The Facility provides Capacity Building to national lawyers in African countries. Recognizing that not enough African lawyers have acquired the necessary experience and exposure to advise on complex commercial transactions and vulture fund litigation, the Facility is attempting to address that need by focusing on developing legal capacity across the continent. A key pillar of the Facility is to require international law firms that provide legal services to member countries to transfer skills to their national counterparts.
By identifying and establishing a body of African lawyers and law firms that are able to defend litigation by creditors and lead negotiations for Governments on complex commercial transactions, the Facility will build sustainable legal expertise that can continue with similar work after its existence. The ALSF will rely on building partnerships with sub-regional and continental bodies that bring together lawyers to continue with coordinating similar activities.