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Paul Biggs

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Trinity International LLP

Position

SENIOR PARTNER: Acting on a number of major award winning infrastructure projects including for African Development Bank / Standard Bank / Nedbank/ EIB on the 300MW Turkana Wind IPP in Kenya; acting for the sponsors of the only two power plants to reach financial close to date in Ghana being (i) Africa Finance Corporation / Infraco / Cenpower Holdings/ Sumitomo on the $900m 350MW Kpone IPP in Ghana and (ii) acting for Amandi Group and other sponsors of the 200MW IPP in Ghana; acting for the sponsors (Berkeley Energy and Reykjavik Geothermal) of the $2 billion Corbetti geothermal IPP in Ethiopia; acting for KFW in the implementation of an initiative to develop more renewable power projects in Uganda and Zambia; acting on seven other ongoing IPPs in Ghana and a number of other projects in the region; acting for the Government of Seychelles in an innovative “floating solar” IPP; and acting for Lekela (the renewable JV established between Mainstream and Actis) on a major 225MW wind IPP in Ghana. Paul has led the legal efforts in many “first” power projects in jurisdictions across sub-Saharan Africa including now in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana, Ethiopia and Seychelles and continues to develop the IPP market across the region.

Career

1990–1993 (3i plc): trainee; assistant solicitor; 1993–1997 (Commonwealth Development Corporation): legal advisor; 1997–1998 (Mayer Brown & Platt): associate; 1998–2002 (Cameron McKenna): partner; 2002–2006 (Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP): partner and head of project finance; 2006–present (Trinity International LLP): senior partner. Current directorships include: Gasol plc.

Languages

English.

Education

Manchester University (1987 LLB (Hons)); Chester Law College (1988 Law Finals).


London: Finance

Emerging markets

Within: Leading individuals

Paul Biggs - Trinity International LLP

Within: Emerging markets

Trinity International LLP 'provides high-quality advice and quick response times'. 'It is among the top firms for work in Africa; it has genuine people with a lot of experience', remarks one client. Another comments that 'the firm is unique - its fee structure enables developers to develop projects in risky jurisdictions and the lawyers bring immense knowledge to the table'. The firm focuses exclusively on corporate and finance transactions in emerging markets, which last year included advising Africa Finance Corporation and other lenders on a $350m peat-fired IPP power plant in Africa, and acting for CDC Group in a $9m facility for Virunga Energy to provide hydro-electric power to homes in Eastern Congo. The firm has a deep bench of 'excellent specialists' including leading light Simon Norris and project finance expert Patrick Leece. For projects in Africa, Paul Biggs is 'certainly at the top of the market' and one client remarks that he is 'exceptionally knowledgeable about the power sector in Africa with a very pragmatic and commercial approach'. Kaushik Ray is 'a financing expert with a real wealth of experience dealing with lenders; his understanding of their needs is invaluable'. Jennifer Gladstone is 'a phenomenal lawyer and great project manager - smart, hardworking, prompt and always willing to go beyond the call of duty'. Project finance specialist Fiona Gulliford has 'good knowledge of EPC contracts and the nuclear field'. Conrad Marais is 'an excellent lawyer - his work ethic is unparalleled and he is a very creative problem solver'.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)

Within: Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)

According to one client, 'it is very difficult to find another firm with such depth of knowledge when it comes to energy projects and financing in Anglophone Africa' as Trinity International LLP . The boutique offering is spearheaded by Paul Biggs who 'is exceptionally knowledgeable on the African power sector' and recently acted for sovereign fund Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund in its proposed investment in a new docking facility with the help of client-recommended senior associate Jo Sykes . In other highlights, a team including 'phenomenal lawyer and great project manager' Fiona Gulliford and led by 'financing expert' Kaushik Ray is currently representing the sponsors of the development, construction and operation of a new multi-commodity, deep-sea dry and liquid bulk port in West Africa, and Simon Norris advised a group of lenders on the financing of the acquisition of locomotives for a rail line in sub-Saharan Africa. Other names to note include the 'extremely hardworking' corporate specialist Conrad Marais and Hugh Naylor .

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Power (including electricity and renewables)

Within: Power (including electricity and renewables)

Trinity International LLP specialises in energy transactions in emerging markets under the leadership of Paul Biggs who has substantial experience in the sub-Saharan sector. A team including Biggs, Kaushik Ray and senior associate Jo Sykes - among others - recently acted for the project company of the Amandi IPP in Ghana, and Simon Norris acted as lead counsel to the project company with regards to the development and financing of the Azura gas-to-power IPP in Nigeria. On the solar front, Fiona Gulliford teamed up with counsel Luke Muchamore and others to oversee the development and financing of the Bangweulu project in Zambia, and Jennifer Gladstone and Conrad Marais assisted the project company of the Corbetti geothermal project in Ethiopia with all issues arising from the development of the project since its inception.

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