Chris Utting is the Executive Partner for the White & Case Johannesburg Office. Prior to moving to Johannesburg, he spent over 15 years in London working on cross border financings, including project finance, Islamic finance, restructurings, leverage and corporate lending and general banking matters. Sectors include (among others) power (both conventional and renewables), telecommunications, industrials and infrastructure. Experience in Europe, the Middle East, and parts of Asia, with a particular current focus on Africa.
Representation of two DFIs and a commercial bank in connection with the proposed project financing in the agricultural sector in Mozambique.
Representation of the lenders in connection with a bid under the IPP coal base load program in South Africa.
Representation of three international banks in connection with the proposed acquisition financing of a group of listed and unlisted companies in multiple African jurisdictions by an African industrial group.
Representation of two international banks in connection with the restructuring and refinancing of the debt of an African industrial group.
Representation of IFC in connection with its equity investments in (a) the Pan African Affordable Housing Development (together with CITIC), (b) a CSP project in Morocco and (c) a cement project in the DRC.