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Infrastructure, Construction and Transport

Our lawyers in Uganda are at the forefront of advising the infrastructure, construction and transport sector, working with clients who invest in, own, operate, manage or provide services to infrastructure assets. 

From the roads which transport our goods, to the telecommunications which keep us connected, world class infrastructure provides the foundations to create jobs, grow business and connect people with essential services. 

Our experience spans public transport, renewable energy, waste, defense, education, healthcare as well as social infrastructure and leisure, rail, roads, among others.

Experience has included advising:

  • National Social Security Fund (as the private counterparty) for the development of a USD222 million government campus on a public-private partnership basis (build, own and transfer) with the Government of Uganda;
  • Total E&P (Uganda) B.V, Tullow Operations and CNOOC Uganda on the performance of a detail legal feasibility study for the proposed construction of an export pipeline, from the Albertine Graben to the East African coast;
  • China Harbour Engineering Company, the EPC contractor, on the special-case procurement of CHEC to construct the USD3.2 billion standard gauge railways, which is a project conducted under a bilateral arrangement between the Heads of State of Northern Corridor Integration Project and the People’s Republic of China;
  • Government of Uganda on a USAID-funded feasibility study into proposed creation of the Uganda Infrastructure Fund, an initiative of The Fourth Presidential Investor’s Round Table in which it was agreed to establish a public-private USD1 billion infrastructure fund;
  • AMEA Power on the establishment of a 10 MW solar power station; and 
  • Metier South Africa and African Clean Energy Solutions on the establishment of a 20 MW biomass power plant.
  • Band 1 – General Business Law (Chambers and Partners 2019)
  • Tier 1 – Energy and Infrastructure (IFLR1000 2019)

Civil lawsuits in Burundi during COVID-19

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented. COVID-19 has spread worldwide, and the Republic of Burundi has adopted preventive measures that have affected institutions’ activities in different ways.

The time is now for continental unity in African dispute settlement

Africa is on the cusp of what could be a break in a decades-long cycle of poverty and economic shortcomings. Whether this cycle will be broken depends on the ability of African nations to put in place policies that attract and protect foreign and intra-African investment. These policies must demonstrate to investors that the rule of law will be upheld; that equitable, local dispute settlement is possible; and that potential gains will be greater than the risks involved. The enactment of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) was a huge step in the right direction. This agreement lays a solid foundation for increased intra-African trade in both goods and services and looks to build on the collective strengths of African nations and African citizens.

Advising Investec on financing of Ghana Infrastructure Company Ltd

DLA Piper has advised Investec Bank Limited in relation to the USD22.5 million export credit financing provided to Ghana Infrastructure Company Ltd (GIC), which was used to fund the construction of storm drainage along the Lamashiegu, Nalung-Bulpela and Tamale roads and the rehabilitation and reconstruction of certain roads within the Ashanti region in central Ghana.