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Fieldfisher hosts series of thought leadership events for Africa Week 2019

20/05/2019

Fieldfisher will be hosting a series of thought-provoking seminars, roundtables and panels as part of its annual Africa Week, which runs from 3-7 June 2019.

The week-long programme will include talks and hosted discussions from Fieldfisher's Africa Group, partner firms in Africa and representatives from some of the largest organisations operating in the continent, as well as influential commentators on African legal and business matters.

This year, we are delighted to be co-hosting events with internationally recognised names, including Grant Thornton, Globeleq, The World Gold Council, AgDevCo, Ricardo Energy & Environment and Ghana's Minster of Railways.

Full details of the firm's Africa Week events can be found below.

Commenting on this year's line-up of themes and speakers, Cecily Davis, co-head of Fieldfisher's Africa Group, said:

"The body of work Fieldfisher advises on in Africa continues to grow every year.

"African businesses are among the most dynamic companies anywhere in the world and their development is beginning to reshape international flows of trade, talent and professional service delivery.

"This year's Africa Week will focus on these shifts and many of the themes preoccupying African businesses, such as the need to power growth with sustainable energy, how to govern companies responsibly and how to protect commercial interests deliver future growth.

"We are especially pleased to be welcoming Ghana's Minister of Railways, the Honourable Joe Ghartey, who is overseeing an ambitious programme of rail infrastructure development in Ghana."

Francois de Senneville, co-head of Fieldfisher's Africa Group, added:

"We are seeing more and more international companies trying to establish a foothold in Africa, as a region with huge economic potential.

"For many, expanding into Africa is a step into new and unfamiliar business cultures, so opportunities need to be pursued with full appreciation of different legal and social expectations.

"After a number of years of running our Africa Week, we have become very familiar with the issues international businesses come across when entering Africa – and yet every year we learn something new from the experiences of our clients and partners.

"We are very excited about this year's programme and look forward to welcoming all participants."

 

 

Fieldfisher Africa Week, 3-6 June 2019, full programme

Date

Time

Event

Speakers

Monday 3 June

9:00-10:30

Scaling Up Investment in Renewable Energy in Africa, webinar

Fieldfisher

Ricardo Energy & Environment

Verdant Frontiers

Globeleq

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 5 June

9:00-11:00

Ghana's infrastructure development with VAOB, breakfast roundtable

Fieldfisher

The Honourable Joseph Ghartey, Minister for Railways Development, Ghana

GuarantCo

VAOB Group

 VAOB Group

Wednesday 5 June

12:30-14:00

ESG in Africa's mining sector: "Keeping the shine on your metals", lunch discussion

Fieldfisher

The World Gold Council

Thor Explorations

 

Thursday 6 June

8:30-10:30

Bribery, Corruption & Asset Tracing, breakfast panel

Fieldfisher

Grant Thornton

African Law & Business

Moderator: Dominic Carman

 

 

 

 

If you are interested in attending any of the above events, please contact fieldfisher.events@fieldfisher.com for more information.

Please be aware that speakers are subject to change and all events are under Chatham House Rules.

 

About Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher is a European law firm with market leading practices in many of the world's most dynamic sectors. We are an exciting, forward-thinking organisation with a particular focus on energy & natural resources, technology, finance & financial services, life sciences and media.

The firm's Africa Group aims to assist UK, French and international clients in setting up and developing their business in English and French-speaking Africa. At every stage of development a dedicated team, coupled with regional expertise and a network of local independent lawyers and experts, offers its clients a unique understanding of the local African markets.

Our network has more than 1,450 people working across 25 offices providing highly commercial advice based on an in-depth understanding of our clients' needs.

We operate across our offices in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Beijing, Belfast, Birmingham, Bologna, Brussels, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Guangzhou, Hamburg, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Manchester, Milan, Munich, Paris, Rome, Shanghai, Turin, Venice and Silicon Valley.

Fieldfisher was named as a top 20 firm by the FT Innovative Lawyers Awards 2018.