International expansion brings Spotify to Africa


Hogan Lovells represented Spotify as it expanded to 80 new countries, many of them in Africa.

Hogan Lovells represented Spotify as it expanded to 80 new countries, many of them in Africa.

Spotify has been launched in more than 80 new countries, including dozens of nations across Africa.

The launch also includes countries in Asia, the Caribbean, Europe and Latin America.

The streaming giant said it would “work with local creators and partners to expand our music offering and deliver a Spotify experience that meets the unique needs of each market.”

He continued, “The rich musical cultures existing in each of these markets will now be able to reach Spotify’s global audience. All this untapped musical energy and access to our innovative creative tools will help artists reach new heights and allow them to turn their passion into a profession.

“In addition, offering our artists a global platform goes hand in hand with offering an unparalleled catalog for our listeners. As we enter new markets, we will accelerate the discovery of more genres like K-Pop, Reggaeton and Amapiano that have earned a place in the global music arena.

The company was assisted in its expansion in Africa by an international law firm Hogan Lovells, who advised on risk analysis, privacy, e-commerce, content and copyright matters arising from the expansion.

The law firm team was led by international arbitration partners Nathan Searle and Thomas kendra in London and Paris, respectively, with senior Associate Aissatou Sylla within the practice in Paris in intellectual property, media and telecommunications and associates in arbitration Lucas Aubry and Sylvie Simbi Rugabira in Paris, and Ademola bamgbose in London.

The new African markets are: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Chad, Comoros, Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eswatini, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Earlier this year, Youtube committed $ 100 million to its Black Voices Fund, with creators in Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria among the beneficiaries. The Google– the technology brand owned was advised under the deal by a Nigerian law firm Templars.

Hogan Lovells started a sovereign debt practice earlier this year. The firm also advised the Norwegian development finance institution Norfund on an investment in the energy sector in Kenya.

International expansion brings Spotify to Africa

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