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Energy and Natural Resources

Our Casablanca team has wide experience assisting clients and stakeholders engaged in energy, natural resources, power and related activities, in Morocco, francophone Africa and beyond.

We are entering an era of unprecedented demand for energy, power generation and transmission, especially in emerging and developing economies. Clients need need in-depth sector knowledge, commercial experience and the ability to design innovative solutions. Our team in Casablanca provides this level of service. 

Our energy clients receive coordinated, across-the-board coverage for their needs, including construction and infrastructure projects, M&A, finance, competition, regulatory, contractual and dispute resolution. We understand the technical, geographical, commercial and geopolitical factors that shape the industry and have first-hand access to government, sponsors and decision makers in Morocco. 

Our team is particularly adept at advising a large spectrum of players, including Moroccan and international clients such as project sponsors, corporations, utilities, developers, banks, governments, regulators and public entities.

Experience has included advising:

  • MJT Park Investor in the acquisition by Brookstone Partners, a US private equity fund, of 100% of a wind farm held by Altus and All'in Consulting in the south of Morocco;
  • The Moroccan Ministry of Energy on the reform of the renewable energy law;
  • The lenders in connection with the financing of the Safi independent power project (1320 MW) for a total value of USD2.6 billion;
  • An Italian energy company regarding the application of Moroccan law pertaining to electricity production as a form of renewable energy for a 400 MW wind farm project;
  • A European development bank, Agence Française de Développement (AFD), KfW and the European Investment Bank (EIB) in establishing an umbrella facility to promote investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy in Morocco called Moroccan Sustainable Energy Financing Facility (EUR80 million);
  • EDF and the consortium in the bidding process for the granting of five PPAs for the design, financing, construction, commissioning, operation and maintenance of a 850 MW wind farm development project in Morocco;
  • An international EPC provider in 2 separate ICC arbitration proceedings relating to claims for indemnification of losses arising out of its subcontractors' breaches of contracts in the context of the construction of a power plant in Morocco;
  • CDG Développement in the context of an energy efficiency plan for public sector infrastructure;
  • Clancy Exploration Limited, a listed company on the Australian security exchange, in the acquisition of a majority shareholding in Atlas Managem, a Moroccan mining company; and
  • A European development bank in relation to a EUR14 million financing granted to BMCE in the context of the Green Climate Fund facilities.

ESG implications of mine rehabilitation in Africa

In many African countries, mining is the backbone of their economies. Often, however, little consideration is given to environmental, social and governance (ESG) implications when a mining resource has been depleted or becomes uneconomical to mine. An appropriate legal framework that deals with mining rehabilitation is vital as part of sustainable mining.

Mining in Tanzania: Effects of the mining legal framework overhaul

In 2017, drastic and sudden changes affected the mining sector in mainland Tanzania. The Parliament of Tanzania, in a bid to protect the country’s natural resources and the employment opportunities for its citizens, passed a series of legislations in July 2017 aimed towards achieving these objectives.