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Africa Group

Our premium Africa practice has been built over 30 years and is serviced by partners from across our global network of offices, including Johannesburg.

With experience advising in all of Africa's 54 jurisdictions and across all key industry sectors, we have a thorough understanding of the continent's local and regional legal systems, business practices, local cultures and socio-political considerations, and of the issues and realities of doing business in Africa.

The combination of our full-service multi-industry expertise, deep Africa experience and know-how ensures we can provide a real value added service to our clients in Africa, for both new entrants to these exciting markets or established operators alike.

We are ranked in tier one by Chambers Global for Africa-wide Projects & Energy, Mining & Minerals, Dispute Resolution, TMT and Corporate & Commercial: OHADA Specialists. Six of our partners are also singled out by Chambers Global 2018 as leading individuals for Africa-wide Projects & Energy—more than any other firm in this category.

Accolades

Chambers Global 2018

Africa-wide Corporate/M&A

Broad geographic scope of M&A activity across the continent with particular recognition in francophone countries and on OHADA law mandates. Impressive roster of clients from the continent, Europe and Asia.  One source attesting to the value of the team added: "It was a difficult transaction in many ways; it was complicated with a very tight deadline. They worked to get the best result in negotiations and we couldn't live without them."

Legal 500 EMEA 2018

Finally, it is ‘the best law firm regarding mining work in Africa’ thanks to its ‘great knowledge and experience that are major assets when dealing with complicated situations’.

Chambers Global 2018

Africa-wide Projects & Energy

Peers point to the team's experience in energy and go on to enthuse: "Herbert Smith Freehills is fantastic for mining in West Africa. It's top-notch."

Chambers Global 2018

Africa-wide Projects & Energy

Clients value its in-depth knowledge, notably in the oil sector, and say: "We've had excellent service from everyone we've worked with there, whichever the office. They have a very amiable team. Everyone has been extremely helpful."

Chambers Global 2018

Africa-wide Dispute Resolution

Hugely distinguished global firm with an imposing bench of practitioners well placed to deal with an array of contentious matters. Offers leading expertise in both francophone and anglophone Africa, with a prestigious client base including eminent government entities, leading financial institutions and multinational companies. Benefits from a burgeoning presence in South Africa through its Johannesburg office and offers significant experience across the oil and gas, construction and mining sectors.

Chambers Global 2018

Africa-wide Banking & finance

Well-regarded global firm with an impressive track record in financial transactions in the commercial and projects arenas. Widely acknowledged for its depth of expertise in the infrastructure, natural resources and energy sectors, with an emphasis on capital markets and project financing matters. Benefits from a strong international brand, with a burgeoning presence in South Africa.

Expertise in Africa

Please click on the relevant areas of the map below to view examples of our experience in all of the countries throughout Africa.

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Algeria

BP on all contentious matters in multiple jurisdictions arising from the terrorist attack at the In Amenas gas processing facility in Algeria between 16-19 January 2013

Danone on the acquisition of various assets from Laiterie Trèfle, a yoghurt manufacturer in Algeria, by its Algerian subsidiary, Danone Djurdjura Algérie

Cipla on its joint venture with Biopharm for the manufacture and distribution of pharmaceutical products in Algeria

Rover Alcisa on Phase II of the construction of a 12.6-km tramline in the city of Ouargla in South Algeria

Grupo Ortiz in an investment treaty claim against Algeria arising from the violation of certain articles of the Bilateral Investment Treaty between Spain and Algeria

Angola

BTG Pactual on a US$1.525 billion joint venture with Petrobras for the exploration and production of oil and gas in Africa, including assets in Angola

INPEX Corporation on its acquisition of a 9.99% indirect interest in Block 14, offshore Republic of Angola, from Total

a confidential client on its withdrawal from an oil and gas block in Angola

BNP Paribas, Société Générale and Santander on a USD 149 million COFACE covered buyer credit facility with a commercial tranche for the financing of an infrastructure project granted to the Public Infrastructure Department of the Ministry of Construction of the Republic of Angola

the MLAs on a multisource framework agreement for the Angolan Ministry of Finance

Benin

Danone on its acquisition, in partnership with the Abraaj Group, of Fan Milk International, a leading manufacturer and distributor of frozen dairy products and juices operating in West Africa, including Benin (Commercial Team of the Year 2014, Legal Week African Legal Awards)

BTG Pactual on a US$1.525 billion joint venture with Petrobras for the exploration and production of oil and gas in Africa, including assets in Benin

PIC Network on an integrated infrastructure project in Benin involving the financing, implementation and exploitation of a rail liaison between Benin and Niger, an international airport and a deepwater port

two separate clients on ongoing disputes arising from their activities in Benin

Corlay Global SA, a joint venture run by two oil companies, the Nigerian-based MRS Holdings Limited and Petroci Holding, the national oil company of Côte d’Ivoire, on the acquisition from Chevron of its fuel marketing businesses operated under the "Texaco" brand in various West African states, including Benin

Botswana

Southern African Power Pool Coordination Centre in relation to the Botswana-South Africa (BOSA) transmission interconnector project

Norilsk Nickel on the sale of its US$ 279 million interest in the Nkomati Joint Venture to BCL in Botswana and the resultant disputes which have emanated from the transaction

Signet Jewelers Ltd on its acquisition of a diamond polishing factory in Gaborone, Botswana from H&A Cutting Works Ltd, a subsidiary of Exelco International Limited

Burkina Faso

Bharti Airtel on its US$10.7 billion acquisition of the 15 African mobile networks of Zain Africa , including in Burkina Faso, as well as on the subsequent sale of its operations in Burkina Faso to Orange SA

Danone on its acquisition, in partnership with the Abraaj Group, of Fan Milk International, a leading manufacturer and distributor of frozen dairy products and juices operating in West Africa, including Burkina Faso (Commercial Team of the Year 2014, Legal Week African Legal Awards)

B2Gold on various matters arising from its Kiaka gold project in Burkina Faso

Macquarie Bank and RMB Resources on the project finance facility provided to Etruscan for the development, construction and operation of the Youga gold project in Burkina Faso

a client on a greenfield solar power project investment opportunity in Burkina Faso

Burundi

two separate oil and gas companies on their potential acquisitions of upstream interests in Burundi

an international oil and gas company on the negotiation of seismic data acquisition and related arrangements in Burundi 

Cameroon

EDF, International Finance Corporation and Government of Cameroon on the development of the Nachtigal Hydroelectric Project (420MW) in Cameroon

Woodside on its farm-in agreement with Glencore and Noble Energy in relation to their interests in the Tilapia production sharing contract offshore Cameroon

Perenco on various matters relating to its ongoing activities in the oil and gas sector in Cameroon

a confidential client on its potential involvement in an iron ore project in Cameroon

a leading international audit firm in civil and regulatory proceedings in Cameroon and Chad, including before the Court of Justice of the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC)

Cape Verde

Acciona Infrastructure on corporate matters in the context of construction projects in several African jurisdictions including Cape Verde 

Central African Republic

Axmin on the financing and other aspects of the Passendro gold project in Central African Republic

a confidential client in relation to the restructuring of its mining activities in Central African Republic

a confidential client on the drafting and negotiation of a convention in relation to the production and transformation of sugar cane by-products in the Central African Republic

a confidential client on a potential farm-in to oil and gas assets in Central African Republic 

Chad

Delonex Energy on its agreement with United Hydrocarbon International Corp to acquire United's wholly-owned subsidiary United Hydrocarbon Chad Ltd, which holds United’s production sharing contract in Chad

Glencore on its acquisition of a one-third participating interest in Caracal Energy's exploration and production assets in Chad as well as assistance on local law issues in connection with Glencore's subsequent circa. US$1.35 billion acquisition of Caracal

Bharti Airtel on its US$10.7 billion acquisition of Zain's mobile networks in 15 African jurisdictions, including Chad (M&A Team of the Year 2010, British Legal Awards)

a leading international audit firm in civil and regulatory proceedings in Cameroon and Chad, including before the Court of Justice of the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC)

Comoros

an international oil and gas company on contentious issues arising on a farm-in to a licence in the Comoros, in the context of ongoing arbitral proceedings between the government and a third party concerning rights to the licence area and the validity of the licence under Comoros law 

Côte d'Ivoire

Amethis Africa Finance Ltd, an investment fund dedicated to Africa, on its investment in HMAO Group (Holding Medical d'Afrique de l'Ouest), a leading group of clinics and laboratories in Côte d’Ivoire

Mitsubishi Corporation on its acquisition of a 20% ownership interest in Block CI-103 Hydrocarbon Production Sharing Contract offshore Côte d'Ivoire from Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

Newcrest on its entry into a joint venture to explore for and develop existing and new gold deposits in a defined area within Côte d'Ivoire

a confidential client on the acquisition of a coal fired power project in Côte d'Ivoire to be developed on a project finance basis

DEG and Proparco on the project financing of the development, construction and operation of a 1 mtpa clinker grinding and ready mix plant in Côte d'Ivoire, including advice in relation to complex land title arrangements and associated security

Democratic Republic of the Congo

CMOC on the acquisition of Freeport's indirect 56% interest in the world-class Tenke Fungurume copper-cobalt mine in DRC for US$2.65 billion

Taurus Funds Management, IFC and Resource Capital Funds on the US$162.5 million senior secured loan facilities provided by them to Société d'Exploitation de Kipoi, a subsidiary of Tiger Resources Limited, in connection with the expansion of the Kipoi copper project in  DRC

a confidential oil and gas client active in DRC on the legal consequences of allegations of environmental pollution brought by local communities

a confidential bidding consortium on the consortium's bid for the development of the INGA 3 hydropower project (11MgW) in DRC, which is the first stage of the wider Grand Inga project

a confidential client in arbitration proceedings instituted by Gecamines, the Congolese commodity trading and mining company, before the International Chamber of Commerce 

Djibouti

Poly-GCL Petroleum Group Holding Limited on all aspects of the development of its US$4 billion Ethiopia-Djibouti gas to LNG mega project

a confidential client on various licensing and regulatory issues in relation to the trading of hydrocarbon products in Djibouti

Agence Française de Développement on a loan to Djibouti Telecom to fund its participation in undersea cable telecommunications projects

Egypt

BP Egypt on the acquisition of 22.75% in the North Alexandria Concession and 2.75% in the West Mediterranean Deep Water Concession, Egypt, from Hamburg-based DEA Deutsche Erdoel AG

Sub-consultant to Fichtner to provide legal advice to the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company and New and Renewable Energy Authority in relation to the 250MW BOO Wind Power Project in the Gulf of Suez and the 4.3GW renewable energy FiT program in Egypt

Shapoorji Pallonji on the project financing of a 50MW solar photovoltaic power project as part of Round Two of Egypt's feed-in tariff programme

Etisalat on its US$2.89 billion acquisition of Egypt’s third mobile operator license

a consortium of over 20 cross-sector firms on a 6-year project to survey anti-corruption laws in 125 jurisdictions, including Egypt, to ensure appropriate behaviour around hospitality, gifts and other advantages provided overseas

Equatorial Guinea

Ophir Energy plc on the development of its Equatorial Guinean gas reserves, including the development and financing of a proposed floating LNG project

BNP Paribas, Société Générale, Natixis and Crédit Agricole CIB on a ground-breaking Equator principles-compliant US$600 million secured hybrid borrowing base credit facility to fund the development by a local operating subsidiary of Glencore of an interest in the Aseng offshore oil and gas field in Equatorial Guinea

a confidential client on due diligence on an oil and gas interest in Equatorial Guinea in connection with a potential acquisition

Brilliant Mining Corporation on the review of the mining concession agreement and legal advice regarding its first mining project in Equatorial Guinea

Eritrea

a confidential client on a mining related border dispute in Eritrea/Ethiopia 

Ethiopia

Poly-GCL Petroleum Group Holding Limited on all aspects of the development of its US$4 billion Ethiopia-Djibouti gas to LNG mega project

a confidential client on the raising of funds for an LNG project in Ethiopia, including a potential stock market listing

a confidential client on a border dispute in the mining sector in Eritrea/Ethiopia

Gabon

ING and the other lenders (BNPP, Natixis and ABN Amro) to Assala Energy Holdings (a portfolio company of The Carlyle Group) in connection with Assala Energy's acquisition of Royal Dutch Shell's entire onshore oil and gas assets in Gabon for a total of US$628 million

MPDC Gabon Co. Ltd (a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation) on the sale of upstream assets offshore Gabon to Perenco and, following the exercise of its pre-emption right, to Total

BTG Pactual on a US$1.525 billion joint venture with Petrobras for the exploration and production of oil and gas in Africa, including assets in Gabon

Perenco on the acquisition and transfer of operatorship of various mature upstream oil and gas assets in Gabon from Total, including the sale of the Group’s 100%-owned affiliate Total Participations Petrolières Gabon, which holds interests in 10 fields

Bharti Airtel on its US$10.7 billion acquisition of the 15 African mobile networks of Zain Africa , including in Gabon (M&A Team of the Year 2010, British Legal Awards)

The Gambia

a confidential client on a potential investment in the upstream oil and gas sector in Gambia 

Ghana

Vitol SA on the project finance and commercial aspects of its interest in the US$7 billion OCTP oil and gas project in Ghana with ENI supplying gas for power generation, reportedly the largest single project Foreign Direct Investment inflow to Ghana since Independence (African Oil and Gas Deal of the Year, PFI Awards 2016)

subsidiaries of Kinross Gold Corporation on various matters relating to the gold mining operations of such subsidiaries in Ghana and Mauritania

Bharti Airtel on its US$10.7 billion acquisition of the 15 African mobile networks of Zain Africa , including in Ghana, as well as on the subsequent establishment of a joint venture with Millicom International Cellular SA in Ghana

a consortium on its potential bid for the concession of the management of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG)

Danone on its acquisition, in partnership with the Abraaj Group, of Fan Milk International, a leading manufacturer and distributor of frozen dairy products and juices operating in West Africa, including Ghana (Commercial Team of the Year 2014, Legal Week African Legal Awards)

Guinea

Rio Tinto on many aspects of its Simandou iron ore integrated project in Guinea for the continued exploration, mining and processing of iron ore and the construction of the related infrastructure facilities, including in particular a rail link and deepwater mineral port

Alufer on the development of its Bel Air mining and associated infrastructure project in Guinea, including the negotiation and signature of the Mining Convention with the Government of Guinea

BHP Billiton on the divestment of its iron ore interests in Guinea to ArcelorMittal

South Atlantic Petroleum Limited (SAPETRO) on its purchase of a 50% participating interest in an oil & gas concession offshore Guinea from Hyperdynamics Corporation

Telekom Malaysia Berhad and TM International Berhad in the settlement of outstanding claims in relation to their investment in the Guinean national telecommunications company, Société des Télécommunications de Guinée SA, and the negotiation of a successful exit from Guinea in line with Telekom Malaysia's international investment strategy

Guinea-Bissau

Woodside on an agreement with Impact Oil & Gas AGC Ltd to acquire a 65% participating interest in a production sharing contract and associated joint operating agreement in the AGC Profond block located in the joint development area between Guinea-Bissau and Senegal

a confidential client on certain aspects of its potential disposal of downstream assets in Guinea-Bissau

a confidential client on the implementation of mining and oil and gas projects in Guinea-Bissau and Equatorial Guinea

Kenya

Tullow Oil and its joint venture partners, Maersk and Africa Oil, on the development of a pipeline connecting crude oil discoveries made in the South Lokichar Basin to export from Lamu port in Kenya

Stanbic Bank and other lenders on the project financing of the US$150 million Kinangop Wind Farm Project in Kenya (Africa Wind Deal of the Year, Project Finance EMEA & Africa Deals of the Year 2013)

The Government of Kenya (through its Ministry of Energy) on a study aimed at ensuring the adequate, reliable and cost-effective supply of energy to meet development needs, while moving towards a more competitive electricity market

a confidential client on Kenya's strategic minerals legislation

Bharti Airtel on its US$10.7 billion acquisition of Zain's mobile networks in 15 African jurisdictions, including Kenya (M&A Team of the Year 2010, British Legal Awards)

Lesotho

a confidential client on the development of a 20MW solar photovoltaic plant in Lesotho 

Liberia

Mitsubishi Corporation on the acquisition of upstream assets in Liberia

a confidential multinational on the disposal of its subsidiary in Liberia

BHP Billiton on the sale of its iron ore interests in Liberia to Cavalla Resources Limited

RMB Resources, on a subordinated secured cash facility to Aureus Mining to fund the development of its Bea Mountain gold project in Liberia

Libya

Goldman Sachs on the successful defence of a US$1.2 billion claim brought by the Libyan Investment Authority in relation to a series of leveraged derivatives transactions with Goldman Sachs in early 2008

an international oil and gas client on a divestment of interest in Libya and a potential associated dispute

an international oil and gas client in relation to issues arising out of strikes and protests at the Gialo oilfield in Libya in Spring 2013

Madagascar

Sumitomo Corporation on its investment and ongoing involvement in the Ambatovy nickel joint venture mining project in Madagascar

South Atlantic Petroleum Limited (SAPETRO) on the acquisition of a 90% interest in the Belo Profond Production Sharing Contract offshore Madagascar

a confidential client on its disposal of oil and gas interests in Madagascar

Tough Stuff International in relation to its CDM project in Madagascar and related emissions trading arrangements

Bharti Airtel on its US$10.7 billion acquisition of the 15 African mobile networks of Zain Africa, including in Madagascar (M&A Team of the Year 2010, British Legal Awards)

Malawi

Surestream in relation to upstream matters in Malawi

Bharti Airtel on its US$10.7 billion acquisition of Zain's mobile networks in 15 African jurisdictions, including Malawi (M&A Team of the Year 2010, British Legal Awards)

a major multinational company on the restructuring of its interests in Africa, including Malawi

Mitsui on the acquisition of 15% interest in the Moatize coal mine and a 50% interest in the related Nacala corridor rail and port infrastructure project in Mozambique (which includes a railway across Mozambique and Malawi) from Vale 

Mali

African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM), BWSC and IFU on their investment in a 90MW greenfield thermal power project in Mali

Akuo Energy on the development of solar plants in Mali and the review of the concession agreement with the State

B2Gold on various matters relating to its Fekola gold project in Mali, including the negotiation of a Mining Convention with the Government, the drafting and negotiation of a shareholders agreement between B2Gold and the State of Mali regarding the exploitation company, the drafting of various contracts and documents for the corporate structuring of the project etc

Avnel on the proposed project financing of the Kalana gold mine in Mali

a confidential consumer goods company on the management of crisis situations in Mali and Togo arising from changes in legislation regarding the distribution of goods

Mauritania

BP on its first major investments in Mauritania and Senegal through a US$916 million deal with Kosmos Energy to acquire interests in offshore exploration blocks

subsidiaries of Kinross Gold Corporation on various matters relating to the gold mining operations of such subsidiaries in Mauritania and Ghana

Tullow Oil on an upstream matter in Mauritania

Mauritius

a trader in its equity investment, through Mauritius, into a West African oil and gas interest

an Indian investment management company on the establishment of a real estate fund in Mauritius

the sponsors and project company on all aspects of the 70MW Belle Vue power project in Mauritius, which was the first independent power project and the first limited recourse project financing in Mauritius

Morocco

Woodside on its farm-in to Chariot's interests in the Rabat Deep block offshore Morocco

Genel Energy on a farm-in to upstream interests in Morocco, including due diligence, negotiation of the farm-in agreement, discharge of the conditions precedent, and joint venture arrangements

Kasbah Resources on the financing and development of the Achmmach tin project in Morocco

the lenders to a consortium bidding to develop wind farms totalling 850MW in Morocco

Cipla on its joint venture agreement with Cipla’s existing business partners in Morocco, Société Marocaine de Cooperation Pharmaceutique and The Pharmaceutical Institute

Western Sahara

various international clients on their investments in Western Sahara

Morocco

Woodside on its farm-in to Chariot's interests in the Rabat Deep block offshore Morocco

Genel Energy on a farm-in to upstream interests in Morocco, including due diligence, negotiation of the farm-in agreement, discharge of the conditions precedent, and joint venture arrangements

Kasbah Resources on the financing and development of the Achmmach tin project in Morocco

the lenders to a consortium bidding to develop wind farms totalling 850MW in Morocco

Cipla on its joint venture agreement with Cipla’s existing business partners in Morocco, Société Marocaine de Cooperation Pharmaceutique and The Pharmaceutical Institute

Western Sahara

various international clients on their investments in Western Sahara

Mozambique

KOGAS on the Rovuma Basin LNG and upstream gas project in Mozambique, including the multi-party unitisation arrangements for the joint development of the giant gas fields straddling the Area 1 and Area 4 blocks (involving Eni, Anadarko, CNPC, Mitsui, PTTEP, GALP and other companies) and on all aspects of its 10% interest in the proposed Coral floating LNG project, including the JV arrangements with Eni, CNPC and GALP, as well as the implications of Exxon’s acquisition of a 25% interest in Area 4 and the latest LNG Project relating to Area 4: the onshore Rovuma LNG Project

Mitsui on the acquisition of 15% interest in the Moatize coal mine and a 50% interest in the related Nacala corridor rail and port infrastructure project in Mozambique from Brazilian mining company Vale

CNPC on its acquisition of a 28.57% stake in Eni East Africa SpA, a wholly owned subsidiary of Eni SpA, for US$4.2 billion and on related joint venture arrangements, providing CNPC with an indirect 20% stake in Mozambique’s Area 4 gas field located in the Rovuma basin

Namibia

NamPower on the Arandis power project, including a review of Namibia's electricity regulatory framework and the drafting and negotiation of power purchase agreements and concession agreements with a consortium of private investors and their financial advisors

BTG Pactual on a US$1.525 billion joint venture with Petrobras for the exploration and production of oil and gas in Africa, including assets in Namibia

Republic of Namibia on its issue of US$750 million 5.25% Notes due 2025 (acting for the Managers)

a confidential client on the potential acquisition of an interest in a Namibian mine

Niger

PIC Network on an integrated infrastructure project which includes the financing, implementation and exploitation of a rail liaison between Benin and Niger

Rio Tinto in relation to its mining projects in Niger

a confidential client in relation to the restructuring of its mining activities in Niger and elsewhere in Africa

Bharti Airtel on its US$10.7 billion acquisition of Zain's mobile networks in 15 African jurisdictions, including Niger (M&A Team of the Year 2010, British Legal Awards)

Nigeria

CPCS Transcom and the Nigerian Bureau of Public Enterprises on  the privatisation, through share sales or granting of concession, of 17 of the electricity industry assets and companies which are successors to the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (comprising 6 generation companies and 11 distribution companies), valued in excess of US$2 billion

SkyPower Global on its investment in a 100MW solar project in Nigeria, including due diligence on the key project documents and the negotiation of the acquisition documents and Joint Development Agreement

IHS Holding Limited (IHS) on its acquisition of Helios Towers Nigeria Limited (which consisted of over 1,200 telecommunications tower sites) from HTN Towers plc, in a deal claimed to be the first mobile infrastructure consolidation in Africa

ND Western (an independent Nigerian oil and gas exploration and production company comprising a consortium of international and local stakeholders) on the successful acquisition of interests in OML 34 from Shell, Total and Eni

Maurel & Prom on its acquisition through a public tender offer by Pertamina, the Indonesian oil company. This takeover will enable Pertamina to expand its footprint in Africa, thanks to Maurel & Prom's operations in Nigeria, Gabon, Namibia and Tanzania 

Republic of Congo

Kore Potash on various aspects of its Kola potash project in the Republic of Congo

MagMinerals as project counsel to its Kouilou greenfield potash project in Republic of Congo

a confidential client in relation to a bid for a deep water offshore block in the Republic of Congo

a confidential client on the development of a methanol plant in Republic of Congo

Bharti Airtel on its US$10.7 billion acquisition of the 15 African mobile networks of Zain Africa , including in Republic of Congo (M&A Team of the Year 2010, British Legal Awards)

Rwanda

Stanbic Bank on the project financing of the REFAD-Rwanda Hydroelectric power project

DEG as lender in relation to the bank-to-bank financing for the purpose of on-lending to energy and infrastructure projects of Bank of Kigali Limited in Rwanda

IHS Holding Limited (IHS) on all aspects of its acquisition of 1,100 telecommunication towers in Rwanda and Zambia from Bharti Airtel Limited

Renaissance Capital on the private placement of shares by Breweries et Limonaderies du Rwanda Limited (BRALIRWA), listed on the Rwanda Stock Exchange – the first ever by a Rwandan company

Sao Tome and Principe

ERHC Energy as holder of pre-existing concession rights granted by STP in the area covered by the Nigeria/São Tomé Joint Development Area

ONGC Videsh Limited and Equator Exploration Limited on the award of a participating interest share in Block 2 in the Nigeria/São Tomé Joint Development Zone and, subsequently, on the assignment of a 7.5% participating interest 

Senegal

BP on its first major investments in Senegal and Mauritania through a US$916 million deal with Kosmos Energy to acquire interests in offshore exploration blocks

Air France KLM on its partnership with Senegal Handling Services in relation to the handling of airplane maintenance services at Dakar airport

Woodside on an agreement with Impact Oil & Gas AGC Ltd to acquire a 65% participating interest in a production sharing contract and associated joint operating agreement in the AGC Profond block located in the joint development area between Senegal and Guinea-Bissau

Macquarie Bank, RCF and Tembo in connection with the secured bridge facility provided to Toro Gold for the development of the Mako gold project in Senegal

RMB Resources, provider of a cash facility to fund the development of the Grande Côte zircon project in Senegal

Seychelles

Ophir Energy plc on an agreement with WHL Energy, an Australian listed E&P company, to acquire a 75% operated interest in offshore oil and gas blocks to the south of the Seychelles Islands (Ophir subsequently withdrew from this agreement)

Sierra Leone

provision of legal advice on a pro bono basis to the Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL) to help build its capacity to manage inward investment into Sierra Leone. Since we launched our "Fair Deal Sierra Leone" pro bono programme in 2010, over 250 people across our firm have delivered more than £4.5m worth of support. This includes policy and legislative advice, contract review, deal negotiation support, assistance on disputes and the secondment of lawyers to the GoSL in Freetown for up to seven months. "Fair Deal Sierra Leone" is the first large-scale pro bono facility offered by a law firm in support of one country's development efforts

Government of Sierra Leone on various matters in the energy sector, including in relation to (i) the 145MW Bumbuna II hydropower project; (ii) a 25MW run of river hydropower project being developed by Sewa Energy ; (iii) a 45MW co-generation biomass power plant and associated greenfield sugarcane plantation and bio-ethanol refinery; and (iv) a 128MW heavy fuel oil power project

Sierra Rutile, the AIM traded multi-mine mineral sands company with an established operating history in Sierra Leone, on its announced £215 million takeover by Iluka Resources

Iluka Resources on the expansion of SRL’s mining operations in Sierra Leone, including the preparation and negotiation of EPC Contracts and various Works Agreements

Bharti Airtel on its US$10.7 billion acquisition of the 15 African mobile networks of Zain Africa , including in Sierra Leone, as well as on the subsequent sale of its operations in Sierra Leone to Orange SA 

Somalia / Somaliland

Tangiers Petroleum on its potential takeover of Jacka Resources, which included assets in Somaliland

a confidential consumer goods company on distribution arrangements in Somalia and Somaliland 

South Africa

Southern African Power Pool Coordination Centre in relation to the Botswana-South Africa (BOSA) transmission line

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries on the merger of the thermal power plant units of MHI and Hitachi, including significant assets in South Africa

Norilsk Nickel on the disposal of its interest in the Nkomati nickel mine in South Africa and its subsequent dispute with BCL

Bombela (the preferred bidder and now concessionaire) on the Gautrain Rapid Light Rail PPP in South Africa

a confidential client in a potential dispute with the Strategic Fuel Fund Association regarding South Africa's strategic crude oil reserves

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South Sudan

a confidential client on an upstream acquisition in South Sudan, together with related refinery and pipeline obligations and consortium and joint venture arrangements

an Asian led-consortium of international oil companies on the implications of the secession of South Sudan from the Republic of Sudan on the consortium's producing assets in Sudan 

Sudan

a Japanese oil and gas company on its prospective bid for Talisman's interests in the Greater Nile Oil project in Sudan

a consumer goods company on the competition aspects of a potential acquisition in Sudan 

Swaziland

the lenders on the financing of an electricity transmission project between South Africa, Mozambique and Swaziland 

Tanzania

various confidential clients on the provision of ongoing strategic advice in connection with recent significant changes to Tanzania's natural resource laws

BG on its acquisition from Ophir Energy of interests in three blocks offshore Tanzania

Berkeley Energy on the development of the Kikagati Hydropower Project located on the border of Tanzania and Uganda

Standard Chartered Bank in a series of ICSID arbitrations against Tanzania arising out of a number of investment treaty breaches in respect of a power station

Bharti Airtel on its US$10.7 billion acquisition of the 15 African mobile networks of Zain Africa , including in Tanzania (M&A Team of the Year 2010, British Legal Awards)

Togo

Danone on its acquisition, in partnership with the Abraaj Group, of Fan Milk International, a leading manufacturer and distributor of frozen dairy products and juices operating in West Africa, including Togo

a confidential oil and gas client for the provision of a legal opinion on various issues under Togolese law and related disputes advice

Corlay Global SA, a joint venture run by two oil companies, the Nigerian-based MRS Holdings Limited and Petroci Holding, the national oil company of Côte d’Ivoire, on the acquisition from Chevron of its fuel marketing businesses operated under the Texaco brand in various West African states, including Togo

a confidential mineral exploration company on the drafting and negotiation of agreements with the Government of Togo in relation to various mineral exploration permits

Tunisia

Sumitomo Corporation (on behalf of its consortium with Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems), on the consortium's successful bid, in response to the tender process launched by Société Tunisienne de l'Electricité et du Gaz (STEG), for the construction and maintenance of a gas-fired combined cycle thermal power plant (450 MW) in Radès, Tunisia

BTG Pactual on a US$1.525 billion joint venture with Petrobras for the exploration and production of oil and gas in Africa, including assets in Tunisia

Mitsubishi Corporation in its bid for the acquisition of upstream oil and gas interests in Tunisia  

a confidential client on the potential acquisition of an interest in a phosphate mine in Tunisia

BG Tunisia on the drafting and negotiation of the project documentation relating to the construction and operation of the US$475 million Barca IPP (500 MW) combined-cycle gas turbine power plant in Tunisia

Uganda

CNOOC Limited on sales and purchase agreements to acquire Tullow Oil's one third interest in exploration areas 1, 2 and 3A in Uganda for approximately US$1.47 billion

DEG, BIO, EAIF, OFID and African Development Bank as lenders on the greenfield project financing of the ACHWA river hydropower project in northern Uganda

Cipla Limited on its acquisition of a 51% interest in Quality Chemicals Limited, Uganda

Bharti Airtel on its US$10.7 billion acquisition of the 15 African mobile networks of Zain Africa , including in Uganda (M&A Team of the Year 2010, British Legal Awards)

Zambia

a listed mining company in relation to the defence of a class action brought in the High Court in London on behalf of 2000 members of a Zambian community alleging environmental claims

IHS Holding Limited (IHS) on all aspects of its acquisition of 1,100 telecommunication towers in Zambia and Rwanda from Bharti Airtel

ZESCO on the development and financing of the 750MW Kafue Gorge Lower Hydroelectric Project in Zambia

The World Bank Group on the IDA Guarantee Package associated with the first two IFC-led Scaling Solar Programme projects in Zambia to Neoen and Enel Green Power

Bharti Airtel on its US$10.7 billion acquisition of the 15 African mobile networks of Zain Africa , including in Zambia (M&A Team of the Year 2010, British Legal Awards)

Zimbabwe

a confidential consortium on the bankability of a land-based solar project under development in Zimbabwe

a confidential client on a joint venture in the mining sector in Zimbabwe

Renaissance Capital acting for LonZim on the IPO of this investment company focussed on Zimbabwe and listed on AIM

a confidential client on the potential acquisition of an interest in a stockbroker firm in Zimbabwe, including joint venture arrangements 

Recent Experience

Our expert teams across sectors and practice areas provide a diverse range of legal knowledge to our clients in the region

IHS Holding Limited (IHS)

Advising on its acquisition of Helios Towers Nigeria Limited from HTN Towers.

Danone

Advising on its acquisition, in partnership with Abraaj Group, of Fan Milk International, a leading manufacturer and distributor of frozen dairy products and juices operating in West Africa.

CMOC

Advising on the acquisition of Freeport's indirect 56% interest in the world-class Tenke Fungurume mine in DRC for US$2.65 billion.

Vitol SA

Advising on its US$7 billion oil and gas project in Ghana with ENI supplying gas for power generation.

Southern African Power Pool Coordination Centre

Advising on the Botswana-South Africa (BOSA) transmission line.

EDF, IFC and Government of Cameroon

Advising on the development of the Nachtigal Hydroelectric Project in Cameroon.