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

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

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

“RESOURCE NATIONALISM IS BOTH CYCLICAL AND CONTAGIOUS”

Author: OLIVIER BINYINGO  Interview with Olivier Binyingo, Director, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, SA. At the upcoming DRC Mining Week in Lubumbashi from 17-19 June 2020, Mr Binyingo will address the conference on “An asserted Rule-of-law for a conducive investment climate” which will be followed by a panel discussion. The company is also a bronze sponsor … Read more

HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS’ DELEGATES ATTEND THE BELT AND ROAD INITIATIVE IN AFRICA

  Herbert Smith Freehills Justin D’Agostino and Laurence Franc-Menget spoke at ‘The Belt and Road Initiative in Africa’ – the first joint event of the ICC Africa Commission and the ICC Belt and Road Commission, on 12 December 2019. They joined a panel discussion where a panel of speakers examined promises, challenges and dispute resolution … Read more

CLIMATE CHANGE: SUCCEED IN A LOWER-CARBON FUTURE

Authors: Silke Goldberg, Ben Rubinstein and Dr Matthew Burnell In a 2019 global survey, 1,250 CEOs rated environmental / climate change risk the single biggest threat to business growth.1  DOWNLOAD THE GUIDE The race is on for businesses to understand their environmental impact and to manage the legal risks to succeed in a lower-carbon future. … Read more

SOUTH AFRICA’S CONSTITUTIONAL COURT RESTRICTS THE GOVERNMENT’S ABILITY TO CHALLENGE THE LAWFULNESS OF STATE-OWNED ENTITIES’ DECISIONS IN JUDICIAL REVIEW PROCEED

Author: Peter Leon, Ernst Muller and Natasha Rachwal  South Africa is grappling with large-scale public-sector corruption, which has severely undermined the Government’s public procurement system. Recent judicial developments, including a court-ordered Commission of Inquiry into State Capture, appear to have been met, finally, with serious political will to root out corruption. President Cyril Ramaphosa’s inaugural … Read more