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Banking & Financial Markets
  • Barclays Capital and Absa on its award winning umbrella structured export credit facility for Transnet’s capital expenditure programme, export credit financing for Telkom of South Africa and the OeKB supported loan to the South African National Roads Agency
  • a leading South African bank on a structured ECIC backed facility for an Angolan borrower
  • Standard Chartered Bank on a facility for a Tanzania corporate  acting for an international bank on various financings of Nigerian financial institutions
  • CIAF Leasing on the financing and leasing arrangements for financing 9 new aircraft, including a Boeing 737-800
  • commercial lenders in relation to a US$142 syndicated loan to a refinery and on the financing of a shipping line in Senegal.
Corporate Transactions
  • CDC Group plc on the sale of shares in a Ghanaian company to Société Générale
  • one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies on the restructuring of its Algerian operations undertaken in joint-venture with an Algerian partner
  • AES on its corporate affairs in Cameroon and on a potential joint venture in the Ivory Coast
  • Sitel on corporate and commercial transactions in Morocco.
Dispute Resolution
  • acting for Nomihold Securities Inc on the worldwide enforcement strategy of a US$210m arbitral award
  • acting for Chemical Initiatives (Pty) Limited to pursue a claim against an organisation for non-payment of invoices raised following the import via South Africa, Namibia and Tanzania and delivery of sulphur to the organisation in the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • an energy company on corruption issues arising in the course of a corporate transaction in West Africa
  • a global telecoms group on international arbitration proceedings against a Nigerian telecoms company in relation to ca. $10 million dispute over the provision of ICT services in Nigeria
  • a major mining company and equity shareholders on their landmark arbitrations against the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • directing worldwide enforcement proceedings including in the Nigerian High Court and Court of Appeal against oil field interests (Masri v Consolidated Contractors).
Infrastructure
  • South Africa Railways on the Government proposals and Transnet on the incorporation and restructuring of the various Spoornet business divisions
  • on railway and port infrastructure development in Guinea and Cameroon
  • on the financing and modernisation of airports in the DRC.
Mining & Natural Resources
  • First Quantum Minerals on mining projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mauritania and West Africa, including renegotiation of mining contracts led by the DRC government and international arbitrations  
  • Areva on several corporate transactions related to the Imouraren uranium mine in Niger, Africa’s largest uranium mine
  • BlackRock World Mining Trust PLC on an innovative $110m royalty financing arrangement with London Mining Plc in relation to its Marampa project in Sierra Leone
  • the sponsors on the development of a bauxite mine and alumina refinery in Guinea, including port and rail infrastructure
  • a sponsor on the $2.1bn Ambatovy project in Madagascar, one of the largest nickel and cobalt-mining and processing ventures in the world with an integrated mine and power plant.
Oil & Gas
  • the sponsors on the proposed trans-national pipeline across Uganda and Kenya or Tanzania
  • Egyptian LNG on all aspects of the development and financing of the Train 1 and Train 2 projects
  • a confidential LNG buyer on the purchase of NNPC’s equity LNG volumes from the OKLNG project in Nigeria
  • Galp on the purchase of downstream assets in Swaziland, Gambia and Mozambique.
Power
  • Absa Capital and Barclays on the first African financings for Mainstream Renewable Power of 138MW of wind energy and two 50MW of Solar PV projects under the first round of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Procurement Programme
  • AES on the Dibamba and Kribi IPPs in Cameroon, which were the first two IPPs in Cameroon to reach financial close
  • the commercial banks on wind and solar power projects under the South African Renewables IPP Programme
  • on a concentrated solar project in Morocco as well as a number of other thermal and renewable power projects in Morocco and Algeria
  • a project sponsor on the US$ 5.2bn Mmamabula coal to power project in Botswana
  • the South Africa Government on the procurement of 2 peaking power plants
  • The Government of Swaziland on the Lower Maguduza Hydro power project.
Telecoms
  • MTN Group on the US$284m sale and leaseback of mobile network towers by its subsidiaries, MTN Côte d’Ivoire and MTN Cameroon
  • AES Sonel on its proposed sale and leaseback of a fibreoptic network in an African market
  • MTN Group on the high profile suspension and subsequent successful restoration of its telecoms licence in Benin
  • MTN Group on telecoms regulatory issues in Benin, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Ghana, the Republic of Guinea and the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville)
  • the Zambia Development Agency on the privatisation of Zambia Telecommunications Company (Zamtel), the Zambian incumbent operator.