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Energy: Lighting Up Africa

Africa is home to 85% of the global population living without electricity. The Firm’s lawyers are actively involved in advising and supporting both the Private Sector and Public Sector in navigating the legal and regulatory landscape that governs the transitions in the dynamic energy sector.

Over the years, we have supported clients including project sponsors involved in utility scale projects and distributed generation projects. The Firm has advised specialised EPCM companies in the transmission sector, contractors, OEMs of distribution and transmission line components as well as independent power transmission and distribution companies.

Electric utilities have a myriad of business and regulatory compliance obligations and our lawyers have worked with private and public sector electric utilities to ensure regulatory compliance in the supply of reliable electricity to their respective markets. Our lawyers have also been previously involved in the drafting and negotiation of wholesale and retail electric power licences as well as the reorganisation of the distribution market to pave way for the establishment of regional electricity distribution companies,

Our lawyers have been involved in advising on regulatory compliance, due diligence exercises, project financing and refinancing, and restructuring transactions within the energy sector across the electricity generation, transmission and distribution life cycle.

Other services include SPV formations, advising on and negotiating Power Purchase Agreements, EPC Contracts, Power Supply Agreements, Concession Agreements and O&M Agreements for various energy projects.

Recent assignments include advising on two proposed 220kV transmission lines spanning over 550 km in Kenya. We have advised on the construction of a 66/11kV substation and drafted a bulk power supply agreement proposed to be negotiated with electricity generators and utilities. The Firm has also recently prepared various supply agreements for different customer categories as well as relevant policies for a private power distribution company in compliance with the Energy Act.