- Significant Matters
Our energy specialists offer an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the Sub-Saharan Africa environment, having been involved in several of Africa’s ground-breaking energy projects. Our presence ‘on-the-ground’ and familiarity with the risks of investing in the sector is a key differentiator as is our experience with complex domestic and cross-border infrastructure projects on the continent.
We have a full understanding of the different energy markets across the region and the challenges to the development of the sector including policy uncertainty, procurement and execution risks, off-take/market risks, tariff regulation, social and environmental risks, and the project risks posed by scarce transportation logistics, pipeline and grid infrastructure.
Our power experience covers a wide range of renewable energy projects including geothermal, small hydro, solar photovoltaic, concentrated solar power, biomass, on-shore wind and other technologies, as well as power generation projects using piped natural gas, coal, diesel and heavy fuel oils.
Our transactional expertise covers the full spectrum of project and finance documentation including negotiation of agreements on power purchase/ supply, fuel and feedstock supply, construction, operation and maintenance, technical support, grid connection and use, land acquisition, wheeling services, as well as equity funding, shareholder and sponsor support and subordination, standby facilities, senior debt facilities, mezzanine funding, CPI debt, preference share financing, senior debt security, contractor security, lender direct agreements.
Within the secondary market for investments in the energy sector, our specialist energy lawyers team up with other in-house specialists (anti-trust, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, international and domestic tax) to provide our clients a comprehensive legal service.
We act for a wide range of clients including developers, sponsors, public utilities, funds, commercial banks and other financial institutions, and governments. As an independent law firm we are also able to partner with a range of international law firms where appropriate in relation to cross-border projects.
African Legal Awards, 2021
Environmental and Renewables Team of the Year
Legal 500, 2021
A very strong and solid team that has end-to-end skill-sets on the array of documentation required to develop, finance, construct and operate projects’
Client feedback includes:
‘ The exposure given to associates is excellent and the quality of work is fantastic’
‘Deep insight of the sector and quality of the partners, accessible and friendly people’
‘Good knowledge of the public side of energy projects (PPA etc) and the international financing side of the same’
‘Very up to date on developments such as on Government Letters of Support’
‘In touch with the market’
Chambers and Partners, 2022
‘a particularly sophisticated renewable energy practice, assisting with various thermal, hydroelectric, solar and wind energy projects’
‘services a range of financial clients with advice on energy project investments’
‘highly involved in … gas-to-power and renewable energy programmes’
‘highly regarded and notably involved in significant infrastructure and oil and gas projects’
‘proficiency in power purchase agreements and PPP construction’
‘Its lawyers handle all aspects of project development, ranging from infrastructure PPP tenders to IPP financing and power plant maintenance’