Projects & Energy Department

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What the team is known for Outstanding practice group routinely mandated on major transactions by all types of project parties. Advises sponsors and lenders on high-profile energy and infrastructure projects across the continent, as well as handling a range of related corporate matters. Possesses significant strength in oil and gas, acting on a number of large-scale upstream and LNG projects. Additionally advises on notable mining and renewables mandates, as well as PPPs in the healthcare sector. Demonstrates a strong presence in the anglophone, francophone and lusophone markets.

Strengths Clients enjoy the team's collaborative approach and deep resources, remarking: "They are incredibly reliable in terms of timeliness," and adding that "they're also very good in terms of problem solving and finding solutions."

Interviewee also state: "Their approach is very much about understanding our problems and mapping out a solution. They're also very constructive, particularly when negotiating transactions."

Work highlights Acted for Total and Sonatrach on the development and project financing of a USD1.5 billion large-scale petrochemical project in Arzew in Algeria.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Jones is head of the firm's Africa group and also leads the firm's African projects practice. He frequently advises on major energy and infrastructure deals, including the USD4.5 billion Nacala Corridor project. He also acts for a diverse range of sponsors and lenders. Sources value his high-level advice on complex issues and political risk, describing him as "a very good practitioner" and highlighting his commitment to the continent.

Bertrand Andriani is a revered practitioner in the areas of project financing and development, particularly in francophone Africa. Acting for major development banks and other financial institutions, as well as international oil companies, governments and parastatals, he draws on a significant well of experience spanning over 25 years of practice. His expertise covers mining, infrastructure and power. In addition to project development, he also handles high-level negotiations and disputes. Sources acknowledge: "He's one of the top lawyers I know." One interviewee opined: "If you're looking for a superstar lawyer, Bertrand Andriani is it."

Senior partner Charles Jacobs runs a strong mining practice, supporting international mining houses with all aspects of their activity on the continent. He acts on M&A, capital restructurings and other corporate matters and is considered "a phenomenal guy" for his work in the industry.