Norton Rose Fulbright

Projects & Energy Department

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What the team is known for Distinguished team with a deep-rooted Africa practice, routinely acting on renewable, mining and oil and gas projects. In addition to its strength in project finance, advising DFIs and commercial lenders, also handles sponsor-side representation and assists governments with concessions and state projects. Expertise spans power, telecommunications, road, rail and ports, as well as maintaining a robust mining practice. Demonstrates broad coverage across the continent.

Strengths Clients value the "excellent service" provided by the team, and go on to note: "The firm has extensive experience in mining projects and is strong on both construction but also financing matters."

Another interviewee commended its handling of complex matters: "They don’t miss any deadline, and I think the team I am working with is the best team of lawyers I have ever worked with. They are really impressive, especially on structuring of deals and technical matters."

Work highlights Acted for Eni on the USD7.9 billion development of the OCTP gas block off the coast of Ghana.

Notable practitioners

"A leading lawyer for Africa-wide projects and energy," Christophe Asselineau is widely recognised for his involvement in francophone jurisdictions and is highly experienced in infrastructure development, in addition to power and oil and gas mandates. He notably supports clients seeking to operate in the OHADA region. He is also well placed to advise on corporate transactions across the continent from the firm's Paris office.

Global head of business Martin McCann is an established mining expert with a wealth of experience upon which to draw. He advises on major project finance mandates in the natural resources space, as well as on power transactions, and recently acted for Yara International on the USD1 billion financing and development of a potash mine in Ethiopia and port terminal in Djibouti. Sources regard him as "a very knowledgeable individual who is able to make a difference at critical moments during the financing process."