Sub-Saharan Africa

Our team have been regularly active in cases arising in the Sub-Saharan region in recent years. From supporting the enforcement of awards against sovereigns, to mapping complex asset structures and investigating alleged state corruption, we have been engaged in disputes originating or with a research requirement in many of the 54 countries of the continent, with recent examples including Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, Gabon, Senegal and Ghana.

Language capabilities, experience living and working across sub-Saharan Africa, field work experience and robust local relationships enable us to effectively navigate the diverse and politically complex landscape of the region to gather timely and precise intelligence and evidence that can be relied on in court.

“They provide a sober analysis of what they’ve been able to gather” – Chambers UK, Litigation Support: Business Intelligence & Investigations 2020.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

Undertook an asset tracing exercise to assist with enforcement of a creditor’s award. Identified receivables due from international trading partners and revenue structure of the company, as well as potential leverage points.
Working on behalf of a creditor with a multimillion-dollar award, we identified the sovereign’s key commercial-use assets and receivables. The resulting enforcement plan drew on research undertaken in East Africa, Europe, the US and the Middle East.
Led an investigation on behalf of a European commodity trader to develop a recovery strategy in pursuit of a multi-hundred-million-dollar award against an African sovereign. Identified assets in the UK including property, shareholdings not covered by sovereign immunity and interest payment windows on sovereign investments.
Undertook investigative work across Europe, US, Middle East and East Africa to enforce a creditor’s multi-million dollar award against a power developer active in eastern Africa. Identified assets and evidence of fraudulent conveyance, violations of corporate governance and dissipation.
Investigation on behalf of a global trading conglomerate into the SPV partners of a Ghanaian power project. Delivered detailed analysis of the SPV partners based on the local documentary record and discreet interviews, identifying historical malpractice, conflicts of interest and implicit involvement in a highly publicised scandal.
Investigated a client’s competitor allegedly involved in corruptly manipulating contracts issued by a large state-owned corporation in Africa. Supported client’s public relations team in making the allegations and supporting evidence public.
We mapped the parent company’s global subsidiaries and identified their assets in Tanzania. The company ultimately settled the claim.
Engaged by a natural resources investor in a multimillion arbitration claim to enforce a political risk insurance policy related with a mining investment in Europe. Our investigation gathered intelligence and evidence around the factors and actors in the expropriation of the mine, including the involvement of senior members of the government and their cabinets as well as an associated lobbying campaign which was secretly funded. Contributed evidence to the Reply and engaged in strategy discussions with legal team.

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NEWS AND INSIGHT

FIRM NEWS 24 JANUARY 2022

Director Jenna Burton was interviewed for The Arbitration Station’s first podcast of 2022. The podcast discusses key issues relating to commercial and investment arbitration. Hosted by arbitration experts Saadia Bhatty (Counsel, International...

COMMENTARY 27 OCTOBER 2021

Directors Isabel Asquith and Matthew Walker spoke on panel for ThoughLeaders4 London event.  Isabel discussed the Burning Questions of 2022 for asset recovery, fraud, recovery, and insolvency. Isabel outlined the implications of information entering the...

FIRM NEWS 11 OCTOBER 2021

Raedas are pleased to announce the hire of forensic accountant and accounting expert witness David Lawler. David has over 30 years’ experience advising claimants and defendants in high profile disputes across a variety of sectors. Trained as a Chartered...

FIRM NEWS 28 JUNE 2021

Raedas have maintained their Chambers and Partners’ Band 1 ranking for Litigation Support: Business Intelligence & Investigations (BI&I) for the third year in a row, and Band 2 ranking for Global Asset Tracing & Recovery (Investigations) for a...