Fossil Fuels Expert Roundtable: Managing Disputes and Arbitrations Involving the Extractive Sector in Africa
Paula Hodges QC, Partner; Head, Global Arbitration Practice, Herbert Smith Freehills
Stéphane Brabant, Partner; Chairman, Africa Practice Group, Herbert Smith Freehills
Disputes between international companies and national governments commonly arise in the extractive industry where high expectations from producer countries often run alongside emotive issues of ‘ownership’ and ‘exploitation’. In 2013, Chatham House published the report Conflict and Coexistence in the Extractives Industries, examining the rising occurrence of long-running and expensive company-government disputes. Continuing the conversation, the speakers will share their personal insights regarding doing business in Africa's oil and gas sector and preparing for crisis situations. They will outline why they believe the effective management of any crisis is critical to achieving an early settlement and why arbitration is the best formal mechanism for resolving disputes in Africa. They will also discuss what the preconditions of success are, and how companies must adjust to new commercial and political realities when engaging with national companies.
Attendance at this event is by invitation only.