News 19 Dec. 2019
Curtis Wins in London for Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria
News 18 Apr. 2016
Curtis gains recognition in new Africa publication
News 24 Jan. 2020
Curtis defeats $400 million investment treaty claim brought against India
Event 02 Oct. 2019
Claudia Frutos-Peterson and Borzu Sabahi Lead ILI Advanced International Arbitration Training Sessions for the Philippines Office of Solicitor General
News 04 Dec. 2019
Curtis advises TIM S.p.A. on €240 million sale of its stake in Persidera, a leading digital terrestrial television signal company
Partner Simon Batifort Speaks at Arbitration Training Workshop Organized by the Ministry of Finance of the Czech Republic and Young ICCA
News 18 Dec. 2019
Six Curtis Partners Featured in Who's Who Legal - Arbitration 2020
Event 04 Dec. 2019
New York Partner Eduardo A. Cukier Presented at the Latin Lawyer Live 4th Annual Tax Conference
Publications 15 Jan. 2020
Antonia Birt publishes IBA Arbitration Country Guide for the UAE
Event 19 Nov. 2019
Partners Hermann Ferré and Antonia Birt teach at International Arbitration Seminar in Abu Dhabi
Client Alert 13 Jan. 2020
U.S. District Court Vacates $2 Million Penalty Imposed by OFAC on Exxon Mobil
Publications 07 Jan. 2020
Claudia Frutos-Peterson, Simon Batifort, and Marat Umerov Author Chapters in "The ICSID Convention, Regulations and Rules: A Practical Commentary"
Event 28 Jan. 2020
Associate Jadranka Jakovcic to speak at NYCLA’s panel discussion on Career Opportunities
News 28 Jan. 2020
Curtis represents Dos Toros in the sale of the company to Chop’t Creative Salad Company.
Curtis has a long-standing Africa practice which has grown exponentially in the past few years. We have particular expertise in the areas of Oil and Gas, International Arbitration, International Taxation, Public International Law, and Sovereign Wealth Funds in this region.
Curtis has a well-known tradition of advising states and their national oil companies globally, and has key clients in sub-Saharan Africa and the Maghreb. The firm also has substantial experience representing privately owned entities in emerging markets in Africa.
The Curtis team is particularly active in the upstream petroleum industry, advising energy ministries and national oil corporations in a range of areas, handling regulatory, contract and dispute resolution, notably in international arbitration. The team has excellent knowledge of developments in the sector, having negotiated on behalf of ministries and national companies with most of the world’s major international oil companies.
Curtis has deep experience in Africa’s key industry sectors, including oil and gas, mining, finance and infrastructure, and is internationally recognized for advising governments on their contentious and non-contentious tax issues, production sharing agreements and exploration agreements.
Our attorneys have advised on the drafting of laws and regulations and the design and drafting of the form contracts used in a number of countries in Africa, including, for example, exploration and production sharing agreements (“EPSAs”) in North Africa.
The firm is able to draw on Curtis’ experience gained in participating in intergovernmental discussions relating to the design of contract forms, the implementation of sector reforms and has advised African countries on the design and development best practices in hydrocarbon regime.
Curtis has handled several of the largest international arbitrations in history. We have achieved some high profile successes for African clients, with recent victories in the gold-mining and commodities sectors as well as oil and gas.
In order to avoid conflicts, Curtis does not represent any of the major oil companies in oil and gas disputes. Both in the advisory work and in litigation, the Curtis team has dealt with a broad range of technical, financial and legal issues that arise in upstream projects in the petroleum industry.
Much of the firm’s work in Anglophone Africa is done from its London office and in Francophone Africa from Paris. They have the benefit of an international team of attorneys with broad and deep experience gained in other oil-producing countries in Latin America, the Middle East and Asia, in cooperation with a network of local counsel.
Our Clients in Africa
Walid El Nabal
Remy S. Lerner
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"Experienced advisers to national oil companies and sovereign wealth funds."
Chambers Global 2019 Africa-wide Disputes
"The level of dedication, professionalism and know-how exhibited by the firm is unrivalled."
Chambers Global 2016: Uganda General Business Law
"They have an appreciation of how matters are handled here – very sensitive in broaching subjects."
Chambers Africa-wide Dispute Resolution 2014
"Curtis specialises in arbitration, and particularly advising government-owned entities on energy."
Legal 500: EMEA 2019 (Algeria)