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Invest Sierra Leone

Invest Sierra Leone 2016 Special CONTINUED focusing on capacity building to achieve sustainable change. We are now taking a central part in the debate with the international development community as to how lawyers can use their expertise to assist developing countries in this way. “The project also offers Herbert Smith Freehills’ team the chance to fulfil their international pro bono ambitions, to support their personal development beyond their usual working environments, and to gain unique experience of working on African matters. This is one of our global firm’s most significant and prestigious pro bono projects, fully aligned with our CSR programme, with many of our clients’ focus on Africa as a key growth market, and with our commitment to continuous innovation in our pro bono programme. Most of all, we are all enjoying this project enormously and are excited about the many ideas we have to build it further.” Herbert Smith Freehills: • Recognised as one of the world’s leading law f irms • A full service law f irm, expert in transactional, dispute and f inance work • Global experience across all key sectors including agribusiness, energy, government and public sector, infrastructure, international trade, PPP, project f inance, mining and transport work • A leading Africa practice • Award winning global pro bono projects

Herbert Smith Freehills in numbers • 25 off ices across Asia- Pacif ic, EMEA and North America • More than 3,000 lawyers worldwide • 470 partners • Eighth largest law f irm in the world by lawyers • Ranked f irst across the legal professional directories across a full range of practice areas Ernest Bai Koroma, President of Sierra Leone, The Times CEO Summit Africa, March 2012: [O]ur governments need help getting the best deal. As president, it is disheartening to get to the negotiating table and find yourself confronted by a phalanx of lawyers and accountants on one side of the table outnumbering your own side ten to one. In Sierra Leone, we have benefited immensely from generous pro-bono support from the London law firm, Herbert Smith. Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP, UK Attorney General in a speech at Chatham House, July 2013: …there is clearly a lot of good work going on among British law firms. In terms of international pro bono work, Herbert Smith Freehills have been identified among the market leaders in London, in offering more than £1 million of billable time to the government of Sierra Leone, in what must be one of the most laudable examples of international pro bono work in the City today. FT Insight 13 Tony Blair, Founder of the Africa Governance Initiative, August 2012: I was delighted that Herbert Smith established this programme with GoSL. I know that their support is proving to be a powerful tool in helping GoSL deliver the kind of sustainable, broad-based economic growth that will lift people out of poverty. Invest Sierra Leone, Sierra Leone’s only annual investment forum, is a collaboration between Herbert Smith Freehills, Freetown Insight and the Sierra Leone Investment and Export Promotion Agency (SLIEPA). www.ftinsight.net

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