Clifford Chance LLP

Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Established dispute resolution player in Africa with recognised capabilities across a wide range of industry sectors. Offers significant experience advising leading banks, oil companies and significant corporate players on an array of contentious issues.  Has highly recognised aptitude in arbitrations, particularly in the mining sector and when involving governmental entities. Active across the continent in francophone and anglophone regions, as well as in North Africa, from its offices in Australia, Europe, Hong Kong and the USA.

Strengths Clients appreciate that the firm is equipped with an "established global network with high levels of experience and qualified staff."

Another interviewee attested: "I have received a good service, pragmatic and useful advice, and value for money."

Work highlights Acted for Cortec Mining Kenya on its investment dispute with the Republic of Kenya regarding the revocation of a mining licence for Mrima Hill.

Represented a consortium of international oil companies in an ICC arbitration defending allegations of fraud and breach of contract concerning the sale of an African oil mining licence.

Notable practitioners

Audley Sheppard QC possesses a phenomenal reputation for international arbitration with considerable experience advocating in a broad range of disputes covering trade, energy and infrastructure. He draws particular plaudits for his work on high-profile cases in Nigeria. One impressed client enthused: "At trial and hearing he was simply phenomenal. His cross-examination was spot on and I was very satisfied with his performance."