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Rukia Baruti speaking at the SOAS Arbitration Conference

AILA in Mauritius and Lagos (Images)
The months of May and June saw major arbitration events take place in the African continent.  In May, the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) Congress, for the first time in its 50-year history, took place in Africa. This was held in Mauritius on 8-11 May 2016.  AILA’s Managing Director, Rukia Baruti was on the last plenary session titled “Spotlight on Africa: Perspectives on Arbitration” chaired by ‘Funke Adekoya SAN, a partner at ǼLEX, Lagos and an AILA Advisory Board Member.  Other panellists included:  Olasupo Shasore of Ajumogobia & Okeke, Nigeria.... Read more
US Court Refuses to Enforce CCJA Set-Aside Award
by Florian Quintard & Amanda Dakouré
In 2014, the OHADA Common Court of Justice and Arbitration (“CCJA”) rendered a controversial decision to set aside a €38.5 million award in a dispute between a French real estate company, Getma International, and the state of Guinea because the arbitrators had breached their mandate and violated the CCJA Arbitration Rules by reaching an agreement with the parties to increase the arbitrators’ fees. Read more

An Investor's Bitter Victory Against Burundi
by Amanda Dakouré & Florian Quintard
In 2013, Belgian investor, Joseph Houben, started an ICSID arbitration against Burundi claiming that after his land in Bujumbura had been occupied by squatters, portions were sold off in illegal transactions supported by the state.  Before bringing his claim to ICSID, Houben rejected a compensation offer from a special commission created to resolve the dispute. Houben claimed US$14 million in the ICSID arbitration on the basis that the US embassy may have bought the said land for this price.Read more

Gold Mine Occupation Brings Ghana to ICSID For the Third Time
by Amanda Dakouré & Florian Quintard
On 2 May 2016, the South African mining company, AngloGold Ashanti, brought a claim against Ghana for allegedly withdrawing military protection from its gold mine and allowing illegal miners to occupy the mine.Read  more


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Registration of a Branch or Subsidiary of a Foreign Company in Nigeria
by Oluyemisi O. Dansu
Non-Nigerians and Foreign Companies are at liberty, and indeed encouraged to invest and participate in the operation of any enterprise or company in Nigeria. To invest in Nigeria, the promoters or investors must register a company in Nigeria.Read more
Choosing a Lawyer Based in Ghana?  Foreign Investors Beware!
by Bobby Banson, ESQ, ACIArb
It is common knowledge that over the years, foreign companies/investors seeking to do business or any form of investment in Ghana for that matter, have had to rely on the services of lawyers in Ghana to advise and assist them undertake their ventures in Ghana. Read more

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