and East Africa group, our International practice has extensive experience of the Sub-Saharan, Southern and East Africa regions, which include the following countries: Angola, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Congo-Brazzaville, Cote d’Ivoire Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Mauritania, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

In addition to English, a number of our lawyers, consultants and staff interested in these countries speak Amharic, Arabic, French, Kiswahili, Portuguese, Spanish and Yoruba. Firmwide our lawyers, consultants and staff speak more than 40 languages.

Overview

McGuireWoods lawyers have worked on significant mergers and acquisitions, including early unbundling leveraged acquisitions in South Africa, dating back to 1993. We represent public and private businesses engaged in day to day corporate activity conducting banking and finance activities, mergers and acquisitions, corporate and commercial transactions, fund development, corporate finance, commercial contracts, cross-border sales and tax advice for foreign investors worldwide.

Our capital markets and finance team assists with advice on private equity, IPOs, debt finance and project finance needs. In particular, our teams in London and Brussels, in co-operation with colleagues in our French co-counsel firm, KGA, offer insight and depth in financing and floating companies, acting for investment banks, syndicated and asset based lenders, nomads, brokers and sponsors, as well as market entrants. For equity capital markets, our focus is on the the London Stock Exchange, as well as the NYSE, NASDAQ, AIM, PLUS, GXG, JSE, NSE, SGX and a variety of local and regional exchanges.

Oil, Gas, Mining and other Natural Resources

McGuireWoods brings deep legal background in the African extractive industries. Our Mining Industry practice includes activities related to base-metal, precious metals, rare earth minerals, coal, uranium, and construction aggregates industries. Our metals and mining team headquartered in Brussels, but with lawyers in the US and London as well, brings a specialized background to the Afro-European axis. Our oil and gas team has substantial experience supporting majors and independent extractors, transportation, commodities and distribution industries in critically endowed regions. This gives us the ability to supplement our strong regional and cultural knowledge, with deep technical and sector expertise.

Energy

McGuireWoods’ Energy Industry practice focuses on regulation, deregulation and restructuring of public and private utilities; on the development, acquisition, sale and financing of natural gas, power generation and other energy facilities; and on the marketing and trading of energy commodities. We represent governments, utilities, industrial energy consumers, in project development and finance, international energy development, environmental, land use, contract negotiation, privatization and taxation.

McGuireWoods has actively focused on steps to garner renewed engagement around greenhouse gas reduction strategies amongst African economies through direct and indirect initiatives. By enacting minor upstream and downstream process improvements, such as venting and gas flare capture, oil and gas projects we are especially well positioned to generate additional income from global carbon markets.

We help position our African and multinational clients to meet eligibility requirements and to benefit from the sale of African credits into the EU through the Clean Development Mechanism.

Dispute Resolution

McGuireWoods lawyers also advise on multinational litigation, international arbitration and dispute resolution. McGuireWoods recently played a lead role in resolving a high profile slops spill in the Ivory Coast involving several multinational investigations into the nature of the spill, the damages resulting therefrom, directing the remediation efforts, overseeing the monitoring efforts, as well as coordinating litigation in five countries.

Corporate Social Responsibility and International Anticorruption

McGuireWoods brings core capability in navigating complexities of state of the art corporate compliance programmes setting paradigms for emerging standards of corporate social responsibility as evolving from the UN, EU, US as well as international donors, trade association standards and NGOs. We regularly advise clients, including African governments on global fraud and corruption issues, including the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and UK Bribery Act 2010 (UKBA), UN, EU and US economic and trade sanction penalties.

Firm partner, Vivian Robinson QC, based in London, previously served as first general counsel at the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) where he spearheaded development of the SFO’s enforcement policy under the UKBA and acted as primary liaison to the public and business communities.

Development

African development work includes building relationships with both regional governments and supranational institutions, such as the UN, the World Bank, IFC and the African Development Bank.

McGuireWoods lawyers also maintain close ties with rule of law and economic development agencies associated with Africa, including USAID, UK DFID, EUROPEAID, and commercial interests in Africa including the Overseas Private Investment Corp, US & UK Ex-Im Banks. We have direct working knowledge of AFRICOM and the US Foreign Military Sales and Foreign Military Financing Program, as part of the overall co-operative security assistance program between the US and Djibouti.

A number of our professionals have direct experience with the region: Frank Donatelli, previously served as Director of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Africa Bureau, whilst Leigh B. Middleditch Jr. serves as a member of the ABA Africa Law Initiative Council and has recently served as its chair.

Walter H. White, Jr. has also served in a leadership capacity in a variety of USAID funded projects, including on the board of the ABA’s Rule of Law Initiative and the World Justice Project and other development institutions for more than a quarter of a century. He currently serves as an advisor to the African Presidential Archives Center at BostonUniversity where he regularly interacts with current and past African Union leaders. Mr. White chaired the ABA’s Center on Human Rights and in that capacity, played a significant role in the development of the GlobalCenter for the Responsibility to Protect and in the creation of the Anti-Genocide Network. As past chair of the ABA Rule of Law Initiative, he helped to devise programs to train prosecutors, customs officials, and East African law enforcement organizations to enhance cross-border interdisciplinary anti-human trafficking enforcement.

Our Network

Our capabilities are enhanced by French law firm KGA in Paris and Marseilles, with whom we have a non-exclusive co-operation agreement. KGA maintains an on-the ground presence in Libreville, Gabon. We also work closely with local counsel, including through our membership in the global legal networks LNI and Lex Mundi.

CONTACTS

Frank J. Donatelli Partner T: +1 202 857 2914
Mehboob R. Dossa Partner T: +44 20 7632 1627
Walter H. White Jr. Partner T: +44 20 7632 1630
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RESULTS DEPEND ON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE. PRIOR RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR OUTCOME.

Representative Matter

Private equity fund

Represented a private equity fund in its asset acquisition of a provider, directly and through South African and Japanese subsidiaries, of proprietary surface protection-related solutions and mechanical services to companies operating worldwide in the power generation, oil and gas, chemical and processing industries.
Representative Matter

Acquirers of businesses in Ethiopia

Represented acquirers of businesses in Ethiopia and restructured them.
Representative Matter

Bank of Zambia (Central Bank)

Represented the Bank of Zambia (Central Bank) and the Zambian Ministry of Finance in connection with certain dealings with the IMF and World Bank, the privatization of government mining companies and other transactions.
Representative Matter

Canadian listed mining company

Represented a Canadian-listed mining company for the acquisition of a gold mine in Mauritania for a total of  $278,000,000.
Representative Matter

Democratic Republic of Congo mining company

Representation of a Democratic Republic of Congo mining company, in cooperation with its main shareholder, a U.S.-listed major mining company, in the implementation of a USD 2,000,000,000 mine construction and development, involving complex legal issues relating to corporate matters, contracts, real estate, mining, environment, labor, resettlement of villages, enforcement of anti-corruption policies, etc.
Representative Matter

Energy company

Conducting a large Commercial Court action which arises out of a disputed transaction concerning what is thought to be Nigeria's largest offshore oil block.
Representative Matter

EO Group Limited

Represented EO Group Limited in the sale of its 3.5 percent interest in the West Cape Three Points Blocks and 1.75 percent interest in the Jubilee Field, both offshore Ghana, to Tullow Oil Plc for approximately $305 million. Jurisdictions: Ghana, Cayman Islands, England, USA
Representative Matter

Government of Gabon

Extensive work for the Government of Gabon on mining-related investments.
Representative Matter

International company

Providing antitrust training for a client in South Africa and Malawi.
Representative Matter

Investor

Advising on phosphate mining exploration and production in Mauritania with expected investment up to $300,000,000.
Representative Matter

Investor

Advising on the turnaround of a phosphate miner in Senegal with investment of $300,000,000 to date.
Representative Matter

Investor

Advising on structured private equity funds to invest in most countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Representative Matter

Japanese trading company

Representation of a Japanese trading company in connection with the refinancing of its loans to the Nigerian state petroleum company.
Representative Matter

Joint venture

Advising on joint venture to acquire gold and phosphate exploration licenses in Morocco and Gabon.
Representative Matter

Lesotho

Advising on structuring, development and documentation relating to export financing of power generating equipment to Lesotho.
Representative Matter

Major Austria-based oil company

Representing a major Austria-based oil company in connection with acquisitions in Europe and divestitures in Africa and Central Europe.
Representative Matter

One of the largest electric utilities on the African continent

Represented since the early 1990s, one of the largest electric utilities on the African continent. The company is based in South Africa.
Representative Matter

Private equity fund

Represented a private equity fund in its asset acquisition of a provider, directly and through South African and Japanese subsidiaries, of proprietary surface protection-related solutions (including thermal spray, sealing, epoxy coating and weld overlay) and mechanical services to companies operating worldwide in the power generation, oil and gas, chemical and processing industries.
Representative Matter

Private equity fund

Represented a private equity fund in its asset acquisition of a provider, directly and through South African and Japanese subsidiaries, of proprietary surface protection-related solutions and mechanical services to companies operating worldwide in the power generation, oil and gas, chemical and processing industries.
Representative Matter

Start-up oil production company

Assisting a start-up oil production company in negotiations with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) for exploration, production and development licenses for petroleum operations in Nigeria.
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Hubert André-Dumont Hubert André-Dumont
Partner
rue des Colonies 56 - box 3
1000 Brussels

T: +32 2 629 42 60
F: +32 2 629 42 22
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Maurice A Bellan Maurice A. Bellan
Partner
2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040

T: +1 202 857 2400
F: +1 202 828 2981
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Asheesh Das Dr Asheesh Das
Partner
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

T: +44 20 7632 1682
F: +44 20 7632 1638
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Mehboob R Dossa Mehboob R. Dossa
Partner
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

T: +44 20 7632 1627
F: +44 20 7632 1638
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Tricia Dunlap Tricia A. Dunlap
Attorney
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

T: +1 804 775 1453
F: +1 804 698 2065
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Marc Isaacs Marc C. Isaacs
Partner
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

T: +44 20 7632 1720
F: +44 20 7632 1638
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Vincent Jodard Vincent Jodard
Associate
rue des Colonies 56 - box 3
1000 Brussels

T: +32 2 629 42 63
F: + 32 2 629 42 22
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Leigh B Middleditch Jr. Leigh B. Middleditch Jr.
Counsel
Court Square Building
310 Fourth Street, N.E.
Suite 300
Charlottesville, VA 22902-1288

T: +1 434 977 2543
F: +1 434 980 2267
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Hardeep S Nahal Hardeep S. Nahal
Partner
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

T: +44 20 7632 1680
F: +44 20 7632 1638
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Providence Napoleon Providence E. Napoleon
Associate
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

T: +1 804 775 1284
F: +1 804 698 2127
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Robert B Rakison Robert B. Rakison
Partner
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

T: +44 20 7632 1620
F: +44 20 7632 1638
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Richard Risino Rich Risino
Associate
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

T: +44 20 7632 1708
F: +44 20 7632 1638
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Vivian Robinson QC Vivian Robinson QC
Partner
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

T: +44 20 7632 1732
F: +44 20 7632 1638
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David L Ronn David L. Ronn
Partner
JPMorgan Chase Tower
600 Travis Street
Suite 7500
Houston, TX 77002-2906

T: +1 713 353 6671
F: +1 832 214 9928
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J. Patrick Rowan J. Patrick Rowan
Partner
2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040

T: +1 202 857 1758
F: +1 202 828 3304
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Andrew Thornton-Dibb Andrew P. Thornton-Dibb
Associate
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

T: +44 20 7632 1636
F: +44 20 7632 1638
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Paul Van den Bulck Paul Van den Bulck
Partner
rue des Colonies 56 - box 3
1000 Brussels

T: +32 2 629 42 39
F: +32 2 629 42 22
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Speaking Engagement

Mining in Africa: Opportunities and Legal Challenges

Government take, minority state ownership, taxes and royalties

September 8, 2014
Dar-es-Salaam
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Speaking Engagement

Annual Conference of the International Bar Association

Who Owns the Land? Farming, Mining & Land Rights in Africa

October 6 – 11, 2013
Boston, MA
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Legal Alert

SEC Conflict Minerals Rule Upheld

July 24, 2013
Legal Alert

Recent EU Mining Developments

Just Two Weeks Left for Stakeholders to Participate in the European Commission’s Consultation on Conflict Minerals

June 10, 2013
Legal Alert

Recent EU Mining Developments

April 18, 2013
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