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In over 50 years, our legal specialists have developed a track record of doing significant deals in Africa. This means we know the legal systems, the economies and the professionals on the ground. Our African knowledge and experience is strengthened by our CMS offices in Casablanca, Algiers and Luanda and our network of relationship and associate firms across the continent. Doing business in Africa offers you world-class business opportunities across several key sectors. Benefitting from these new opportunities requires guidance through the diverse challenges of this vast continent and its 54 countries.

CMS has over 4,500 lawyers working in 70 offices in 64 cities across the globe. The CMS Africa practice utilises the experience of this global coverage to advise on African matters with local clients and clients from across the globe who wish to invest in the region. The diverse approach to the CMS Africa offering comes from our position as the largest law firm in Europe and the sixth largest law firm in the world, and means we are able to cover our clients’ needs across the whole continent.

CMS advises on local laws across most jurisdictions and in relation to pan-African laws and structures such as OHADA, WAEMU and CEMAC. Our Paris, Algiers and Casablanca teams are closely involved in Francophone Africa across North and West Africa. From Luanda and Lisbon our lawyers focus on Lusophone Africa and in our other offices we assist major investors and developers with their African portfolios across the continent. This approach gives us a combination of local and sector expertise that our clients find particularly attractive.

Our African practice has an up to date and locally-sourced understanding of the key financial and economic shifts in the region, including the emergence of agriculture and agribusiness, consumer goods, services and telecommunications and infrastructure development and operation as key growth areas for the continent. CMS’ market-leading energy, infrastructure and natural resources practice led from London means that we have key insights into the development, transition and turbulence of the energy, oil and gas and mining sectors in Africa.

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14 November 2017
Con­duct­ing oil and gas activ­it­ies in Ghana
Oil and Gas: Pro­tect­ing LNG pro­ject and feed-gas sup­ply from State...
A re­cent award rendered by a tribunal act­ing un­der the aus­pices of IC­SID, the World Bank’s ar­bit­ra­tion in­sti­tu­tion, in Uni­on Fen­osa Gas S. A. v Ar­ab Re­pub­lic of Egypt, provides fur­ther guid­ance for com­pan­ies in the en­ergy sec­tor to en­sure that se­lec­ted con­tract­ing.
Prob­lems ap­ply­ing tax treat­ies in Africa
Oil & Gas: Drilling down in­to ter­min­a­tion for force ma­jeure
In Sead­rill Ghana Op­er­a­tions Lim­ited v. Tul­low Ghana Lim­ited [2018] EWHC 1640 (Comm), Tul­low Ghana Lim­ited (“Tul­low”) sought to de­fend its ter­min­a­tion of a con­tract for hire of a drilling rig with Sead­rill Ghana Op­er­a­tions Lim­ited (“Sead­rill”) (the “Con­tract”).
9 February 2017
Con­duct­ing oil and gas activ­it­ies in Guinea
AFRICA - New ar­bit­ra­tion and me­di­ation reg­u­la­tions in­tro­duced in the...
Three new stat­utes on ar­bit­ra­tion and me­di­ation, ap­proved by the Coun­cil of Min­is­ters of the Or­gan­isa­tion for the Har­mon­isa­tion of Busi­ness Law in Africa (OHADA), entered in­to force on 15 March 2018, and ap­ply to all pro­ceed­ings ini­ti­ated as of this date.
9 February 2017
Con­duct­ing oil and gas activ­it­ies in Malawi
New Com­pet­i­tion Law in An­gola brings much needed re­forms
On 10 May 2018, the first Com­pet­i­tion Law of An­gola, Law no. 5/18 was en­acted with the goal of cre­at­ing a "mar­ket eco­nomy based on fair com­pet­i­tion, mor­al­ity, and eth­ics. " The new law cre­ates a Com­pet­i­tion Reg­u­lat­ory Au­thor­ity (ARC), which will be autonom­ous.
9 February 2017
Con­duct­ing oil and gas activ­it­ies in Uganda
An­gola - Blocks 20/11 and 21/09 sale
Son­an­gol, as hold­er of par­ti­cip­at­ing in­terests in Blocks 20/11 and 21/09,  in­formed through a press re­lease its in­ten­tion to trans­fer part of those in­terests. The pro­pos­als for the pur­chase of the par­ti­cip­a­tion in­terests in each of the oil con­ces­sions shall.
9 February 2017
Con­duct­ing oil and gas activ­it­ies in Kenya
Pres­id­en­tial De­cree No. 88/18, 6th April
On April 6, Pres­id­en­tial De­cree No. 88/18 was pub­lished de­term­in­ing that each Con­tract­ing En­tity sub­ject to the Pub­lic Pro­cure­ment Law must es­tab­lish a Pub­lic Pro­cure­ment Unit (PPU) and, es­tab­lish­ing the fig­ure of the Pro­ject or Con­tract Man­ager.