Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Projects & Energy Department

Africa-wide
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What the team is known for An established name in advising governments and state utilities on power sector development and strategy, notably involving the roll-out of IPP frameworks. Demonstrates particular expertise in power purchase agreements, as well as acting for international finance institutions on their involvement in state-run programmes across Africa. Has further experience in infrastructure and PPP mandates, as well as project financing and O&M concessions.

Strengths One source opined: "They're the pre-eminent law firm to represent governments and state institutions in the electricity market in Africa."

Other sources say: "They have extensive expertise in African projects and energy. They've worked in so many different countries on all kind of projects. Specifically in energy, they have a wealth and depth of experience that is widely recognised."

Work highlights Advised Power Africa on the development of a framework for the Nigerian Gas Flaring Commercialisation Programme, including regulations and commercial agreements.

Notable practitioners

John Beardsworth is an eminently respected practitioner in this area: "He's the heavy hitter you bring in for gravitas and wealth of experience in project finance, as well as being the kind of person you want negotiating with ministers." He is respected by peers for his role as a government adviser, providing support on the structuring of IPP frameworks and private-sector energy development. He has a long track record of advising on energy and infrastructure, including project finance, PPPs and asset transactions from the firm's Washington, DC and Richmond offices.

Ryan Ketchum is esteemed by market sources for his depth of experience in negotiations and transactions across Africa. He assisted the IFC with its Scaling Solar programme in Zambia and frequently advises states on their IPP programmes. Clients laud his ability to work with state entities, adding that "he's very knowledgeable in private-public transactions in the energy sector." Interviewees also say: "He provides intelligent counsel and knows how to get the deal done." He divides his time between the firm's London and Richmond, Virginia offices.