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Kieran Whyte

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Kieran Whyte is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Banking & Finance Practice Group in Johannesburg. He has over 25 years' experience working in South Africa and Africa, with particular focus on energy and infrastructure projects. Kieran represents project sponsors, developers, contractors and lenders in complex greenfield and brownfield developments, advising on citing, permitting and regulatory concerns. He has advised on numerous first-in-kind projects associated with the South African government's Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme. He is experienced in all aspects of project development and is recognised in his field by various legal directories.
Kieran's energy experience includes power generation, oil and gas, with a particular focus on renewable energy and clean technology, coal baseload and gas, in South Africa and Southern Africa. In the infrastructure sector, he has experience in road, rail and social infrastructure transactions. Kieran is seasoned in matters concerning PPP and concession agreements, project strategy and structuring EPC contracts including standard and bespoke forms of contracts, operation and maintenance contracts, fuel purchase and sale agreements and related matters. He is also experienced in advising clients from various sectors across the full spectrum of the project value chain.


Kieran joined Baker McKenzie as a partner in 2014. Prior to joining the Firm he was a partner and National Practice Head of the Projects and Energy practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr for 9 years. Prior to joining Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, Kieran headed up the Projects and Infrastructure practice at ENSafrica for 18 years.


English and Afrikaans


Law Society of Northern Provinces (South Africa)


University of the Witwatersrand (Bachelor of Arts) (1983) - University of the Witwatersrand (Bachelor of Laws) (1986) - University of the Witwatersrand (Higher Diploma in Company Law) (1994) - University of South Africa (Management Development Programme SBL) (1990) - Admitted as an attorney in South Africa (1987).


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Baker McKenzie Johannesburg’s dedicated projects team has expanded its focus into the broader sub-Saharan region, most notably by leveraging its experience in renewable energy. Infrastructure, conventional power and transportation are also pivotal areas for the practice. Namibia, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Ethiopia are key jurisdictions for the practice, which is noted for its connections to banks, DFIs and export credit agencies (ECAs). It recently advised Rand Merchant Bank on the project financing of the 16.5MW biomass facility in Kwazulu Natal Province. Kieran Whyte is a senior name and backed by Jennifer Stolp and finance leader Wildu Du Plessis. Karel Potgieter has joined Norton Rose Fulbright in Sydney.

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