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Your Gateway Counsel
ArentFox Schiff has a long track record in Africa, from advising governments, ministries, and agencies to counseling private sector clients on their investments.

Our Work

Our team includes lawyers and advisors who have worked on international matters while serving in senior positions in each branch of the US government, including elected members of the US Congress, a US Ambassador-at-Large, the former Chairman of the US Foreign Claims Settlement Commission, a Senior Attorney-Adviser on negotiations of US investment treaties, a former Senior Counsel at the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, and a US State Department Counsel. Our team also includes private sector advisors who have been involved in matters involving African nations for many years.

Speaking Your Language

Our multi-disciplinary team represents African governments, with a unique focus on French speaking nations. We have an established network of professional relationships and resources in Africa that are available to assist clients as needs arise. We draw on experienced attorneys who have extensive knowledge of business operations to facilitate investments, reduce risks, and resolve conflicts.

Our Focus

We frequently advise African governments and sovereign clients in the defense, financial, manufacturing, real estate, and telecommunications sectors.

International Compliance & Dispute Resolution

  • Anti-corruption counseling and compliance
  • Cross-border litigation
  • Domestic business disputes
  • International arbitration
  • FCPA enforcement
  • World Bank compliance monitorship

Regulatory & Government Affairs

  • Public international law
  • Energy policy
  • International trade and investment
  • Treaty interpretation and negotiation

International Transactions

  • Cross-border transactions
  • Market entry
  • Real estate
  • Tax

Intellectual Property

  • Patent portfolio management
  • Trademark prosecution