Projects and infrastructure in South Africa

Bowmans

Bowmans has an outstanding senior bench of project finance specialists, most notably Daryn WebbAnton Barnes-Webb and Shamilah Grimwood-Norley. The group is widely commended for its stability and its market share of big-ticket engagements. The team has a fine record with public and private sector bodies and is gaining a presence in Africa-wide projects. Patrick Hirsch is also gaining further market recognition.

Testimonials

Sharp analysis, expert industry knowledge, very responsive to requests, and considerate of project resource constraints.

Very good communication, timely and friendly.’

Key clients

FirstRand Bank

The Development Bank of South

Africa

Old Mutual Life Assurance Company South Africa

African Rainbow Energy

The Standard Bank of South Africa

Manannan Hydro

Work highlights

  • Advised the concessionaire and the equity sponsors on the upgrade and modernisation of the existing physical and ICT infrastructure of the Beitbridge border post, Zimbabwe.
  • Acted for Manannan Hydro on the development of a 1,500MW (phase 1)  and 2,400MW (phase 2) Mphanda Nkuwa Hydropower Scheme and Cesul Transmission Line Projects in Mozambique.
  • Advised Petredec on the construction and development of a new LPG terminal at Richards Bay.

ENSafrica

ENSafrica is a major player in South Africa renewable energy projects, along with greenfield mining, gas-to-power, captive power and infrastructure projects. The strong team is also active in sub-Saharan Africa, thanks in part to the firm's increasing geographic presence across the continent. Eric le Grange is a recognised leader in the field, who frequently works alongside project development and front-end construction specialist Loren Tibshraeny. John Ferraz and Sasha Singh are also key team members.

Practice head(s):

Eric le Grange

Testimonials

A large project finance legal team with all of the required skills, expertise and track record to address large and complex power and infrastructure projects.

The team has a deep knowledge of the energy market and notably of the solar industry and are highly skilled to guide the client in a complex market and legal system.

They are very friendly, approachable and responsive to client requests.

Sasha Singh is an outstanding lawyer and the right guy to bring a project across the finish line. He has a great pragmatic attitude and is a partner both to in-house legal and to the business itself.

Key clients

Anglo American

Harmony Gold

Uganda National Oil Company

Eskom Holdings

Mainstream Renewable Power

African Rainbow Energy & Power

Enel Green Power

Work highlights

  • Advised Anglo American and subsidiary FuelCo on the coal and water supply agreements for the Khanyisa Power Plant.
  • Advised Harmony Gold on the development of 3 x 10MW solar photovoltaic captive power plants.
  • Acted for the Uganda National Oil Company and the government of Uganda on the development of the Uganda–Tanzania Crude Oil Pipeline.

Fasken

Fasken has an oustanding record in project finance, particularly in South Africa's renewable energy programme, including portfolio financings. Ashen JugooLara Bezuidenhoudt and Blaize Vance comprise an outstanding senior team.

Practice head(s):

Ashen Jugoo

Key clients

Investec Bank

Nedbank

Absa Bank

AngloGold Ashanti

Mainstream Renewable Power

ACWA Power

Work highlights

  • Advised Nedbank and Absa Bank on the portfolio financing to fund five renewable energy projects in South Africa.
  • Assisted the lenders with the financing, construction, operation and maintenance of two solar PV projects to be undertaken by BioTherm Energy.
  • Advised Investec Bank on the design, development, procurement, financing, construction, testing, commissioning, operation and maintenance of 11 photovoltaic facilities undertaken by Mulilo Energy in South Africa for Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa.

Herbert Smith Freehills South Africa LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills South Africa LLP is at the forefront of pioneering infrastructure projects in South Africa and southern Africa, including in Zimbabwe, Malawi and Bostwana. It has maintained strong connections to key South African banks, along with a series of infrastructure funds and investors. In Brigette Baillie, it has arguably the jurisdiction's premier projects specialist. Through a combination of South African, English and French law expertise, the Johannesburg office has successfully leveraged the global firm's standing in oil and gas. Biddy Faber provides further senior level project financing expertise. Bertrand Montembault is key for Francophone projects.

Practice head(s):

Brigette Baillie

Key clients

Rand Merchant Bank

The Standard Bank of South Africa

Futuregrowth Asset Management

STANLIB Asset Management

Thebe Investment

Building Energy South Africa

Absa Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised Rand Merchant Bank and Standard Bank on the financing of an office accommodation project for the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform.
  • Acted for Rand Merchant Bank on the planning, design, financing, construction and operations of a new liquid bulk handling and storage facility at the Port of Ngqur.
  • Assisted the government of Malawi with the development and financing through a PPP model of the proposed 450MW Mpatamanga Hydropower Project funded by International Finance Corporation.

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc continues to make an impression in project finance in South Africa's renewable energy sector. Jackie Midlane is a recognised market leader in this segment. Oil and gas, gas-to-power and mining projects are also a strong feature of the practice. Head of Africa Greg Nott and Cape Town oil and gas specialist Lizel Oberholzer are also key team members.

Practice head(s):

Jackie Midlane

Key clients

Enel Green Power

Akuo Kita Solar

Renergen

Total E&P South Africa

The Standard Bank of South Africa

Work highlights

  • Advised Enel Green Power on the development, finance, construction, operation and maintenance of five wind projects awarded preferred bidder status under round four of South Africa’s renewable energy programme.
  • Assisted the lenders with the financing of a 50MW solar PV plant in Sikasso, Mali, the largest solar power plant yet to be built in West Africa.
  • Advised Sappi Southern Africa on the financing, construction and operations of a 25MW biomass power plant.

Webber Wentzel

Webber Wentzel has an established presence in South Africa and Africa-wide projects, this position being further reinforced by the return of Jason van der Poel to the firm from Allen & Overy (South Africa) LLP. The team has gained further traction in small-scale embedded generation projects. Alexandra Cluver leads the team, which also includes Alessandra Pardini, who is commended for EPC and O&M documentation expertise, and Alexandra Felekis.

Practice head(s):

Alexandra Cluver

Testimonials

Webber’s projects practice is top in South Africa. It is responsive, insightful and with a countrywide knowledge set that is second to none.

One of the top project finance teams located on the African continent. It is strong in power and infrastructure.

The team has very strong project finance experience, including on the finance documents side as well as on the EPC and O&M side. The team is very well experienced and understands the complexities and nuances of project finance and this instills confidence.

Alexandra Cluver is a top finance partner working in project finance on the African continent. She is young but comes out on top with excellent commercial judgement.

Alessandra Pardini and her team bring a commercial thinking to project documentation and are able to find unique and workable solutions to legal agreements without losing legal substance.’

Alessandra Pardini is accessible and able to openly raise concerns on project documentation very early in a project. She brings a commercial approach and seeks the fine line between ensuring her client is well protected, but also enabling the project to reach financial close.

Key clients

Sasol

ExxonMobil

Chevron

Black Rhino Group

Globeleq Advisors

Work highlights

  • Advised the lenders on the design, development, engineering, procurement, construction and financing of the 100MW Acwa Power Solarreserve Redstone concentrated solar power tower facility project in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa.
  • Assisted Oiltanking Grindrod Calulo with the development of a bulk liquid storage and handling facility in the Port Of Ngqura, Eastern Cape.
  • Acted for Mulilo Energy Partners on the EPC agreements for 11 rooftop solar projects being financed as a portfolio of developments for Coca-Cola.

Baker McKenzie Johannesburg

Baker McKenzie Johannesburg has gained a considerable share of major South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa projects. It remains a key name for renewable energy, mining and LNG projects. Kieran Whyte is a leading figure, while Jen Stolp and Wildu du Plessis provide further senior-level project finance expertise.

Practice head(s):

Kieran Whyte

Key clients

Absa Bank

Rand Merchant Bank

Nedbank

Standard Bank

Investec

Work highlights

  • Advised Absa Bank and Nedbank on the project financing of the 25MW Ngodwana biomass facility in the Mpumalanga Province, the first biomass project in South Africa, .
  • Assisted Rand Merchant Bank with the project financing of the 16.5MW biomass facility in Kwazulu Natal Province.
  • Acted for Nedbank on the 75MW Zeerust solar photovoltaic project, which has been awarded preferred bidder status.

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr has a strong presence in energy and infrastructure projects in South Africa and further afield in southern Africa and East Africa. Jay Govender leads the team, which also includes Emma Dempster and oil and gas specialist Megan Rodgers.

Practice head(s):

Jay Govender

Testimonials

Discharge of advisory services with highest degree of integrity and objectivity.’

The group works together as one integrated unit/team and has complementary skills.’

Good in-depth knowledge of the energy sector, and able to provide constructive solutions to certain challenges.

Jay Govender will not bend on moral and ethical advisory standards. She will effectively have the client’s back.

Emma Dempster has a very strong understanding of the energy and infrastructure sector and provides valued input into the structuring of power projects.

Megan Rodgers has over the years, proven time and again to be the best asset on all my oil & gas transactions. Her knowledge and ability to dissect transactions and transform these into sound legal agreements is second to none.

Key clients

Eskom

BioTherm Energy

Ethiopia Electric Power

Kenya Urban Road Authority

Middle Lusutfu Hydropower

Old Mutual Investments

Southern African Power Pool

Work highlights

  • Advised Eskom on South Africa’s Renewable Energy IPP procurement programme.
  • Assisted Southern African Power Pool on the Anna Transmission Interconnector project, which is expected to link the Namibian and Angolan electricity networks in the north western part of Namibia and the southern part of Angola.
  • Acted for the Ethiopian government on a global competitive procurement conducted for the 100MW Metehara solar photovoltaic project.

Werksmans Attorneys

Werksmans Attorneys has a diverse projects practice, covering secondary market trading, refinancing, toll road projects and captive solar projects. It acts for a range of government-linked entities, private developers and construction companies. Chris Moraitis is outstanding, David Walker is noted for energy work, Deon Griessel for infrastructure projects and Astrid Berman for project finance. Jonathan Behr is another key projects specialist.

Practice head(s):

Chris Moraitis

Key clients

South African National Roads Agency

WBHO Construction

Gautrain Management Agency

Raubex

BAIC

Vestas

Work highlights

  • Advised South African National Roads Agency on the Gauteng freeway improvement project.
  • Assisted Gautrain Management Agency with the Gautrain rapid rail link project, including financing and insurance issues.
  • Acted for SolarReserve on the 100MW Redstone concentrated solar power plant under the Department of Energy’s REIPPP programme.

Asianajotoimisto White & Case Oy

White & Case LLP's Johannesburg team works closely with other offices around the global firm's network, including London and Dubai. The Johannesburg group has proved pivotal in gaining additional market share for the firm around Africa, including major and more mid-market projects. The team is developing its standing among DFIs, in particular, and has made an especially strong impression in West, East and Southern Africa. Gareth Hodder is a recognised oil and gas specialist, while Craig Whitley and Joz Coetzer are rated for project finance in South Africa.

Practice head(s):

Gareth Hodder

Testimonials

The projects and infrastructure team are very pro-active and adaptable in their approach to clients and their legal matters. The team has access to an international team of project finance experts.

Craig Whitley has been a standout contributor to the projects and infrastructure team. He has good relationships with the investment banks in the South African market.’

Key clients

FirstRand Bank

International Finance Corporation

Nedbank

Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation

The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria

The Standard Bank of South Africa

African Development Bank

Work highlights

  • Worked alongside London colleagues to advise IFC and a syndicate of around 20 development financial institutions and commercial lenders on the financing of the $1bn expansion of a world-scale urea fertiliser production facility in Nigeria.
  • Acted for Absa Bank on the development, design, financing, supply, construction, erection, commissioning, testing, operation and maintenance for Mainstream Renewable Power’s 140MWp Kangnas Wind Power Project in the Northern Cape and the 110MWp Perdekraal East onshore wind power generation facilities in the Western Cape.
  • Acted for the sponsor consortium on the development of an LNG regasification terminal in Ghana.

Allen & Overy (South Africa) LLP

Allen & Overy (South Africa) LLP is most active in the power sector with the Johannesburg team frequently working alongside colleagues in London, Dubai, Tokyo and other offices. The team is focused on South Africa, as well as a range of African jurisdictions. Director Allen Leuta now leads the team. Director Sibusiso Zungu has moved to the London office on secondment. Jason van der Poel rejoined Webber Wentzel.

Practice head(s):

Allen Leuta

Key clients

Enel Green Power

Harith Fund Managers

Clinix Health Group

Guma Building Energy

Turner & Townsend

Work highlights

  • Advised the lenders on the financing of a strategic fuel storage facility constructed by the Namibian Ministry of Mines and Energy.
  • Assisted Clinix Health Group with the development of a private hospital in Soweto.
  • Advised the lenders on the financing of a 306MW coal-fired power plant in Mpumalanga, South Africa.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP's firm-wide focus on Africa is paying dividends for the Johannesburg office, which has made a particular impression in East Africa projects, particularly in transport infrastructure, and is building its standing in South Africa and other African regions. It is widely noted for its procurement, PPP and regulatory expertise and the backing of its premier front-end construction practice led by Rob Morson. Claire Barclay has an excellent record in economic and transportation infrastructure. Apicksha Patel is English law qualified and is building her name in project financings across Africa.

Practice head(s):

Claire Barclay

Key clients

J-Maynard (South Africa) Limited No In excess of 10 years No

Rebel Group

Aveng-Grinaker

Liesel Lombaard

Group Five

WBHO

Stanlib

Work highlights

  • Advised Lamu Road Consortium on the 500km-long Lamu-Garissa-Isiolo Road project in Kenya.
  • Acted for TSIP Consortium on the development of an inland dry port and logistics hub at Tambo Springs near Johannesburg to service the Natal Corridor.
  • Assisted the Tanzania National Roads Authority with the design, build, finance, operation and maintenance of a toll road from Dar-es-Salaam to Chalinze under a PPP model.