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Nota Bene Episode 161: Africa Update: What the Rapid Evolution of the Commercial and Enforcement Environments Mean for International Business, with Andreas Stargard of Primerio [PODCAST]

In this episode, Andreas Stargard, a co-founding senior member of Primerio, joins host Scott Maberry to discuss recent international law and policy developments in Africa, including the competition for business on the continent, the anticipation of further AfCFTA integration, and the evolving antitrust enforcement environment.

What We Discussed In This Episode:

  • With the United States, China, and Russia in a race for business on the continent, how would you describe the big picture?

  • Where does the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) stand, and what are its implications?

  • What's behind the recent meeting of African antitrust enforcers in Egypt?

  • How does increased cooperation among African antitrust enforcers redefine the way we do business in Africa?

  • What's the state of M&A approvals in African jurisdictions?

  • What's the state of anti-corruption enforcement in Africa?

  • What should we be watching in regards to digital markets and payments?

  • Given the fallout from the FTX implosion, do you anticipate greater regulation of the crypto-verse in Africa?

  • How might factors outside the sphere of traditional antitrust law impact Africa's enforcement regimes?

  • What should businesses be doing to prepare for an evolving enforcement environment in Africa?

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About this Author

J. Scott Maberry, Lawyer, Sheppard Mullin, International Trade, Trade Practice

Mr. Maberry is an International Trade partner in the Government Contracts, Investigations & International Trade Practice Group in the firm's Washington, D.C. office.

Areas of Practice

Mr. Maberry's expertise includes counseling and litigation in export controls, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), anti-terrorism, economic sanctions, anti-boycott controls, and Customs.  He also represents clients in negotiations and dispute resolution under the World Trade Organization (WTO), North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and other multilateral and...