Allen & Overy LLP

Projects Department

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What the team is known for Widely renowned team with a stellar project finance practice, routinely advising major regional and international development finance institutions (DFIs) and banks on syndicated finance transactions on the continent. Notably well placed to assist Islamic finance organisations with project lending. Additionally well versed in project development, including the negotiation of EPC contracts. Also acts for sponsors and developers, with its expertise spanning infrastructure, mining and power mandates, including wind, hydro, thermal and LNG.

Strengths Market observers regard the group as "a leader for power," as well as noting its prominence in oil and gas mandates.

Work highlights Advised IFC, Africa Development Bank (AfDB) and ING on the financing of a USD5 billion bauxite mine project in Guinea, developed by Guinea Alumina Corporation. The project included construction of an export terminal and upgrades to rail infrastructure.

Notable practitioners

Pre-eminent project finance lawyer Tim Scales is based in London and is highly esteemed for his representation of DFIs and other key lenders across Africa. Interviewees appreciate that he has a "very good way of dealing with both projects and people," as well as his "very calm and methodical approach." Lauded for his profound knowledge of projects and energy, as well as his Africa focus, he acts for sponsors and developers on financing mandates.