AFRICA M&A OUTLOOK 2021

The following brief discussing our M&A predictions in Africa in 2021 accompanies our latest global M&A report, M&A in 2021, which you can download here. Covid and its consequences   It is still too early to know the full impact of COVID-19 given the heterogeneity of the continent, the uncertainty surrounding the evolution of the pandemic … Read more

NEW EXTENSION OF THE DEADLINE TO COMPLY WITH THE NEW CEMAC REGULATION

On November 5th, the Governor of the Central Bank for Central African States (the “BEAC”) issued a decision to extend the moratorium period granted to extractive companies to comply with CEMAC Regulation No. 02/18/CEMAC/UMAC/CM relating to foreign exchange (the “New CEMAC Regulation”) until 31 December 2021. This is rather good news for mining and petroleum … Read more

TRENDS & DEVELOPMENTS: PROJECT FINANCE 2020 – SOUTH AFRICA

Authors: Brigette Baillie and Biddy Faber Trends & Developments in the South African market during 2020 South Africa has historically had a strong showing in the public-private partnership (PPP), concessions and independent power project (IPP) markets, having undertaken: PPPs in the healthcare, prisons, transport infrastructure, serviced government office accommodation and biosciences sectors; concessions in the … Read more

AFRICA RENEWABLE ENERGY: ENERGY TRANSITION AND THE AFRICAN RENEWABLES MARKET

For our clients looking to invest in the “green” energy sector, the African renewables market is occupying a growing space in strategic thinking. Projected GDP expansion and rapid population growth will drive up energy demand in Africa, which combined with the presence of rich renewable resources (including wind, solar, geothermal and hydropower) means that African … Read more

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