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Project Finance and PPPs: Financing Africa’s Infrastructure

The financing requirements to close Africa’s infrastructure deficit are estimated at over US$ 130 billion annually for the next several decades. Project Finance and Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) are proving to be useful tools in resolving the infrastructure gap.

The Firm’s lawyers include certified PPP practitioners and accredited trainers who have supported training exercises of public and private officials within the East African region.

We work with clients to support their financing needs from identifying potential financiers and strategic investors to the negotiation and execution of term sheets, loans agreements and security instruments.

Key specialist services include the conduct of due diligence investigations, feasibility studies, preparation of project risk matrices, project SPV formation, site acquisition, drafting Privately Initiated Investment Proposals as well as drafting and advising on project and financing documentation.

Recent assignments include advising, as part of a technical secretariat, G7 countries and various development partners on the coordination of financing needs and projects in the transport sector in Kenya. The Firm’s lawyers have served as part of the transaction advisory team in respect of the construction of the 272 km Standard Gauge Railway Malaba –
Kampala (Eastern Route) Project in Uganda as well as conducted a legal and institutional review of the fund structure for Rwanda’s Green Pro-Poor Infrastructure Fund as part of a Scoping Study for Locally Led Adaptation for Resilient Pro-Poor Infrastructure.

Our lawyers have advised on, identified potential project funders and provided negotiation support to clients in the energy sector and advised on the implementation of key development partner projects including the World Bank’s US$50 million NaMSIP covering roads, water and sanitation and street lighting projects.

The Firm has previously served as legal advisor to the project sponsor in the financing and implementation of a bulk fuel storage and handling facility on a BOOT basis in Eswatini and advised a development finance institution on the implementation of independent power transmission lines in Kenya as PPPs.