Force Majeure was one of the biggest concepts up for discussion in 2020. In 2021, the term ‘corporate PPA’ is earning its pride of place as one of the new buzz words for the power and energy sectors in the region, with sector players critically looking at how these types of arrangements can be used to address some of the cost and supply challenges facing the region.
Our finance and projects lawyers advise on all aspects of financing. We share knowledge and skills in deals involving: lending and borrowing, debt securities, derivatives, funds, portfolios as well as energy, infrastructure, transport matters and other projects.
IKM’s Finance practice, headed by Anne Kinyanjui, has vast experience and industry insight in the specialist areas of finance, enabling us to advise clients from diverse business sectors. Our lawyers act for over 20 commercial banks, a number of which are the top-tier financial institutions in Kenya.
IKM’s Projects practice, headed by Beatrice Nyabira, has substantial experience across a diverse band of undertakings that include public-private partnerships (PPPs), energy (geothermal, hydropower, wind, solar and coal), and social infrastructure (health, housing and transport). Our knowledge base from working with clients across the public and private sectors means that we have a comprehensive understanding of each of the stakeholder’s concerns and are able to structure transactions in a manner that specifically addresses their needs.
Experience has included advising:
- OPIC jointly with DLA Piper, in connection with facilities to be granted to Acorn Holdings Limited which is a leading real estate developer in Kenya for financing 10 mixed-use development projects.
- Stanbic Bank Kenya Limited in a transaction involving real estate financing.
- A top-tier commercial bank in Kenya in the financing of a used aircraft which required a high degree of due diligence over the aircraft and security documentation proceedings.
- East African Breweries Limited as the borrower in connection with the financing of its new brewery in Kisumu.
- Radiant Energy Limited on the financing of two 40 MW solar power projects.
- CDC Group Plc, the lenders, on the financing of a 40 MW solar project in Malindi, Kenya.
- The Kenyan government on the USD500 million procurement of medical equipment for 94 hospitals in all 47 counties in Kenya through a managed equipment services arrangement.
- The sponsors of a USD1.8 billion energy project on the development of a 100 MW wind power plant in Kajiado, Kenya.
- A client in connection with its proposed investments in Mombasa port, Lamu port and the new Lamu industrial city.
- A consortium of investors in connection with a proposed primary healthcare project to be piloted in Makueni County before being scaled-up to all 47 counties in the country using a privately-initiated investment proposal model.
- Ranked Band 1 in Banking & Finance (Chambers & Partners 2019)
- Ranked Tier 1 in Banking & Finance (The Legal 500 2019)
- Ranked Tier 1 in Finance & Corporate (IFLR1000 2019)
- Ranked Tier 1 in Projects & Privatization (The Legal 500 2019)
- Ranked Band 2 in Projects & Energy (Chambers & Partners 2019)
- Ranked in Projects & Finance (IFLR1000)
Globally, analysts agree that investments in the infrastructure sector will play a big role in the post pandemic recovery efforts due to their multiplier effect.
In November 2020, the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) approved an increase in electricity tariffs for consumers. It is no secret that high costs of power coupled with occasional reliability issues have forced some of the large industrial consumers, who account for approximately 54.8 percent of Kenya Power’s sales revenues, back to the drawing board in a bid to find a sustainable, affordable and reliable solution for their energy needs.
With the excitement surrounding the new JKIA – Westlands Expressway project and the prospect of other mass transport projects being developed, this is an opportune time for reflect on how land is compulsorily acquired for infrastructure projects in Kenya.
In December 2020, after a turbulent and challenging year, KPLC firmed up a return to normal programming, reporting a new peak demand of 1,976 MW.