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Energy and Natural Resources

Our local and global teams have wide experience advising and representing clients and stakeholders engaged in energy, natural resources, power and related activities throughout the African continent. 

We are entering an era of unprecedented demand for energy, power generation and transmission, especially in emerging and developing economies. This requires lawyers to provide far more than legal skills alone: they need in-depth sector knowledge, commercial experience and the ability to design innovative solutions. As one of the most active law firms in Africa, we provide this level of service. 

Our clients range from the world’s largest power, oil and gas, mining and renewable companies to project sponsors, corporations, utilities, developers, banks, governments and regulators. 

Local insight, global reach: with teams in 20 African countries, our lawyers understand the political, legal, cultural, commercial and regulatory issues that impact energy and natural resources in the continent, with hubs in places such as South Africa and Morocco. Our global Energy and Natural Resources sector team includes more than 400 lawyers in key cities such as London, New York, Paris, Dubai, Perth, Beijing, Singapore, Seoul, Tokyo and Hong Kong, and many more across South America, Canada and the Nordics. 

Being part of one of the world's biggest business law firms means we can deliver fully integrated cross-border business legal services across multiple jurisdictions, collaborating with multidisciplinary colleagues around the world. 

Our people understand the technical, geographical, commercial and geopolitical factors that shape this sector in Africa and have first-hand access to contacts, sponsors and decision makers worldwide. For example, our team includes lawyers experienced in the detailed, multi-layered and often complex regulatory frameworks applying to projects and activities in this field. We advise regulators, the regulated, investors and other industry participants. 

Please contact us to discuss how we can help you to achieve your objectives.

Recognised by Chambers Global (2018-2020) in Projects and Energy in Africa-Wide.  One client lauded the firm, stating: "On every issue that we have engaged them on, they have always been proactive. There's depth to their advice, they're always reliable and consistent." Another source highlighted the firm's "deep expertise across Africa," additionally citing the team as "very responsive and upfront," with "efficient communication and product delivery."

Webinar: Africa Energy Futures - A Continent in Transition

The African continent as a whole remains heavily dependent upon fossil fuels with the likes of South Africa and Nigeria remaining over 70% dependent on non-renewables. The potential for a green transition over the coming years remains pertinent, yet a long way off.

Africa Energy Futures: Zimbabwe

Investment opportunities will arise in two main areas in Zimbabwe in the next decade: renewable energy and petroleum. The government has provided incentives to the energy sector and awarded several IPP licenses to different companies, but very few of these projects have been executed. The delay in implementing these projects has been caused by a lack of funding in light of perceived currency risks.

Africa Energy Futures: Zambia

In Zambia, renewable and new technologies will attract foreign direct investment and can be used to develop the economy following the negative effects of poor rainfall in the past few years and COVID-19. There has been recent growth in industrial activity which has increased the demand for energy.

Africa Energy Futures: Uganda

Due to the need to diversify Uganda’s energy mix and fulfill the country’s climate change commitments, the government’s emphasis will be on renewable forms of energy such as wind, solar and biogas. Nevertheless, it is anticipated that large and mini-hydro will continue to be Uganda’s principal energy supply source in the medium to long-term.

Africa Energy Futures: Tunisia

Tunisia is in the process of launching its first generation renewable energy projects. As part of this process, the state plans to build renewable energy projects with a capacity of 500 MW. Annual investment for these projects is estimated at USD400 million, which will improve Tunisia's energy autonomy, reduce production costs and create jobs.