Trinity International LLP

Projects & Energy Department

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What the team is known for Stellar power and energy boutique with an eminent reputation for early-phase development work across Africa. Demonstrates a strong commitment to the continent and is frequently mandated to act for sponsors on innovative IPPs and projects in the renewables sector, including solar, hydro, wind and geothermal. Also sought out by governments for advice on energy sector development and is increasingly acting for lenders, including DFIs and commercial banks. Its offices are located in London, Paris and Perth.

Strengths Market sources praise the firm's capability and prominence in the power sector across Africa: "For any power sector-related transaction in Africa, Trinity has to be on your shortlist," adding: "It has great finance and project document lawyers, all with excellent backgrounds."

Commentators continue: "They're very valued by banks for the quality of service they provide. They're well regarded, responsive, do good work and act at a very good level." They further commend the team for its sponsor-side representation, concluding: "They have excellent experience and knowledge of African jurisdictions."

Work highlights Acted for the project company on the USD2 billion Corbetti geothermal IPP development in Ethiopia.

Notable practitioners

Kaushik Ray is located in London, and is developing a strong reputation as "a very knowledgeable young guy" who "knows the specificities of the African market" and "has a real interest in power and generating megawatts in Africa." He is noted for his skilful handling of early-stage development, including transportation and telecoms projects. Sources add: "Kaushik is a very experienced, efficient, hard-working, good-humoured and pragmatic lawyer. He is a pleasure to have either on your side or across the table."

Paul Biggs is a highly prominent figure in project development on the continent, advising on novel transactions across the full spectrum of power and infrastructure mandates. Best known for his market-leading sponsor-side practice, he also acts for lenders and governments, supporting the latter with strategic advice on energy sector growth and frameworks. Sources commend his expertise in African markets, adding that "he's a good deal maker and strong on project development." He is based in the firm's London office.

London-based Simon Norris is well regarded for his strength in power projects, including a novel USD350 million peat-fired power station in Rwanda. He has notable experience advising financial institutions and banks, as well as project sponsors. His practice spans project development and corporate transactions. Clients comment: "I rate him very highly for project finance work," with others continuing: "He's a proper projects lawyer who rolls up his sleeves and does a lot of power deals."