ABOUT HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) is a leading global law firm with over 2,990 lawyers, including 482 partners, in 26 offices worldwide.
HSF’s Fair Deal Sierra Leone initiative was established in 2010 to deliver free, expert legal advice to the Government of Sierra Leone to support the management of growing volumes of foreign direct investment. Over 90 lawyers across our firm have provided more than £1.5 million worth of assistance to the GoSL to date. The Fair Deal programme has grown to offer policy and legislative advice, training programmes, document drafting, contract review, deal negotiation support, and assistance on disputes. Support is provided at all levels, across all disciplines, and from offices across our global network. A number of our associates have spent time on secondment to the Attorney General’s Office and the PPP Unit of the President’s Office in Freetown. HSF has continued to provide pro bono legal advice to the GoSL throughout the Ebola crisis, including on the commercial implications of the outbreak.
In addition to its pro bono work with the Government, HSF has advised in relation to a number of significant investments into the country in recent years, witnessing at first hand the gradually increasing levels of foreign investment as the Agendas for Change and Prosperity have been rolled out.
We look forward to continuing to build on the Fair Deal initiative and our support for Sierra Leone as the country returns to economic growth.
ABOUT STANDARD CHARTERED
We are a leading international banking group, with a 150-year history in some of the world’s most dynamic markets. We bank the people and companies driving investment, trade and the creation of wealth across Asia, Africa and the Middle East, where we earn around 90 per cent of our income and profits. We have operated in Sierra Leone since 1894 and today, are the only commercial international financial institution in the country.
We have played a significant role in the response to the Ebola crisis since it broke out in 2014. This has included:
- Bolstering our health and hygiene initiatives to protect our 150 staff, their families and our customers.
- Setting up accounts for NGOs and development organisations in Sierra Leone and continuing to work with others.
- Showing our commitment to support local businesses through the crisis by partnering with CDC Group plc, the UK’s development finance institution, to provide working capital lending facilities of up to US$50 million in Sierra Leone.
- Global staff fund-raising drive with match funding donated to Save the Children and Medecins Sans Frontieres.
- Supporting the #AfricaAgainstEbola campaign in partnership with the African Union.
- Commissioning a public radio soap (“Ous kyne tin dis?”, What kind of thing is this?) to reinforce the Sierra Leone government’s key messages on Ebola.
Our response to Ebola has enabled us to put into action our brand promise, Here for good.
ABOUT PRUDENTIAL PLC
In September 2014 Prudential made significant donations to the two leading NGOs fighting Ebola on the ground, Medecins Sans Frontieres and Save the Children. We have a long-standing commitment to disaster relief, recovery, and resilience in developing countries across Asia, and with a newly expanding life insurance business in sub-Saharan Africa, and as a global financial services group with £500 billion of assets under management, we are determined to play our part in helping West Africa to rebuild and recover after the crisis.
Prudential Africa’s footprint is growing across the continent and in each case we work closely in partnership with governments and NGOs on the ground, as we have been doing as part of the UK City Taskforce on Ebola. Prudential is pleased to support this guide, which aims to restore investor confidence in the region and showcase its potential for long term investment.
Prudential plc is not affiliated in any manner with Prudential Financial, Inc, a company whose principal place of business is in the United States of America.