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Eversheds Sutherland Africa Group - events

Our Africa legal lawyers provide thought-leading briefings and conferences, to help practitioners develop their understanding of law  and regulation across the Africa market. We work with our lawyers to help organisations understand new legal requirements prior to implementation dates.

You will find below information on all upcoming and past events.

Upcoming events

Webinar: Third party funding for litigation/arbitration in Africa

Date: 15 October 2020 - 10.00 - 11.00 am (BST)

ESAA event: Now more than ever, third party funding is offering increasing opportunities across Africa. If anything, the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to make third party funding an  even more attractive option for businesses many of whom will need to find alternative ways of funding their disputes and recovering sums to which they are entitled. The event will be jointly led by John Kemkers and Greg Falkof and will cover:

  • What is third party funding, its relevance and how does it work?
  • Benefits to clients using third party funding and case examples
  • What do you need to know about third party funders and their terms
  • Funding options
  • Issues arising from third party funding
  • Q&A session

To find out more information, please contact John Kemkers.

Past events

Webinar: Can mediation be a credible alternative or a complement to arbitration in Africa?

Date: 10 July 2020 - 3.00 pm (Paris time)

Client event: Eversheds Sutherland, along with CIArb Young Members Group, will participate in an webinar on arbitration and mediation in Africa on Friday 10 July 2020, at 3pm Paris time. This event will explore the hot button topics in a region that is experiencing a boom in the use of alternative dispute resolution methods. For example, it is often said that mediation, as a more informal form of alternative dispute resolution, is ingrained in the legal culture of many African states. Is that true? How do parties in Africa resolve their disputes today and how will they do so tomorrow? How will the establishment of the African Continental Free Trade Area affect dispute resolution? Are there any particular issues that arise when States are parties to international disputes? How have African States responded to the Singapore Convention on mediated settlements?

Join a panel of brilliant speakers, who will discuss these questions, and join in the debate as to how mediation can be a credible alternative or complement arbitration in Africa.


  • Francisco Abriani, Legal Counsel, ICSID
  • Julius Nkafu, Barrister, Arbitrator and Mediator, Great James Street Chambers
  • Omonigho Oyoma Brown, Contract Manager, Julius Berger
  • Pacôme Ziegler, Partner, Delaloa


To register for this webinar, click here.

Webinar: Finding the state: Foreign Investment and Disputed Territories

Date: 6 July 2020 - 5.00 - 6.30 pm (Paris time)

Client event: Finding the State and the resolution of investment disputes can be particularly complex when investments are located in disputed territories, or when the establishment of the investment or the resolution of disputes between a State and an investor intervenes in a context of military conflicts or State succession. Eversheds Sutherland has brought together a panel of eminent international law experts who have significant experience acting as Counsel or experts before the International Court of Justice and other international courts and tribunals. They will address some important issues of State responsibility, attribution and representation in these particular situations of military conflicts, State succession or disputed territories.


  • Professor Nicolas Angelet, Professor of International Law, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Associate Tenant of Doughty Street Chambers, London.
  • Professor Alina Miron, Professor of International Law
  • Professor Christian J. Tams, Chair of International Law, University of Glasgow - Academic member, Matrix Chambers, London.


To register for this event, click here.

Webinar: Kenya breakfast briefing

Date: 4 April 2020

Client event: Kenya is often lauded as an island of relative stability in an often unstable neighbourhood. The most diversified and largest economy in the East African Community (EAC) makes it a natural regional entry point for foreign investors. In recent years, however, Nairobi’s focus on large-scale projects financed by commercial loans has driven up expensive debt which will not be offset by the returns from these projects. This has increased the risk of debt distress. The webinar will address the following:

  • COVID-19. Kenya’s response and the political and economic consequences.
  • Election 2022: Who are the likely candidates and alliances, and will there be a 2020 referendum to change the constitution?
  • Debt and public finances: How has sovereign debt changed under President Kenyatta’s administration?
  • Economy: What are the weaknesses and bright spots? How far has the implementation of Kenyatta’s ‘Big Four’ strategy advanced?
  • What is the outlook for the EAC’s economic integration and is region becoming less stable?

Speaker: Andrea Bohnstedt is an independent country risk analyst working on East Africa with a main focus on Kenya. Her consultancy services for clients — including for Menas Associates on an ad hoc basis — include country risk analysis; political and economic analysis; corporate investigations and due diligence; sector/industry research; investor contacts and networking.

This event is in partnership with Menas Associates. For more information, please contact Greg Falkof .

Eversheds Sutherland Africa Alliance meeting - Global Relationship Firm Conference

Date: 26 February 2020

Venue: Waldorf Astoria, The Palm, Dubai

ESAA networking event: The Global Relationship Firm Conference is an annual gathering of our relationship firms around the world, the overall purpose of which is to engender closer co-operation between Eversheds Sutherland and all its relationship firms with particular reference to the increasingly global requirements of our clients.The purpose of the ESAA meeting is to have Africa focused discussions broadly around the same subject.

For more information, please contact  John Kemkers 

Algeria breakfast briefing

Date: 19 February 2020

Venue: Eversheds Sutherland, 1 Wood Street, London, EC2V 7WS

Client event: This breakfast briefing seeks to explore the future of Algeria following the sudden death of ruler General Ahmed Gaïd Salah who appointed Abdelmadjid Tebboune as President in December 2019. The briefing  will address the following:

  • Can Tebboune resolve the political and/or economic crisis?
  • How will he respond to weekly public protests — the Hirak — which have lasted a year
  • Will he engage in dialogue and, if so, with whom?
  • Will the Hirak weaken following escalating repression or intensify its determination to forge a ‘second republic’?
  • The economy in 2020 as plans give way to ‘emergency measures’
  • Will the scrapping of the 51%-49% investment rule entice foreign investors?
  • Will the new Hydrocarbons Law resolve the sector’s many problems?

Speakers: Prof. Jeremy Keenan

This event is in partnership with Menas Associates. For more information, please contact Greg Falkof .

Eversheds Sutherland Africa Alliance Summit 2019

Date: 10-11 December 2019

Venue: Hotel The Residence Tunisa, La Marsa, Tunisia, 2070

Client event: A two-day Francophone Africa Summit with Eversheds Sutherland Africa Alliance members meeting on the first day and Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) conference for in-house counsel on the second day. The ACC conference will include presentations and panel discussions to ACC and ESAA members on the following topics:

  • in-house counsel skills and development
  • financial institution and difficulty to hire legal counsel in Africa
  • competition committee: role, status and prerogative
  • recent trends in structuring M&A transactions in North Africa
  • legal challenges in the Oil & Gas sector in Tunisia
  • crisis management and litigation prevention

Note: Both events will be held in French.

For more information, please contact  Farès Koussay El Heni or Wesley Pydiamah.

Arbitration in Southern Africa: New Horizons

Date: 5 November 2019

Venue: Eversheds Sutherland, 8 Place d'lena, Paris, France

Client event: Eversheds Sutherand and AfricArb will be hosting a presentation on arbitration in Southern Africa, where you will:

  • Meet representatives of the Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa (AFSA) and China-Africa Joint Arbitration Center (CAJAC), the leading Southern African arbitral institutions, and hear about their work administering  arbitration in Southern Africa and along the African Silk Road
  • Learn about South Africa as a fast growing, dynamic hub for regional and international arbitration
  • Hear more on the harmonization of arbitration practices in the region
  • Find out about the Johannesburg Arbitration Week on 17-19 March 2020

The presentation will be followed by a cocktail reception.

To register contact or Wesley Pydiamah

Senegal: Opportunities and Risk for Western Business in West Africa

Date: 18 October 2019

Venue: Eversheds Sutherland, 1 Wood Street, London, EC2V 7WS

Client event: Senegal’s opportunity comes, however, with some complexity and risk. It has little experience dealing with an oil and gas sector which makes it ripe for politicisation and the government has already experienced some growing pains in its past handling of oil and gas contracts. Although Senegal is stable, regional terrorism and violence will continue and probably escalate in the foreseeable future. China also has influence and economic interests in Senegal as it does elsewhere in Africa. Fortunately, with understanding and insight, Western businesses can position themselves to take advantage of the major opportunities in Senegal.

This breakfast briefing will address:

  • Oil & Gas sector

  • Energy sector – reform and opportunity

  • Governance, stability, and security

  • China and other influences

  • Mauritania, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, and the wider region

Speakers: William Linder

This event is in partnership with Menas Associates. To register and for more information contact John Kemkers 

Cybersecurity: Securing Africa’s Businesses

Date: 11 September 2019

Venue: Eversheds Sutherland, 1 Wood Street, London, EC2V 7WS

Client event : Africa is a region often overlooked when it comes to cybersecurity. Although cyber infrastructure is not as developed as in other regions, African companies must look to secure their business in order to protect from data leaks and cyber-attacks, such as the Wannacry ransomware in 2017.

How best then to protect from cyber-attacks?

Invest Africa and Eversheds Sutherland invite you to join the discussion with industry leaders, tech experts, and businesses on the cutting edge of cybersecurity in London and across Africa.

Invest Africa will be collecting your details once registered for event purposes only.

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