South Africa: Clyde & Co Launches Its Inaugural Africa Investment Guide
Last Updated: 27 September 2016

Global law firm Clyde & Co has released its Africa Investment Guide, which provides legal and commercial professionals with a high-level overview of key legal issues in major African economies.

As investors and corporates look beyond developed markets for growth and returns, many see the African continent as the next investment frontier. The opportunities in Africa which include a young population, rapidly urbanising 21st century mega-cities, vast natural resources and a growing and increasingly tech-savvy middle class, represent significant opportunities for growth and returns.

Despite these opportunities, the prospect of navigating often opaque and challenging legal landscapes can deter much needed foreign investment. Challenges related to new tax and regulatory regimes, difficulties in expropriating profits, uncertainty about employment and local content legislation and lack of clarity in real estate laws, create significant business risks to foreign investors. 

The Guide will help investors navigate these challenges, as it analyses each country's investment outlook, corporate structures available, immigration and employment considerations, the workings of the financial and banking system, tax implications and the dispute resolution landscape.

This edition of the Guide covers Angola, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Côte d'Ivoire, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa and Tanzania however new countries will be added in subsequent editions.

Dawda Jawara, Legal Director at Clyde & Co in MENA and a member of the Clyde & Co Africa team said: "We are delighted to present this comprehensive guide about some of the world's most exciting growth markets. Our clients' interest in African markets has markedly increased in recent years and we hope the Africa Investment Guide will be a useful starting point to help them enter and navigate new markets and new opportunities."

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