New Perimeter, DLA Piper's nonprofit affiliate that provides long-term pro bono legal assistance in under-served regions around the world, recently conducted a five-day training on negotiating international agreements in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
DLA Piper partnered with the East African Development Bank (EADB) to deliver the training from August 6-10 for approximately 40 mid-level government lawyers from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda who are involved in negotiating contracts related to natural resources on behalf of their governments. This marks the fifth year New Perimeter has collaborated with EADB to train East African public sector lawyers.
"We were honored to have the opportunity to return to East Africa, continue our collaboration with EADB and work with another talented and enthusiastic group of lawyers," said Sara Andrews, DLA Piper's senior international pro bono counsel who managed the project. "The interactive nature of the course helps us provide practical guidance on the intricacies of negotiating complex international agreements, and the opportunity to engage with the lawyers on the challenges they face in their roles was invaluable."
The interactive program focused on negotiating complex and inter-related agreements typically encountered in transactions between African countries and multi-national corporations related to natural resources. The course explored substantive issues involved in joint venture agreements, supply agreements and technology license agreements, as well as issues related to the political, social and economic context in which the agreements are negotiated, and the business and financial aspects of such agreements.
Using an experiential learning model, the training included active involvement from all participants. It was conducted with a combination of interactive lectures and simulated negotiations.
The DLA Piper team that participated in the training included partners Jay Finkelstein (Northern Virginia) and Alexander Fraser (New York); senior counsel Bruce Jenett (Silicon Valley); of counsel Kevin McGrory (London); associates Laurent Asquin (Paris), Milena Falciano (Leeds) and Winston Gu (Chicago); and law clerk Michael Marelus (New York). Krantz fellow Nicole Daya served as the in-country coordinator.