News 25 Jan. 2024
Counsel Mohannad A. El Murtadi Suleiman Addresses “Africanization” of International Investment Law
News 11 Oct. 2023
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Event 18 Aug. 2023
Partner Borzu Sabahi Speaks at FDI Moot Shenzhen
News 25 Jul. 2023
Partner Eric Gilioli Ranked in Top 10 Influential Energy & Natural Resources Lawyers in Kazakhstan in Business Today
Client Alert 28 Dec. 2023
U.S. to Impose Secondary Sanctions on Non-U.S. Banks For Financing Russia’s Defense Industry
Article 22 Aug. 2023
Fuad Zarbiyev Publishes Article in Journal of International Economic Law
Event 22 Aug. 2023
Partner Dr. Claudia Frutos-Peterson to Speak at Arbitration and ADR Commission of the ICC Mexico
Event 11 Jul. 2023
Partner Elisa Botero Speaks on the Role of the ICC in Investment Disputes
News 15 Aug. 2023
Legal Reader Publishes Article on Dr. Majed Alotaibi’s Arrival as Senior Counsel in Curtis’ Riyadh Office
News 31 Jul. 2023
Curtis Welcomes Senior Saudi Advisor, Dr. Majed Alotaibi, to its Riyadh Office
News 24 Aug. 2023
Curtis Attorneys Quoted in CoinDesk on FTX Founder Sam Bankman-Fried’s Strategy Ahead of His Criminal Trial
News 06 Mar. 2023
Russia Sanctions at the First Anniversary: An Overview of Current Sanctions in the US, UK, and EU and How Global Companies Can Navigate Evolving and Conflicting Sanctions Regimes
Client Alert 24 Jun. 2021
Update on Virtual Notarization (Executive Order 202.7) During the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic (Updated: June 24, 2021) — U.S. Insight
Update on Virtual Witnessing (New York Executive Order 202.14) During The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic (Updated: June 24, 2021) — U.S. Insight
Curtis has a long-standing Africa law 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.
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Curtis Helps Raise Hygiene Standards and Empower Women in Africa’s Sahel Region
The firm has played a pivotal role in the development of Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) Development Impact Bonds, initiated by the French Development Agency and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Click here to learn more.
Well-respected firm with notable contentious work across the Maghreb and East Africa.
Chambers 2021 Dispute Resolution - Africa-Wide
Recognised for its representation of the national government in a variety of domestic and international arbitration proceedings.
Chambers Global 2021 - Uganda General Business
"Experienced advisers to national oil companies and sovereign wealth funds."
Chambers Global 2020 Africa-wide Disputes
"Curtis specialises in arbitration, and particularly advising government-owned entities on energy."
Legal 500: EMEA 2019 (Algeria)