Mishcon de Reya has been advising entrepreneurial investors into Africa for many years – the 'first movers', who recognised opportunities and were prepared to invest in Africa when others weren't.
A new wave of clients are now viewing Africa as an exciting place to do business – having identified many investment opportunities, including mass consumer industries as well as extractives. These investors demand a high return for their level of risk. They want to engage advisers who have helped chart the course for previous rounds of investment in order to leverage their experience.
Doing business in Africa offers unique opportunities and challenges, requiring a deep understanding of the political and regulatory context. Connections and local knowledge are key to navigating the intricate maze of approvals and regulations.
We regularly handle complex disputes that involve regime change, the impact of sanctions, force majeure, withdrawal of licences, expropriation, one-off windfall taxes, reputational issues and more. We act for clients across all dispute resolution forums and for and against governmental authorities in arbitration matters.
Through our work in Africa, we have also developed a practice assisting African clients as they expand their horizons beyond the continent, in particular as they look to live and invest in the UK. Our lawyers have the understanding, experience and cultural awareness to underpin our legal expertise: some of Mishcon's lawyers originate from, or have lived extensively, in African countries.
Why we are different
Whatever the nature of your opportunity or issue be it an investment, a dispute or a fundraising drive, whether we are reviewing tax structures, dealing with immigration issues or assisting with anti-bribery matters, we see both the business goals and the personal issues that impact them as one.
We fiercely guard our clients' interests whenever and wherever you need us.