AfCFTA PROTOCOL MUST PROVIDE A FAIR REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT AND PROTECTION FOR INVESTORS

Authors: Peter Leon, Ernst Muller and Natasha Rachwal Negotiators have an opportunity to fashion a regime that supports modern investment policies by promoting sustainable development.  With less than three months before the expected conclusion of negotiations on the African Continental Free Trade Area’s (AfCFTA) protocol on investment increasing attention is being paid to the protocol’s … Read more

Ethiopia’s Renewable Energy Goals

While Ethiopia has expanded its energy production capacity tenfold in the past 25 years, it continues to experience energy shortages as it struggles to meet its population’s demand for electricity. Ethiopia’s population is growing by more than 20% per year and it is struggling to provide access to electricity, which is currently available only to … Read more

CATALYST // EXPLORING OPPORTUNITIES – M&A l BACK BUT DIFFERENT

Rarely have events accelerated so rapidly or so radically as they have in the course of the Covid-19 pandemic. We expect the crisis to operate as a catalyst for change and, as a result, there will be opportunities for those with capital to invest or a desire to expand. In this briefing we look at … Read more

RESPONSIBLE INVESTMENT BROCHURE

Authors: Nila Wilde, Martin Kavanagh, Rebecca Major and Joanne Elson For Africa-focused developers and sponsors in the renewable energy market, ESG is likely in the forefront of your minds and it is important to show knowledge of what is expected in the responsible investing market in order to ensure swift project development and to enhance … Read more

MINISTER CREECY CALLS FOR CONSULTATION ON IDENTIFICATION OF GEOGRAPHICAL AREAS OF IMPORTANCE FOR ENERGY DISTRIBUTION

Authors: Justine Sweet and Mandy Hattingh The Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries appears to be taking proactive measures to expedite the regulatory processes which underpin the development of energy related infrastructure. On 17 July 2020, Minister Creecy, the Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (the “Minister”), published various notices commencing public consultations on the … Read more

AFRICA RENEWABLE ENERGY – ‘BANKABILITY’: A CHECKLIST FOR MARKET ENTRANTS AND SMALLER DEVELOPERS

Authors: Martin Kavanagh, Joanne Elson, Josh Attard and Beatrice McGuire For Africa-focussed developers and sponsors in the ‘green’ energy market, enabling financing and ensuring that the contracts that they enter into are ‘bankable’ is of fundamental importance. Following on from the release of our guide to the alternative funding options available to support renewable energy … Read more

WEBINAR: THERE IS NO FUTURE FOR FRONTIER EXPLORATION

Bertrand Montembault, a partner in the Paris office of Herbert Smith Freehills who has built particular experience in the oil & gas sector in Francophone Africa, will be moderating an Oil Council webinar on Thursday 25 June at 11:00 BST which will discuss “There Is No Future For Frontier Exploration”. To register for this event, … Read more

DEVELOPMENT FUNDS: A GUIDE TO ALTERNATIVE FUNDING OPTIONS AVAILABLE TO SUPPORT THE DELIVERY OF RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECTS IN AFRICA

Authors: Martin Kavanagh, Joanne Elson, Josh Attard and Beatrice McGuire For Africa-focussed developers and sponsors in the ‘green’ energy market, development funds (“DFs”) can offer a means to fast-track project development and enhance bankability. To help provide you with a better understanding of the funding options available in the market, we have produced a handy … Read more