When in Africa – the dangers of a 'one size fits all' approach to Africa
Running an effective in-house legal team across the vast continent of Africa must be a daunting prospect. Take GE. Its 12-strong sub-Saharan African team is based across four countries. But the multinational's operations span 35 sovereign states, and, thanks to Africa's status as one of the world's most economically vibrant regions, that list is likely to grow in the next year. Given that each of the region's 48 countries has its own set of laws and way of doing business and that accurate information about legislation is often hard to come by, Bruce Campbell, general counsel at GE Africa, has his hands full.
Negotiating an avalanche of legislation from dozens of African countries is a major headache for in-house teams. But, as the Legal Week Corporate Counsel Forum Africa heard, a ‘one size fits all’ approach could be disastrous. John Malpas reports
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