Comment: The Legal 500 perspective on EMEA – more ways than ever to skin a cat

Comment: The Legal 500 perspective on EMEA – more ways than ever to skin a cat

The shifting interests of international business are echoed in recent law firm moves across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and reflected in the recently published 2016 The Legal 500 EMEA, which added 15 countries to its coverage over the past two years to address growing interest in Africa, as well as the return of international work to jurisdictions such as Iran and Iraq.

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The Legal 500 view on EMEA – more ways than ever to skin a cat

The Legal 500 view on EMEA – more ways than ever to skin a cat

The shifting interests of international business are echoed in recent law firm moves across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and reflected in the recently published 2016 The Legal 500 EMEA, which added 15 countries to its coverage over the past two years to address growing interest in Africa, as well as the return of international work to jurisdictions such as Iran and Iraq.

Looking at EMEA results, two core themes emerge: a realignment of priorities among international practices and an emergence of firms positioned as the go-to contender for regional work.

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Clyde & Co ramps up South African offering with Norton Rose, ENS hires

Clyde & Co ramps up South African offering with Norton Rose, ENS hires

Clyde & Co has continued its seemingly relentless international push of the last 18 months, this time recruiting ten new lawyers including five partners in South Africa, bringing the total number of legal staff across its Johannesburg and Cape Town offices to 30.

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Clause and effect – The arbitration backing Africa’s investment boom

Clause and effect – The arbitration backing Africa’s investment boom

As foreign investment into Africa grows, so does the demand for dispute resolution. We team up with Simmons & Simmons to assess how clients can get the best out of that crunch arbitration clause.

The attraction of Africa, and its abundance of natural resources, is undeniable. In 20 years, foreign direct investment (FDI) rose by 853% from just over $6bn in 1994 to $57.2bn in 2013, compared to a global average of 466% growth. It is unsurprising then that the increase in African-related arbitration has been robust. Where international investment goes, disputes invariably follow.

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Guest post: What can IP offer Africa – and what can Africa offer IP?

Guest post: What can IP offer Africa – and what can Africa offer IP?

A handsome book recently arrived on my crowded desk, demanding attention: it’s Innovation & Intellectual Property: Collaborative Dynamics in Africa, edited by scholars Jeremy de Beer, Chris Armstrong, Chidi Oguamanam and Tobia Schonwetter. Published by the UCT Press in association with the IP Unit of the Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town (that’s what ‘UCT’ stands for) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), it’s one of those lovely books that you don’t have to buy since you can read it online or download it in its entirety  all 431 pages of it  by accessing its website here.

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News in brief – March 2015

News in brief – March 2015

JP MORGAN TURNS TO GOLDMAN SACHS FOR NEW EMEA GC

JP Morgan Chase hired heavyweight counsel, and former lawyer at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, John Tribolati from Goldman Sachs to succeed Piers Le Marchant as EMEA general counsel. Le Marchant is remaining with the banking giant as global head of compliance for corporate and investment banking.

 

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