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4.10. Africa: Legal Challenges and Solutions

Thursday, 16 May
17:00 - 19:00

Hall #2, General Staff Building (6-8, Dvortsovaya sq.)

The legal systems of the African states are obviously and naturally quite different from Russia’s own, yet this difference very often emerges as a major barrier to public and private business initiatives.

A business company launching an African operation finds itself amid completely different realities. The effort of fostering good relations with local legal counsels and government agencies not infrequently becomes the No. 1 priority for the entire business. At the same time, the company has an obligation to follow the international standards and industry-specific norms of legal regulation, although these standards and norms may change year on year, tending to become more stringent. How does a company build working relationships on the ground in Africa? And what typical errors can be avoided?  

We will talk about Russia’s legal realities and nuances, about the legal realities of individual African states, and about the specificity of legal support for business projects pursued on the African continent. 


Nataliya Zaiser

Chair of the Board, Africa Business Initiative UNION


Sophia Abena Boafoa Akuffo

Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Ghana

Polina Galperina

Head of International Projects Department, Nordgold Management

Prince Machaya

Attorney General of Zimbabwe

Luke Malaba

Chief Justice of Zimbabwe

Irene Chirwa Mambilima

Chief Justice of Zambia

Frances Kizzita Aku Mensah

Managing Partner, DLA Piper

Yelena Nairne

Senior Counsel EEMA, Middle East, Africa & PMI DF, Philip Morris International

Sakeus Edwards Twelityaamena Shanghala

Minister of Justice of Namibia

Saul de Tarse Taty Bayonne

Attache for reformes and formation, Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Congo

Paulo Trindade Costa

Partner, Vieira de Almeida

* The Programme may be subject to change