DLA Piper LLP

Dispute Resolution Department

Africa-wide
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What the team is known for International firm adept at assisting African governments and state-owned entities with arbitration. Maintains strong offices in Johannesburg and Casablanca, with considerable experience across the telecommunications, infrastructure, natural resources and energy sectors. Its network throughout the continent is also an attraction, and forms one of the most comprehensive relationship networks around. Notably the firm has a presence on the ground in anglophone, francophone and lusophone Africa.

Strengths Interviewees highlight the firm's "big African network," concluding that the firm is "impressive."

Work highlights Represented Technip France in a USD5 billion ICC arbitration against Sonatrach concerning a contract for the expansion of an oil refinery.

Advised the Democratic Republic of Congo on a USD110 million French Court of Cassation dispute against a hedge fund relating to the global enforcement of two ICC arbitral awards.

Notable practitioners

Michael Ostrove draws praise from interviewees for his "active and prominent practice in Africa." Sources highlight his "good practice in West Africa" and expertise across the francophone region. He has significant experience acting for states on investment treaty arbitrations. He operates out of Paris and is the firm's global head of international arbitration.