Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Projects & Energy Department

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What the team is known for Well-respected team held in high regard for its representation of states and parastatal organisations across francophone and Sub-Saharan Africa. Also acts for an array of private sector clients, providing sponsor and lender-side counsel on solar, hydro and gas power projects, infrastructure developments and procurement matters. Additionally well versed in mining transactions, as well as corporate deals and commercial agreements relating to ongoing projects. Primarily based in Paris, with an on-the-ground presence in Abidjan in Côte d'Ivoire.

Strengths Industry participants say the team is "very strong on extractives and related infrastructure," in addition to praising their regional knowledge: "They have a strong knowledge of the situations that occur in Africa and can draw on their experience of big issues in other African countries and apply this to new matters."

Market commentators go on to say: "Orrick has a significant Africa team" with "a very strong francophone practice."

Work highlights Acted for Azito Energie and project sponsors Globeleq and IPS on the expansion of a gas-fired power plant in Côte d'Ivoire.

Notable practitioners

Sources say Paris-based Yves Lepage is an "excellent lawyer with huge amounts of sector knowledge" andcommend him for his practical solutions. He frequently acts for bidders at the early stages of transport developments, as well as through the rest of the project life cycle. He possesses specific experience advising on airport and toll road projects. Investments and energy sector acquisitions form part of his broader practice, which also includes PPPs.