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Wednesday 21 June (0000 - 0000)

European Regional Forum (Lead)
North American Regional Forum Advisory Board (Lead)
African Regional Forum
Banking Law Committee
Mining Law Committee
Oil and Gas Law Committee
Power Law Committee

Thursday 22 June (1430 - 1600)

European Regional Forum (Lead)
North American Regional Forum Advisory Board (Lead)
African Regional Forum
Banking Law Committee
Mining Law Committee
Oil and Gas Law Committee
Power Law Committee

Programme details

This session will discuss the investment climate in Francophone and Lusophone Africa and the challenges and opportunities they present. Cross-border transactions are becoming increasingly complex and considered disproportionately challenging and risky by businesses and legal advisors. Lawyers who are able to demystify these challenges will play a critical leading role in helping their own and/or their clients’ businesses grow in Africa. The panellists will share their experiences on projects and transactions and focus on recent developments.

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Thursday 22 June (1630 - 1800)

European Regional Forum (Lead)
North American Regional Forum Advisory Board (Lead)
African Regional Forum
Banking Law Committee
Mining Law Committee
Oil and Gas Law Committee
Power Law Committee

Programme details

This panel will focus on the challenges facing African, foreign and multilateral banks in responding to the continent’s funding needs. • How to reduce the cost of spreads and overheads? What are the benefits of bank consolidation, hubs strategies, new entrants, bank ratings and credit insurance? • Competition between banks, disintermediated financiers, telecommunication industries and FinTechs – what are the stakes and opportunities? • Focus on financial regulation: Is harmonisation feasible? Is the European regulation an appropriate model? • Responses to African legal fragmentation: What are the benefits of standardising financing contracts, harmonising regional legal systems and resolving disputes though arbitration?

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Thursday 22 June (1930 - 2200)

North American Regional Forum Advisory Board (Lead)

Friday 23 June (0900 - 1030)

European Regional Forum (Lead)
North American Regional Forum Advisory Board (Lead)
African Regional Forum
Banking Law Committee
Mining Law Committee
Oil and Gas Law Committee
Power Law Committee

Programme details

With a large portion of its population without access to electricity, and rapidly growing economies and populations, Africa faces a unique challenge to cope with a soaring demand for energy. This session will explore how renewable energies have the potential to play a significant role in the continent’s energy transition in a reliable, sustainable and cost-effective manner. The panel will also focus on the challenges placed on regulators and financing institutions to create an enabling environment to meet investment needs and discuss how renewable energy projects in Africa should be financed, through a wise collaboration between governmental agencies, international NGOs and private investors.

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Friday 23 June (1050 - 1220)

European Regional Forum (Lead)
North American Regional Forum Advisory Board (Lead)
African Regional Forum
Banking Law Committee
Mining Law Committee
Oil and Gas Law Committee
Power Law Committee

Programme details

This session will explore recent issues and changes to rules and practices concerning the supply chain of Africa-originated metals and how they may affect the concerned industries from mining to metal producers, electronic components, manufacturers, banks, and others.

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Friday 23 June (1400 - 1530)

European Regional Forum (Lead)
North American Regional Forum Advisory Board (Lead)
African Regional Forum
Banking Law Committee
Mining Law Committee
Oil and Gas Law Committee
Power Law Committee

Programme details

Panellists will discuss and debate the most recent market trends in Africa’s oil and gas sector and the most likely risks and opportunities presented by fluctuating prices, increasing competition, and the effects of global and regional efforts to regulate energy production. • Conflicting global price signals – how is the African energy sector responding to a more decentralised international oil market? • What are the short, medium, and long-term consequences of global environmental initiatives, like the Paris Agreement, on Africa’s energy production and the incentives for governments and companies to innovate? • What is the outlook for deal making and what opportunities exist for investors, and what risks should they expect in coming years?

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Friday 23 June (1550 - 1720)

European Regional Forum (Lead)
North American Regional Forum Advisory Board (Lead)
African Regional Forum
Banking Law Committee
Mining Law Committee
Oil and Gas Law Committee
Power Law Committee

Programme details

This panel will be composed of current and potential investors in Africa, who will offer insight on how lawyers may best advise corporate clients seeking opportunities in African investment. What are the key issues that investors consider in determining whether and how to invest in Africa, and how can advisers and counsellors help them navigate the complex investment landscape? Panellists will discuss the most significant financial and legal risks to new investments in Africa and how those risks differ by region and sector. The panel will explore the sectors presenting the greatest opportunity for investment in the near-term as well as forecast the sectors that will emerge as promising targets of investment in the future. Panellists will also share what investors should look for in their legal counsel and what to expect from Africa-focused counsellors both within and without the African legal market

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