DLA Piper trains lawyers in East Africa on international commercial contracts

DLA Piper, in partnership with East African Development Bank (EADB), has run a regional training programme in Kigali, Rwanda, for public sector lawyers and law professors to ensure East Africa’s extractive industry supports social and economic development. 

The training, which is the first in a series of workshops that will bring together lawyers from Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda, was designed to build the capacity of public sector lawyers involved in negotiating transactions and drafting agreements for extractive and other industries.

The objective is to assist countries in the region in the wake of discoveries in the extractive industry to structure transactions and related policy, thereby reducing the risk of costly or politically difficult remediation at later stages.

DLA Piper ran the workshop through its non-profit organisation New Perimeter, which was founded in 2005 to provide pro bono legal assistance primarily in developing and post-conflict countries. Through New Perimeter, DLA Piper sent eight senior corporate transactional lawyers from six countries to deliver the training.