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Africa Capabilities

Our Africa group comprises lawyers located across the globe in our Beijing, Dubai, London and Houston offices. This global presence means that we are well placed to advise Asian, European, Middle Eastern and North American-based clients on their investments and disputes in Africa as well as locally-based clients on transactions and disputes arising within their jurisdictions.

Our lawyers have assisted investors, major internationals, independent exploration and production companies and national oil companies, among others, with their energy transactional and dispute resolution needs throughout the continent, including in:

We assist our clients in dealing with the complex requirements of both local and regional legal systems regarding mergers and acquisitions, concessions, joint venture arrangements, infrastructure and energy development projects and related project financing. Our lawyers are also well versed in dealing with trade sanctions and compliance regimes, and have worked in a wide range of legal systems (including both common law and civil law jurisdictions).

We have a diverse team of lawyers who have both the legal and business experience (including extensive background as in-house counsel to energy companies) to provide pragmatic advice to our clients on often complex deals in Africa. The lawyers in our Africa group speak a number of different languages.

We have excellent relationships with leading law firms in the key centres of commerce across Africa and work effectively with local counsel to provide a seamless service to our clients.

Core Capabilities

Lawyers in our Africa group advise on:

Upstream & Midstream Energy: We counsel on both the investment and the industry side of sophisticated oil and gas transactions in the Middle East, during development as well as the operational phases of projects. We advise on host country requirements concerning direct investment and local content and provide guidance on the applicable local laws and regulatory environment. Our advice includes negotiating and drafting concessions and production sharing agreements, seismic licenses, drilling contracts, pooling and unitization agreements, joint operating agreements, farm-out agreements, and natural gas and crude oil sales agreements. Our experience includes:

LNG: Our team benefits from experience in every phase of the LNG chain from initial gas production, gathering and processing to liquefaction, shipment, regasification, storage, transportation and marketing.

Renewable Energy: Andrews Kurth advises on the development of renewable energy projects, including power purchase and energy hedging arrangements, real estate matters, interconnection arrangements, major equipment purchase contracts, construction contracts and operation and maintenance agreements. We have particularly active practices advising on solar and wind projects. Our experience helps clients ensure that ownership and deal structures and contractual provisions are maximized, coordinated and financeable. Our experience includes:

Infrastructure: We have a multi-disciplinary infrastructure practice advising governments, sponsors and construction companies in several sectors, including energy, power, water, and transport. We support clients in project structuring, risk allocation and evaluating the bankability needed to bring a project to market. We are one of the leading firms in advising on major project contracts, including construction contracts, operation and maintenance agreements, major equipment procurement contracts, and offtake agreements. Our experience includes:

Project Finance: We represent sponsors, developers and lenders in financing a wide range of projects. We provide the legal support needed to structure, document and implement financing for major projects in sectors such as power, energy and social infrastructure.

Our experience includes:

Mergers & Acquisitions: We advise companies, financial advisors and investors on both the sell side and the buy side of numerous complex M&A transactions. We provide seasoned counsel in structuring and documenting international joint ventures. Our experience includes:

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