Three Crowns and Olaniwun Ajayi will co-host a panel on “Resolution of Africa-related investment disputes – regionalisation or internationalisation?” as part of London International Disputes Week 2024.

Africa attracts billions of dollars in regional investment each year. Where there is investment there are – inevitably – disputes. Despite involving African parties investing in Africa, most of these disputes are arbitrated outside Africa, under non-African institutions, by non-African arbitrators. While there is support for bringing these cases back to the continent, parties want assurances that African arbitration offers the same fairness, neutrality and due process as its international counterpart.

The panel will review progress and consider the pros and cons of regional vs international dispute resolution, offering suggestions for a dispute resolution process that offers the best of both worlds.

Partner Leilah Bruton will speak alongside Lise Bosman (ICCA; PCA), Oscar Johnson (CNOOC International), and Seye Opasanya (Olaniwun Ajayi LP).

The panel will take place on Thursday 6 June from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm at Cirrus Stratus at the Gherkin.

To find out more and to register, click here.


Leilah is a partner in our London office. She has extensive experience representing corporations on the resolution of complex disputes involving investment treaties and contractual relationships, with a particular focus on disputes in the oil & gas, mining, and telecoms sectors.

Leilah has been named a Who’s Who Legal: Future Leader for 2018-2023, in which peers and clients described her as “one of the most efficient practitioners” and as having “outstanding leadership skills”. Leilah has also been recognised as a Next Generation Partner for both international arbitration and public international law in The Legal 500 UK 2023, and a Rising Star in The Legal 500’s International Arbitration Powerlist 2019 for the UK.

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