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Bracewell advises on corporate transactions, projects and financings in Anglophone, Francophone and Lusophone Africa, with a particular focusing on oil and gas (including LNG), power (including renewables) and natural resources sectors.

We were named Energy & Natural Resources team of the year - 2014 African Legal Awards.

Our clients in Africa include exploration and production companies, lenders (including DFIs, ECAs, commercial banks, and Islamic lenders), developers, governments, private equity and infrastructure funds, service companies and contractors.

Our team, which includes fluent French and Portuguese speakers, has worked on energy related transactions in more than 30 countries across the African continent, including each of the key energy focused jurisdictions.

A selection of our lawyers’ experience in Africa includes acting for:

  • Ophir Energy on its floating LNG project offshore Equatorial Guinea
  • Maurel & Prom on an up to US$650 million revolving credit facility arranged by BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, Natixis and Standard Chartered Bank and on its gas commercialisation project in Tanzania and its gas sale arrangements with the Tanzanian national oil company
  • Seplat Petroleum on its US$1.7 billion term and revolving facilities comprising a reserve-based financing with Nigerian banks and a corporate facility with international banks, each secured against Nigerian oil and gas assets
  • Caracal Energy on an up to US$250 million reserve-based secured facility for the development of its Chad assets. This was the first reserve-based lending deal in Chad
  • Genel Energy in relation to the charter of the Noble Paul Romano drilling rig for use in Morocco and Malta
  • A confidential client in relation to its offshore Mozambique Block in the Rovuma Basin and related farm-out
  • Deutsche Bank in relation to a proposed US$76 million facility for Gasol plc for the acquisition of a minority interest in Côte d'Ivoire
  • Ophir Energy on its integrated gas to LNG commercialisation negotiations with the government of Tanzania and on the associated project development arrangements with BG Group
  • AES Corp. in connection with the development and financing of the Dibamba and Kribi IPPs in Cameroon. Dibamba is Cameroon’s first project financed power plant and Kribi is Cameroon’s first gas-fired power plant
  • Impact Oil & Gas on the expansion of its African portfolio, including acquisition of upstream blocks in Gabon, Namibia, the Senegal-Guinea Bissau AGC and Guinea Bissau
  • An exploration company on its negotiations for the award of three deep-water PSCs offshore Gabon
  • Vestas in relation to several of the wind projects in the REIPPPP initiative in South Africa and 300 MW Lake Turkana wind project in Kenya, one of the largest onshore wind farm development in Africa
  • International Power plc on its participation in the US$6.5 billion Mmamabula power project, South Africa
  • Lenders in relation to the Tarfaya and Taza IPP wind projects in Morocco
  • An International Defense and Aerospace Contractor in connection with corporate structuring, complex commercial contracts, offset arrangements, labor and employment, and regulatory issues in Benin, Burkina Faso, DR Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, and Uganda
  • First Bank Nigeria in connection with commodity trade finance transactions
  • A commercial bank in relation to an acquisition financing to a consortium following its successful bid for the interests of Shell in Oil Mining Licence 25 in Nigeria

We are not constrained by formal alliances and we partner with the best local firms to ensure that our clients benefit from both our international experience as well as "on the ground" local knowledge.

Africa is incredibly diverse legally, culturally and linguistically. Our years of experience ensure that we can guide our clients through the challenges and complexities of investing in Africa so that they can capture the great opportunities that exist in emerging jurisdictions on the continent.

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