Inaugural Africa Day In Frankfurt – 14 May 2019

Author:Mr Tobias Faber
Profession:Hogan Lovells

Germany has enjoyed a fruitful investment history with many of the 54 countries making up the diverse continent that is Africa. For years Germany has sought to strengthen those investment bonds and deepen cooperation.

As part of our everyday contact with our valued clients many of them told us that although Africa presented significant hurdles it was rife with opportunity.

Therefore, in an effort to further develop the already well respected Hogan Lovells Africa Practice, the Frankfurt based members consisting of Dr Tobias Faber (IERP) and Camilla Fröhlich (IERP) successfully hosted Africa Day in Frankfurt on 14 May 2019 - a first of its kind in our Frankfurt office.

This saw a coming together of attendees from the:

ever-growing Africa investment market, financial institutions and numerous infrastructure and development organisations project developers and EPC Contractors journalists focused on the African market. Some of the attendees took the opportunity to chat with our experts during the early morning sessions, gaining first insights into their many years of expertise related to successful projects in Africa.

Guest presenters included:

Hogan Lovells partners from our Paris, Washington and London offices who talked about a wide-range of Africa-related topics. There were contributions to "Why Africa Matters" and how to "Develop bankable power projects in Africa". DEG (the Deutsche Invesititions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH) General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer Markus Gabbert provided the audience with a very informative overview of development finance within the continent as a whole and within various selected countries specifically. HL Partner Thomas Kendra, who was instrumental in establishing the Kigali Arbitration Centre in Rwanda, delivered a workshop on "Arbitration and dispute Avoidance in Africa", HL Partner Arun Velusami and Washington based Senior Counsel Thomas Hechl provided the audience with vital information on "Mitigating risk in African power projects". Hogan Lovells' pro bono/Social Enterprise partners, UK-based Blue Ventures, shared their extraordinary story of rebuilding tropical fisheries with local coastal communities in, amongst other countries, Madagascar...

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