Simmons & Simmons LLP

Projects & Energy Department

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What the team is known for Well known for its advice to international investors and developers on large-scale projects in the natural resources, renewables and traditional power sectors. Shows particular strength in mining and oil and gas. In addition to financing and development aspects, also handles supply and maintenance contracts, as well as corporate matters, including joint ventures and share transactions. International arbitration is another focus for the team. Particularly well placed to assist with projects in the OHADA region.

Work highlights Acted for a Chinese consortium, including China Three Gorges International, on the bidding, development and financing aspects of the USD12 billion Inga 3 hydropower project in the DRC.

Notable practitioners

Dubai-based Paul Bugingo is co-chair of the firm's Africa practice and is widely commended for his in-depth knowledge of working on the continent. His experience ranges from advising governments, utilities and regulators to acting for investors and corporates on energy and infrastructure mandates in a variety of jurisdictions.

Paris-based Yves Baratte runs a very strong practice, with sources commenting: "He's a really good lawyer for francophone Africa." Equally respected for both natural resources and power work, he advises on mining conventions and project development, as well as high-profile renewable energy projects. He frequently structures joint ventures in these areas and acts for a varied roster of lenders, sponsors and state entities.