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Yves Baratte

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Simmons & Simmons

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Projects/Energy & Infrastructure / Africa

Position

Yves is a partner in the Paris office energy and infrastructure group. He advises international corporate clients and lenders on complex power, water, mining, gas and infrastructure projects internationally, with a particular focus on France and North and Sub-Saharan Africa. His experience is focused on project development and joint-ventures, and includes M&A, financing, complex contractual structuring and international litigation and arbitration. Yves’ recent work includes advising a major mining company on mining projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mauritania and Mali from project development to international arbitration; advising the sponsor of a major bauxite mine/alumina refinery project in Guinea; advising Shell on the sale of two refineries in France; advising Shell on complex contract and corporate restructuring; advising the international sponsor of the first Algerian independent water and power project; advising on the acquisition of the Jorf Lasfar coal-fired power plant in Morocco (Morocco’s biggest power plant and IPP) and the Takoradi fuel-fired power plant in Ghana (Ghana’s biggest power plant); and advising a major wind turbine manufacturer on the development of wind farm projects in France.

Career

Yves joined Simmons & Simmons in September 2001 and is a French qualified lawyer. He became partner in 2010. Yves was seconded to Simmons & Simmons’ London office in 2002-2003.

Languages

French, English.

Education

Yves graduated from the Paris Business School (ESCP-EAP) in 2000 and is also a post-graduate in private law from the university Paris X.


France

Project finance

Within: Leading individuals

Yves Baratte - Simmons & Simmons LLP (mining, oil and gas)

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France: Industry focus

Energy

Within: Energy

Simmons & Simmons LLP provides ‘high quality work and responsiveness’. The team has strong know-how in Africa, often assisting sponsors while also handling work for financial institutions in Morocco. Frequently working alongside the London and Beijing offices, the Paris practice is advising on some of Africa's largest mining and renewables and power projects and notably assisted Resource Capital Funds and Africa Finance with an investment into Alufer Mining in Guinea, one of the largest recent mining investments in the region, and China Three Gorges International Corporation with the 4,500MW Inga 3 hydro power project in the Democratic Republic of Congo. EDF, First Quantum Minerals, NordGold and Shell are clients. ‘Dedicated, always available and reliable’ practice head Yves Baratte ‘always keeps his clients in mind’ interests’ and Simonetta Giordano, who recently joined from Clifford Chance, adds corporate expertise.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Mining and minerals

Within: Mining and minerals

Clients describe the 'utterly reliable' mining offering at Simmons & Simmons as 'extraordinarily well suited to handle the most complex and difficult assignments' especially for 'Francophone countries where they are simply the best'. Orion and Fusion Capital instructed the group to handle the sale of Lynx Resources - the owner of the Sasa zinc, lead and silver mine in Macedonia - to Central Asia Metals, and the client-recommended Yves Baratte teamed up with Iain Duncan , Adam Cooper and Andrew Petry to oversee a major equity and debt investment into a major bulk commodity mining project on behalf of two private equity funds. The arrival of Stuart Dutson from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP significantly bolstered the firm's international arbitration capacities namely for cases pertaining to Africa, China and the Middle East; he is currently acting for the government of Indonesia in a bilateral treaty arbitration brought by Indian Metals & Ferro Alloys in the context of an investment in a coal mine in Kalimantan.

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Morocco

Foreign firms

Within: Foreign firms

At Simmons & Simmons LLP in Paris, Yves Baratte leads the francophone Africa desk and North Africa sub-desk. Energy and infrastructure are the main focuses of the team, which advised KfW on its investment in the large-scale Noor IV solar project, and acted for KfW, European Investment Bank and the Agence Française de Développement on the Noor Midelt solar project.

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