Africa Practice

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.

Advising States, National Oil Companies and Private Entities

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.

REGULATORY AND ADVISORY

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.

INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION

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.

Offices Related To Our Africa Focus

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.

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Our Clients in Africa

Africa Practice

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.

"Experienced advisers to national oil companies and sovereign wealth funds."

Chambers Global 2020 Africa-wide Disputes

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"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)

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