Jude Menes is a Nigerian-American attorney and founder of Menes Konsult Firms, in partnership with Europlaw, a group of firms dedicated to advising and guiding foreign investors and relations in Africa.
South African Airways (SAA) has reached a settlement with Comair following a protracted legal battle, saying it paves the way for the airline to reach financial sustainability.
One of the world’s largest port operators has sued a Chinese state enterprise in Hong Kong over infringement of its exclusive port agreement.
The Court of Justice of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) is implementing a paperless digital courtroom after signing up with CaseLines.
In its quest to support the transformation of the capital markets in Kenya through nurturing innovation, the Capital Markets Authority (CMA) has joined the Global Financial Innovation Network (GFIN).
The European Commission has approved a grant of 5 million euros to the African Legal Support Facility, to finance the Facility’s Medium Term Strategy for the next five years.
The Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE) has decided to compulsorily de-list Pioneer Kitchenware Limited (PKL) from the Main Equity Market of the Exchange.
Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MCCCI) says there are policy alternatives that can protect borrowers from excessive interest rates instead of introducing interest rate caps.
[South Africa] The Global Business Services incentive will create employment opportunities for the youth, Trade Minister
The Minister for Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies said the Global Business Services (GBS) incentive which became effective from 01 January 2019 will create employment opportunities for youth in South Africa.
The Centurion Law Group has announced the hiring of Glenda Irvine-Smith and Unathi Twala as Director of Business Development & International Relations and Communications Coordinator respectively.
In a bid to protect investors, Capital Markets Authority (CMA) has cautioned the public against participating in any initial coin offering or trading in any coin exchange offered by Wiseman Talent Ventures.
The African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) and KfW Development Bank have signed an agreement to extend a €4 million grant from the Federal Republic of Germany through KfW to the Facility.
Following months of intensive development, Cell C is now fully compliant with the End-User and Subscriber Service Charter regulations in accordance with ICASA.
The Capital Markets Authority (CMA) has announced the publication of a draft Regulatory Sandbox Policy Guidance Note which will facilitate the admission of fintech firms to a Regulatory Sandbox.
Following the release of the Regulatory Review Consultation Paper for public comment in September, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) is pleased with the market response and will release the proposed amendments early in 2019.
The Minister for Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies has welcomed the Supreme Court of Appeal’s decision to dismiss Micro Finance South Africa (MFSA) application challenging the regulations reducing the interest rate on the short-term loans.
MTN Nigeria, on Tuesday, asked the Federal High Court in Lagos to further adjourn the hearing in the suit it filed to challenge the $8,134,312,397.63 being demanded from it by the Central Bank of Nigeria.
Modernising regulation and policy reform will be crucial to boosting Nigeria’s digital economy and accelerating internet access for millions through increased mobile broadband penetration.
As South Africa’s business sector continues to expand across a myriad of digital platforms, cybercrime continues to threaten this burgeoning digital sphere
A draft report by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) titled, “Attracting Institutional Investors in Africa’s Infrastructure,” has undergone a thorough review by experts from wide-ranging sectors.
The African Union has strengthened its sanctions regime to ensure its 55 member states meet their financial obligations to the Union in time.
Andersen Global has announced a collaboration agreement with Mondon Conseil International, a Western African tax consulting, legal, accounting and financial advisory services firm based in Ivory Coast.
The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) has initiated a ground stability study to be undertaken in the Johannesburg area with immediate effect.
The African Development Bank (AfDB), as part of its African Women's Access to Finance Initiative (AFAWA), is partnering with Entreprenarium to build the capacity of 1,000 women entrepreneurs on the continent.
The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the Omidyar Network have announced a partnership to establish legal digital identities in Africa.
Endeavor Management, a Houston based international oil and gas management consulting and business advisory firm, has announced a Strategic Alliance with Centurion Law Firm a Pan-African legal and business advisory group.
SARS Customs officials intercepted suspected counterfeit clothing and shoes valued at approximately R10 722 364 in the Western Cape.
The African Continental Free Trade Agreement has huge potential to move Africa to dizzy heights of development on the platform of the African Union’s Agenda 2063.
Centurion Law Group, a pan-African law conglomerate, now offers the cost savings and efficiency of flexible legal services through its acquisition of IMANI-African Lawyers On Demand.
The National Credit Regulator (NCR) has issued a public warning against Charis Financial Services, an unregistered credit provider, conducting business in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal.
The African Legal Support Facility has launched a flagship initiative, the “ALSF Academy Project." Under this initiative, the ALSF has developed a three-level capacity building and certification program.
Ugandan businesses are becoming increasingly mindful of competition requirements and domestic antitrust laws when engaging in commercial transactions in other African jurisdictions.
The Central Bank of Nigeria has asked the court not to grant an injunction that will stop the MTN Group from transferring the disputed $8.1bn back to the country, and wants the company to pay 15 per cent annualised interest on the sum until judgment is given, and 10 per cent from then until the whole amount is paid.
Guinea’s fast-growing bauxite mining industry is threatening the livelihoods of thousands of Guineans, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.
Andersen Global has announced an added presence in Africa with Tadesse Kiros Law Office, one of the largest law offices in Ethiopia.
The High Court of England and Wales in London has continued the injunction prohibiting the Government of Djibouti’s port company, Port de Djibouti S.A. from interfering with the management of the joint venture company.
Egypt has seen a two percent drop in its software piracy rate to reach (59%), the U.S.-based Business Software Alliance said in its recent study, released last June.
Egypt has seen a two percent drop in its software piracy rate to reach 59 per cent, the U.S.-based Business Software Alliance said in its recent study, released last June.
The President and the Vice President of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Hon Justice Sylvain Oré from Côte d’Ivoire and Hon Justice Ben Kioko from Kenya respectively, have been re-elected for the second and final term of two years to lead the Bureau.
Experts from UN-Habitat, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, African Union Commission, United Cities and Local Governments of Africa, members of academia, representatives from civil society and local governments met in Nairobi to chart out the process of elaborating a Model Law.
Artisanal timber millers are the key suppliers to Ghana’s domestic timber market. However, they have only limited access to commercial timber from production forests.
The Capital Markets Authority (CMA) Act Cap 84 has been reprinted as a way of updating it to incorporate all amendments effected by the CMA Amendment Act, 2011 and the CMA Amendment Act, 2016.
The High Court of England & Wales has granted an injunction restraining Djibouti's port company, Port de Djibouti S.A. (PDSA), from treating its joint venture shareholders' agreement with global trade enabler DP World as terminated.
Kenya’s second National Construction Week at Kenyatta International Convention Centre from 7-9 November 2018, is set to enhance contribution of the construction industry towards the Big Four Agenda.
Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) continued to play unusual games this week on the demands it has been making on their former client Ms Rose Shumi Miscowicz, months after she lost her Kiraraponi, Karen , Nairobi property to a new buyer she helped the bank to buy her house.
In a bid to identify tax evaders, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) is actively working towards identifying and tracking various transactions carried out by cryptocurrency traders.
Andersen Global has continued its expansion in Africa through a collaboration agreement with Oliveira & Associados, a law firm based in Angola, founded by Formosa Oliveira in 2016.
The Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa, Ms. Vera Songwe, addressed the 38th SADC summit in Windhoek, Namibia.
Andersen Global continues expansion in Africa with Isalcio Mahanjane e Associados, a law firm headquartered in Maputo, Mozambique.
When Peter Ouko was sentenced to death for murder 20 years ago, he was sent to Kenya’s Kamiti maximum security prison, notorious for being one of the worst jails in the world.
Bridgett Majola and Itumeleng Mukhovha, lawyers at global law firm Baker McKenzie in Johannesburg, have both been included on the list of the Mail & Guardian's Top 200 outstanding young South Africans in recent years.
The Competition Amendment Bill (Bill), introduced in parliament in South Africa recently, has clearly shown that enabling small and medium enterprises and Previously Disadvantaged Individuals to be able to successfully compete in the market.
The quick passage of a law on factoring in Nigeria is a crucial step in facilitating the ease of doing business and procuring the trust of investors in the country, guests heard recently during a public hearing held at the National Assembly in Abuja.
Strong indication that Côte d’Ivoire will soon join the committee of nations that had ratified the Minamata Convention on Mercury, the global Convention that seeks to prevent human and physical environment from mercury pollution has emerged.
Kenya’s government has overhauled the country’s current income tax legislation framework and announced measures designed to help grow the economy, according to the Budget Statement for the fiscal year 2018/2019.
In Africa, the demand for local compliance lawyers has risen significantly as having on-the-ground expertise in the countries where business dealings are taking place, is essential.
Avoiding or limiting job losses when companies merge has become a major priority for competition authorities throughout East and Southern Africa.
Kenyan companies in financial distress now have more options than before. Previously, going into bankruptcy was not an uncommon fate for failing firms.
CFC Stanbic bid to sell Karuturi’s assets has been halted by the High Court.
The Egyptian parliament has preliminarily approved a draft law for fighting cybercrimes, pending a final vote when two thirds of Parliament attend the session.
East African economies have grown so rapidly in recent years that large brand-owners are not only making substantial investments in their brands, but are willing to go to court to protect them.
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has recommended the splitting of petroleum licences into two components for prospecting and production phases under the draft Petroleum Industry Administrative legislation currently before the National Assembly.
Pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom and Serianu, a pan-African cybersecurity specialist firm, have announced a new partnership to improve cybersecurity standards and practices across Africa.
The President of the Republic of Cameroon, Paul Biya has ratified the agreement to establish the African Legal Support Facility in the presence of his cabinet.
The top ten economies by Gross Domestic Product in Africa all have active competition regulation, save for Angola and Nigeria but those countries are in the process of establishing completion law regimes, which are expected to be up and running soon.
The Nigerian High Court has stopped the sale of 9mobile following opposition to the deal by some shareholders of the company,
Sharing biometric data with telecom companies without a data protection law openly facilitates illegal surveillance and threatens citizens’ enjoyment of the right to privacy.
The International Land Coalition Africa, a platform of 79 CSOs across 24 countries in the continent, has joined the Civil Society Organisations Working Group on Land Rights Reform in Liberia to demand for a people-centred land bill.
Use of social media and OTT services has also led to an increase in consumers’ demand for data services provided by mobile network operators, thus users are already paying telecom operators fees for using the broadband services over which these services operate, Uganda Civil Society.
Uganda secures a $4 million oil refinery deal, following African Legal Support Facility intervention
With the support of the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF), the Government of Uganda has successfully signed an agreement with a consortium of American and Italian firms to finance and construct a $4-billion refinery in the country’s Hoima district.
The Landlords and Tenant Bill, 2018, makes it mandatory for the Parties to execute a Tenancy Agreement in writing in order to document and provide a framework for their relationship and requires that in making the Agreement, the tenant provides a National Identity or Alien Identification card for non-citizens.
The denial of justice to the refinery-affected people by the High Court judges has led to the perpetration of injustices and human rights abuses that no justice-minded judicial officer should subject any citizen,” said Mr. Innocent Tumwebaze.
“There are three elements driving interest in regulatory technology (regtech) in South Africa and abroad, explains Dominique Collett, senior investment executive at Rand Merchant Investment Holdings and head of AlphaCode, a club for fintech entrepreneurs.
In debt finance transactions, the issuance of legal opinions is sometimes perceived as a perfunctory, final step in the closing process.
Despite daunting challenges, several economies in Sub-Saharan Africa are making progress in enacting laws that promote equality between men and women, says the World Bank Group’s Women, Business and the Law 2018 report.
Egypt launches digital forensic lab to Improve Intellectual Property Rights' Protection and Enforcement
The Government of Egypt has announced today that it is setting up a specialized digital forensic lab for Intellectual Property as part of its enforcement schemes of combating software piracy.
The Labour Laws Amendment Bill, first introduced to South Africa’s parliament in November 2015, and has been passed by the National Assembly.
Given the political and economic uncertainty in South Africa, foreign lenders are becoming increasingly focused on the type of security available in South Africa to secure their loan.
Lagos State has begun the distribution of the 2018 Land Use Charge demand notices for properties across the state.
The Appellate Division dismissed an Appeal filed by Castro Pius from Tanzania, whose application was seeking for an injunction to stop the Partner States which had not signed the European Partnership Agreement not to sign the same.
International tax and legal company Andersen launches in Egypt this week as Maher Milad Iskander and Co., an Egyptian tax and legal firm based in Cairo, formally adopts the name Andersen Tax & Legal.
The Kenyan government has gazetted compulsory standards to stop the production, import, export, use and sale of lead-containing paints in Kenya.
Despite fierce opposition, Tunisia has been added to the European blacklist of third countries thought to be at “high risk” of money laundering and terrorist financing.
South Africa seems to be following the trend in the US to legalise cannabis. Last year, Judge Dennis Davis ruled in a full bench decision of the Western Cape High Court that the use and cultivation of cannabis by an adult in a private home is constitutionally legal.
The First Instance Division has granted an interim injunction to the British American Tobacco Uganda Limited, restraining and prohibiting the Government of Uganda and the Uganda Revenue Authority from collect excise duty due to discriminatory rates.
[Burkina Faso] African Legal Support Facility trains WAEMU members in oil exploration and opportunities
The African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) organized two workshops in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on best practices for managing oil and mining exploration and exploitation contracts.
Technology has taken off in Kenya like wildfire, where the healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors are the latest industries to embrace its benefits.
This week, in response to the dire rosewood crisis in West Africa and particularly in Nigeria, the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) informed its 183 member countries of exceptional control measures.
The Ghana Broadcasting Corporation [GBC], has been directed by its Governing Board not to pursue any prosecution of people who may default on the non-payment of TV license fees.
Time Bank of Zimbabwe, one of only four remaining indigenous banks will finally open its doors to the public on Monday the 8th of January, after over a decade of dormancy and running court battles.
Nigerian High Court grants Aiteo’s Benedict Peters global judgment in rem - declares earnings legitimate
The High Court sitting in the Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria has declared that earnings and assets accruing to Oil magnate and Aiteo Energy boss, Benedict Peters were acquired legally through legitimate sources.
Members of the Banking Committee of the Nigerian Senate and the Banking and Currency Committee of the House of Representatives have pledged to accelerate the enactment of the factoring bill currently in the Nigerian legislature.
The Aiteo Group and Benedict Peters, its Executive Vice Chairman have appointed top Nigerian lawyers to complement their international representation efforts within the country.
International tax and legal company Andersen Global has partnered with East African Law Chambers, a legal and tax firm in Tanzania.
In the 2017 Global Innovation Index, institutions that nurture and support the flourishing of innovation, regardless of whether it is research-based or not, were identified as critical to industrial growth.
During this time of economic uncertainty, businesses are leaning heavily on their workforce to ‘ride the storm’ and emerge stronger.
Telecom Egypt and Orange Egypt announce that they have reached a final settlement agreement of the ongoing disputes between both companies through a settlement agreement.
African Legal Support Facility and Connex Support Initiative capacity building to strengthen corporate governance in extractives sector
The extractives sector has witnessed sustained increase in equity participation by governments throughout the African region in recent times.
Andersen Global is proud to announce a presence in Uganda by way of a Collaboration Agreement with Ligomarc Advocates, a financial and corporate tax and legal firm.
While it's unlikely that a company changing hands would deliberately conceal any employee costs and liabilities from potential buyers, due to the buyer's unfamiliarity with the local employment landscape it is possible to miss some employee costs..