DLA Piper LLP

Projects & Energy Department

Africa-wide
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What the team is known for International firm with a widespread network across the continent, including in Zambia, Botswana, Kenya, Namibia and Mozambique. Handles both lender and sponsor-side work on sizeable projects, notably in the oil and gas sector. In addition to negotiating project documentation and restructurings, handles asset transactions, M&A and disputes in the energy sector. Conventional and clean fuel projects are another focus for the team, which advises a number of state governments, private equity investors and DFIs. Draws on expertise from its global bench of projects lawyers, including several based in the UK, the USA, France and China.

Strengths Sources commend the group's "strong East Africa practice," noting its involvement in power and infrastructure developments.

Work highlights Acted for OPIC and CDC on the USD120 million financing of a 50 MW gas-fired power plant in Guinea.

Notable practitioners

UK and Tanzania-qualified Charles Morrison enjoys a strong oil and gas practice, ranging from corporate transactions to farmouts and commercial agreements. He recently advised China Petroleum and Chemical on its proposed acquisition of 75% of Chevron South Africa's issued stock and 100% of that of Chevron Botswana. Based in London, he has additional experience in power and infrastructure matters.