Greenberg Traurig Co-Hosts ‘Doing Business in Africa’ Forum with The Corporate Council on Africa

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Greenberg Traurig Co-Hosts ‘Doing Business in Africa’ Forum with The Corporate Council on Africa

The international law firm Greenberg Traurig, in partnership with The Corporate Council on Africa (CCA), hosted a Doing Business in Africa Forum Thursday, November 7, 2013. The forum, which was held in Greenberg Traurig’s Washington, D.C. office, set the stage for a discussion on the investment and development opportunities on the continent of Africa and on securing resources and support for participation in those opportunities.

Featured forum speakers included: Katharine Baragona, Senior Infrastructure Specialist, The World Bank; Don De Amicis, General Counsel, Overseas Private Investment Corporation; Florie Liser, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Africa; and H.E. Dr. Ruben Maye Nsue Mangue, Ambassador of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea to the United States of America.

Last month’s forum was the first of a series of meetings that seek to engage the African Diplomatic Corps, U.S. government officials, and an assembly of others interested in developing business opportunities in Africa. Jude Kearney, chair of Greenberg Traurig’s Africa Practice, asserted, “Our Africa practice is incredibly dedicated to the region and is very reactive to our African clients and clients interested in Africa. Everyone here should expect to hear from us going forward as we seek to share ideas and knowledge in regards to doing business in Africa.”

Other members of the African diplomatic corps included H.E. Akec Khoc Aciew, Ambassador of South Sudan, H.E. Dr. Tebelelo Mazile Seretse, Ambassador of Botswana, and H.E. Oliver Wonekha, Ambassador of Uganda, along with representatives from the embassies of Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Libya, Angola, and Ethiopia. Members of the private sector and other U.S. government agencies were also present.

“We are pleased to partner with Greenberg Traurig, whose steadfast commitment to Africa is in line with CCA’s mission to raise Africa’s profile in the U.S. business community and increase investment in and trade with the nations of Africa,” noted Stephen Hayes, President and CEO of The Corporate Council on Africa.

The Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) is a nonprofit, membership-based organization established in 1993 to promote business and investment between the United States and the nations of Africa. CCA is the premier American organization devoted to U.S.-Africa business relations and includes as members more than 160 companies, which represent nearly 85 percent of total U.S. private sector investments in Africa. CCA’s members range from America’s smallest to largest corporations. They represent a diverse pool of industries from more than eight key sectors, including agribusiness, capacity building, energy, finance, health, ICT, infrastructure, and security. For more information, please visit

About Greenberg Traurig’s Africa Practice
Greenberg Traurig has quickly emerged as a preferred advisor in matters relating to Africa and possesses wide-ranging experiences in that regard. Through the longstanding partnerships our Africa team has built in Africa with the public and private sectors, and in light of our extensive track record of complex transactions and a sustained commitment to the region, our Africa Practice is a key element of our global platform and an invaluable asset to our clients. With our diverse experiences across the continent, we can help identify and evaluate opportunities in the unique and dynamic business environments of Africa. Whether it be infrastructure projects, inward investments, joint ventures, or financing needs, our attorneys have the experience to best represent our clients - in virtually any jurisdiction or sector on the continent.

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Greenberg Traurig, LLP is an international, multi-practice law firm with approximately 1750 attorneys serving clients from 36 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Greenberg Traurig is among the Top 10 law firms on The National Law Journal's 2013 NLJ 350, an annual ranking of the largest firms in the U.S. For additional information, please visit

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