Africa Practice

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Seward Tran LLP is dedicated to facilitating business between small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) in the United States and in Africa.  In addition, we position ourselves to work with the finance vehicles interested in emerging markets such as Banks, Economic Development Organizations, and Private Equity Firms. Doing business in Africa is relationship based, and proper legal representation can make a big difference in these relationships. The Seward Tran LLP has excellent relationships with attorneys on the ground in many of Africa’s fastest growing markets. Seward Tran LLP leverages its own knowledge base with our contacts on the African continent to deliver the top notch expertise SMEs deserve and require to be successful.

Foreign Direct Investment

Seward Tra LLP can help both African businesses and individuals physically enter the U.S. market and diversify their investments in the United States. For businesses, we can help you set up the correct structure and find the right partners and take advantage of L-1 visas.  For individuals, we can facilitate the immigration process for the EB-5 foreign direct investment visa. Seward Tran can also represent African businesses in the United States for transactional purposes.

International Trade

Seward Tran PLLP  advises on a transactional basis from start to finish in Africa. We can help your business determine the proper structure for your transaction taking into account risk factors specific to your industry and the location you are doing business. Relationships with attorneys on the ground assist with everything from regulatory compliance to collections if necessary.  Our partners on the ground can provide analysis and in-country legal opinions on taxation, foreign collateral, regulatory requirements, and other important legal matters.

Partnerships and Strategy

Many African governments are implementing regulations that encourage businesses to work with or through African partners. The specific rules and implications of doing joint ventures/partnerships can make or break a new business.

Government/NGO Relations

Fortunately and unfortunately,  governments and non-government organizations (NGOs) are heavily involved and often necessary to conduct business in Africa. On the facilitation side,  NGOs such as the World Bank, African Development Bank, and International Monetary Fund are often the sole organizations willing and able to provide financing and risk mitigation solutions in certain emerging markets. While helpful, NGOs can be difficult to navigate in structure and very specific in their application and underwriting processes. Seward Tran LLP is able to assist your company in applying for opportunities, reviewing document language/structure, and providing legal expertise required to get these organizations comfortable with your transaction.

Government interference can also be helpful or preventative to doing business in Africa. There is legislation such as the African Growth and Opportunity Act that serves to promote trade. The Seward Law Firm is able to help businesses on both continents evaluate how to best make use of this legislation and the compliance work necessary to take advantage. There are also plenty of sanctions and political pressures that can cause red tape which prevents deals from closing in emerging markets. We are able to help you evaluate your compliance with regulators such as U.S. Customs & Border Protection, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and others to see if there are potential violations and exceptions related to your transactions.

Services and Areas of Expertise include:

  • Investments

  • Transactions

  • Regulatory Analysis

  • Strategy

  • Partnerships

  • Dispute Resolution

  • Taxation Opinions

  • Export-related Opinions

  • ITAR compliance

  • OFAC License

  • Foreign Collateral