News 08 Jan. 2021
Curtis Adds Africa Insider and Corporate Partner Kalidou Gadio in the U.S.
News 18 Nov. 2020
Libya Obtains Historic Victory in Setting Aside of EUR452 Million Arbitral Award
News 15 Dec. 2020
Kazakhstan Secures US$1.9 Billion in Settlement of Arbitral Dispute
News 26 Feb. 2020
Curtis Secures Comprehensive Victory for the Republic of Kazakhstan’s Committee of Roads
Event 05 Jan. 2021
Partner Robert Honeywell participates in Fundación Fide panel on U.S. and Spanish Insolvency Systems
News 20 Dec. 2020
Curtis Counsel Fuad Zarbiyev Nominated for Membership in International Law Commission
News 17 Dec. 2020
Partner Antonio Prida and Associate Irene Cuellar Publish Article on Mexico Potentially Incorporating The UNCITRAL Model Law and The Singapore Convention into National Legislation
Article 11 Dec. 2020
Partners Rodrigo Valverde and Santiago Corcuera, and Associate Irene Cuellar, Author Mexico Chapter in INSOL International’s “Treatment of Secured Claims in Insolvency and Pre-Insolvency Proceedings II”
Client Alert 13 Jan. 2021
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Upholds Qatar’s Sovereign Immunity in Cyberespionage Case
Event 09 Jan. 2021
Partner Charles Howland Serves as Judge for the Stetson International Environmental Moot Court Competition
Client Alert 30 Dec. 2020
U.S. Insight: Update on Virtual Notarization (Executive Order 202.7) During the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic (Updated: December 30, 2020)
U.S. Insight: Update on Virtual Witnessing (New York Executive Order 202.14) During The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic (Updated: December 30, 2020)
Curtis has a long-standing Africa practice that has grown exponentially over the past few years. We have particular expertise in the areas of Oil and Gas, International Arbitration, International Taxation, Public International Law, and advising Sovereign Wealth Funds in this region.
Curtis has a well-known tradition of advising states and their state-owned entities 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 keeps current on developments in the sector, having negotiated on behalf of ministries and national oil companies with most of the world’s major international companies.
Curtis has deep experience in Africa 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, 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 the advisory work performed regarding the design and development of best practices in hydrocarbons regimes.
Curtis has handled several of the largest international arbitrations in history. And 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 the London office and in Francophone Africa from Paris. Curtis has 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 its network of local counsel.
Walid El Nabal
Remy S. Lerner
+44 20 7710 9800
+33 1 42 66 39 10
"Experienced advisers to national oil companies and sovereign wealth funds."
Chambers Global 2020 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)