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International Trade & Investment Law

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We assist businesses in all areas of International Trade & Investment Law

International Trade & Investment Law is concerned with the regulation of – and transactions relating to – trade and investment on a global, regional and bilateral level.

There are a vast number of international, regional and domestic rules affecting businesses involved in international trade in goods and services, as well as those investing or establishing a presence in foreign markets.

Our specialist panel members advise clients on the maximisation of international business opportunities and the identification and management of risks inherent to international trade and cross-border transactions.

Doing business in Africa is balancing opportunities and risks. I deliberately chose African trade and investment as my focus area to help cross-border businesses achieve their greatest potential in new markets.

- Marshal Mapondera

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We Help African Businesses to Grow

We understand the fear of stepping out into the complex world of cross-border trade for small to medium enterprises. Caveat’s African specialists focus on empowering African cross-border businesses sectors including FMCG, Financial Services (including Fintech), Energy, Extractives, Health & Pharma, Infrastructure, Manufacturing, Travel & Tourism.  We offer various capacity development packages suited to your needs from staff training to business development, project management, and secondments. We offer innovative and bespoke solutions to contemporary challenges in accessing capital on the continent. Beyond traditional means like debt and equity, we navigate emerging channels of finance like commercialising your intangible asset portfolio.

We are strategically positioned in two major economic communities, the Economic Community of West Africa States (“ECOWAS”) and the Common Market for East & Southern Africa sub-region which combines south, east and part of north Africa and currently accounting for about 46% of all FDI inflows in Africa. COMESA is currently the only multilateral trading regime with an effective competition/antitrust enforcement mechanism outside of the EU. These are two major economic communities of Africa, each with its unique fiscal regime, regulatory framework, incentives and enforcement mechanisms. 

International Trade Services include:

  • Set-Up: incorporation and tax
  • Free trade zone licences
  • Investment licences
  • Regulatory licenses
  • Product registration
  • Border compliance
  • Brand compliance
  • Anti-counterfeiting and related brand protection
  • IP management
  • Various trade agreements
  • Leasing and warehouse agreements
  • Shipping and customs
  • Trade finance

International Trade Law

Our specialist panel members advise clients on the trade rules under the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreements, regional and bilateral trade agreements as well as on the commercial opportunities in terms of these agreements.

International Investment Law

Our specialist panel members advise clients on the international treaties, regional agreements and domestic legislation and regulations applicable to international investments. This includes advice on the legal requirements for investors as well as on investment protection and dispute resolution.

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