Chambers Global ranks Orrick as a leading firm for Projects & Energy, Corporate/Commercial and Dispute Resolution. We are advising on some of the most significant and innovative projects underway on the continent today. Our clients include all types of market participants – development banks, commercial lenders, sponsor groups, multinational corporations, governments, funds and other private investors. Our work spans the continent’s energy, infrastructure, natural resources, large-scale agriculture complexes, telecommunications, technology and financial sectors.
Our team is based in Paris, London, New York, Washington, D.C. and Beijing. We have built a first-class network of local law firms in African countries where our clients do business. We collaborate closely with these firms on transactions, and also benefit from regular dialogue on the latest local market trends and legislative and regulatory changes. In addition, in certain major jurisdictions such as Togo, Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria, we have entered into special collaboration arrangements with top-tier firms and leading practitioners to support clients’ recurrent projects.
We are advising on some of the most significant and innovative projects underway across the continent today. Chambers Europe 2017 notes that clients praise our team: "They know the African market very well."
We are involved in a wide range of projects in the energy sector. These projects involve investors based throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Americas and Asia. Recent highlights include:
In addition, we advise some of the most active private equity funds focused on African energy and infrastructure, including Helios Investment Partners, Leap Frog Investments and Adlevo Capital.
We act for all major stakeholders in the development of the telecommunications and tech sectors. We recently advised the Overseas Private Investment Corporation in connection with a loan to a telecommunications conglomerate of 17 affiliated borrowers providing cable, satellite and internet services in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Mauritius and United Arab Emirates (Fujairah Free Zone). Other clients in the Africa telecoms space include Millicom, Eutelstat and CANAL+.
We’re also deeply involved in the development of Africa’s ecommerce market, and have advised venture capital firms, private equity investors and companies making strategic acquisitions and investments in areas from mobile money markets to online video platforms.
Our teams play a pioneering role in assisting market participants and regional market authorities that shape local and regional financial and capital markets. In West Africa, for example, we worked with the regional financial market authority CREPMF, which covers 8 WAEMU countries, and the West African Development Bank on the preparation and enactment of common regulations to WAEMU countries relating to securitization, covered bonds and the establishment of a regional mortgage refinancing agency.Our recent work includes:
Chambers Global 2017 praises our International Arbitration team’s "distinguished presence across francophone jurisdictions of Africa, with noteworthy expertise in the telecommunications, construction and mining sectors." Our team represents parties in some of the largest arbitrations underway, governed by the rules of ICSID, ICC and UNCITRAL, among others, and conducted in English and French.
In dispute resolution work, we have:
We bring to dispute resolution, as to all of our work in Africa, a strong combination of technical skills, market knowledge, and local and international relationships.
We are honored to partner with social enterprises devoted to empowering Africa. We are representing The Nature Conservancy in connection with an innovative project to develop a series of solar power plants in Kenya, the proceeds of which will finance nature conservancies and game reserves. We helped secure impact financing for Greenlight Planet – a social enterprise that develops and manufactures solar products designed to help people living off the electric grid – and likewise assisted MercyCorps in its impact investment into New Light Africa Limited, a company that sells solar lights. And we are corporate counsel to NewGlobe Schools, a corporation that brings education to families living on less than $2 a day, including in emerging markets such as Kenya, through smartphones and tablets. We also work closely with Indego Africa, an organization devoted to women’s entrepreneurship and with Water.org.