Digital currencies and services gaining momentum across the continent

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A McKinsey report earlier this month highlights that although cash is still king in Africa its supremacy is likely to be increasingly challenged as e-payments gain momentum. With innovation escalating there is a shift in the way people pay for goods and services with electronic payments rapidly displacing cash and cryptocurrency and digital currencies emerging […]

Dispute resolution practices progressing across the continent

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Dispute resolution practices vary in many respects from one African country to another, although some significant similarities are apparent. The latter includes a predominance of preference for litigation in handling disputes, for various reasons, although arbitration is gaining increasing acceptance, while mediation is lagging behind. This was highlighted in the responses LEX Africa received from […]

M&A activity on the rise in Africa in 2022

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According to the recent Dealmakers Africa report, during the first quarter of 2022 the total value of deals in Africa – excluding South Africa – was $9,7 billion – an almost three-fold increase over that of Q1 2021 – off 196 transactions. North and West Africa were the two regions with the greatest deal activity, […]

Infrastructure developments in Africa

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Infrastructure development is a key driver for progress across the African continent and a critical enabler for productivity and sustainable economic growth. According to the African Development Bank, investment in infrastructure accounts for over half of the recent improvement in economic growth in Africa and has the potential to achieve even more. A fund known […]

Guinea: A huge wealth of untapped resources!

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Guinea Conakry is a West African country known for its rich mineral resources, including bauxite, iron ore, and large deposits of gold, uranium, and diamonds. The country has a population of about 13 million people, its capital city is Conakry, and it is bordered by Senegal, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, and Mali. […]

Challenges abound in West Africa – but hope springs eternal

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By Amadou Barry – Counsel at Thiam & Associes – Guinea Conakry   The democratic progress of West African states achieved over the last decades is being undermined by disruptive events like military coups. Prior to the most recent military coup in the Republic of Guinea in September, the West African region experienced a military […]

Appetite for Innovative Funding in the Mining Industry

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The robust demand for most commodities and the uptick in prices, particularly for precious metals, has seen a number of minerals and metal producers flagging project expansion initiatives. SA Mining recently caught up with LEX Africa’s network of law firms in South Africa, Zambia and Guinea for insight into the different funding options available to […]

Guinea’s mines: digging up good news

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The Republic of Guinea is an unfolding example of how Africa’s vast resource potential can start to be realised. It has been described as “a geological scandal” thanks to its rich mineral deposits, yet the Republic of Guinea has been “a notorious case-study in governance and economic failure for more than half a century”, according […]

LEX Africa member firms achieve top OHADA rankings

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OHADA (or the “Organisation pour l’Harmonisation en Afrique du Droit des Affaires”) is a system of harmonised business laws and implementing institutions adopted by sixteen West and Central African nations. Several of our members have recently been recognised by LEX4.com as the best OHADA law firms in Africa. These awards have also been endorsed by […]