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Doing business in Africa brings vast opportunities and unique challenges. Covington’s Africa initiative has unparalleled experience working with companies across sectors, helping them navigate the risks of Africa and achieve their business objectives on the continent. Our team includes attorneys and advisors with experience working internationally at senior levels of government and an ability to craft successful outcomes and practical solutions to the most demanding policy, legal, and regulatory challenges.

Our experience across the continent includes advising clients on market entry strategies, investments, arbitrations, investigations, and trade controls compliance, among other areas. Our clients include companies in a range of sectors, including in the oil and gas, mining, energy, agriculture, software, telecommunications, aviation and financial institutions industries, as well as sovereign states.

We count many former high-level government officials amongst our ranks. Witney Schneidman, a former senior State Department official with more than 30 years of experience in Africa, oversees Covington’s Africa initiative. In his role as senior international advisor for Africa, Dr. Schneidman uses his extensive experience with African issues to help companies capture opportunities and navigate challenges to achieve their business goals.

Alan Larson, a senior international advisor in our Washington office, previously served as Under Secretary of State for Economics and Ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). He provides clients operating in the African market with strategic advice, counseling and representation at the intersection of international business and public policy.

Ambassador Jean de Ruyt in our Brussels office previously served as the Permanent Representative of Belgium to the European Union. During his career, Ambassador De Ruyt had close dealings with rebuilding peace in central Africa.