Marsh’s 2018 political risk map suggests choppy waters ahead for multinationals

Marsh’s 2018 political risk map suggests choppy waters ahead for multinationals

Marsh’s 2018 political risk map suggests choppy waters ahead for multinationals

Turbulence in political risk – particularly Brexit negotiations, trade protectionism and the North Korea missile crisis – will continue into 2018 and feature high on the agenda of multinationals, Marsh said on publishing its Political Risk Map 2018 with BMI Research. In Europe, the political risk landscape continues to be dominated by the UK’s exit from the European Union and…

Shell wins latest Nigerian court case

Shell wins latest Nigerian court case

Shell wins latest Nigerian court case

Oil major Shell has defeated the latest legal bid by thousands of Nigerians to have damages claims over pollution dealt with by the English courts. Last year, a judge in London ruled any compensation actions by two Nigerian communities affected by oil spills would have to be heard in Nigeria. The communities challenged the decision but now that has been dismissed.…

South Africa’s mining houses one step closer to settling silicosis claims

South Africa’s mining houses one step closer to settling silicosis claims

South Africa’s mining houses one step closer to settling silicosis claims

Claimant miners and South African mining houses are on the verge of an out-of-court settlement in the silicosis cases, which have threatened to run into millions of South African rand in costs and damages. Details have not been released but a statement said: “Attorneys representing all appellants and all respondents involved in the appeal to the South African Supreme Court…

Arbitration on rise as investment grows across Africa

Arbitration on rise as investment grows across Africa

Arbitration on rise as investment grows across Africa

International investment is flowing into Sub Saharan Africa and economic fortunes are on the upswing. One consequence has been an increase in the emergence of disputes, creating an opportunity for states and interested parties to consider whether existing dispute resolution frameworks are fit for purpose. In the energy sector, parties often decline to resolve disputes before the local courts, preferring…

Important to consider all the issues in African infrastructure projects

Important to consider all the issues in African infrastructure projects

Important to consider all the issues in African infrastructure projects

Making a success of energy or infrastructure projects anywhere in Africa is challenging. Developing and financing such a project in Africa will involve a variety of participants – all with their own particular requirements and responsibilities. The question is: how can you make the right choices when it comes to securing investment and selecting project partners? To make the right…

Proposed financial provisioning regulations for mining rehabilitation released for comment in RSA

Proposed financial provisioning regulations for mining rehabilitation released for comment in RSA

Proposed financial provisioning regulations for mining rehabilitation released for comment in RSA

Risk managers have just ten more days to comment on proposals to change the financial provision requirements for South African mining houses. On 10 November 2017, the Minister of Environmental Affairs published proposed regulations pertaining to the financial provision for prospecting, exploration, mining or production operations for public comment. The proposed regulations were published in terms of the National Environmental…

Blockchain could limit fraud and corruption across Africa

Blockchain could limit fraud and corruption across Africa

Blockchain could limit fraud and corruption across Africa

Blockchain technology could be the solution to some of Africa’s greatest developmental challenges, particularly in terms of reducing fraud and corruption. It offers a new approach to combatting corruption because of its ability to create and store encrypted records that can be verified, but not altered or deleted. The best way to explain how blockchain works is to think of…

South African M&A conditions set to improve

South African M&A conditions set to improve

South African M&A conditions set to improve

Conditions for deal activity in South Africa are predicted to improve in 2018, but this will depend on political and economic conditions in the country in the next two years, according to the latest report from Baker McKenzie. In its third edition of the Global Transactions Forecast, the law firm states that the easing of key economic and political risks…

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