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About

We offer our clients an intimate knowledge of the African market, stemming from our longstanding presence in the region. The diversity of economic and regulatory conditions across the continent presents unique, and at times difficult, issues for investors. The importance of on-the-ground insight is greater than ever before.

Rising to the challenges of doing business in such a diverse and evolving setting requires a deep understanding of the market and the ability to confidently make decisions. Our team in Africa is well positioned to provide the legal guidance clients need to reach their goals.

No other international law firm can match our record of securities transactions in Africa—a record that includes advising on 90 percent of the public eurobonds for sub-Saharan African sovereign issuers (excluding South Africa) to successfully come to the market since 2007.

White & Case is a global law firm. We've long been active in new and emerging markets. That means that we offer extensive local experience as well as integrated, cross-border experience and knowledge.

Our English law, US and internationally qualified lawyers are dedicated to achieving our clients' most critical goals, bringing astute judgment and novel solutions to each matter. We navigate our clients through complex, multijurisdictional business challenges.

Experience

Nacala Project, Mozambique
Representation of Vale regarding the financing of the Nacala Project, including the construction of a new 201-km rail line to connect the Moatize mine in Tete to the existing railway line in Malawi at Nkaya Junction; the rehabilitation of the existing line in the Malawi rail network and in Mozambique between Nkaya and Monapo, for an approximate length of 682 kms; the construction of a new 29-km branch line, which will connect the existing railway line; and the port and the construction of a new coal port terminal in Nacala-à-Velha.

Ciprel IV power project, Côte d'Ivoire
Representation of CIPREL, an Ivorian independent electricity producer controlled by Eranove, in the financing of both sub-phases of the fourth-phase expansion of its power unit turbine, Tranche A (a 111 MW gas-to-power unit) and then Tranche B of such expansion (a 111 MW combined-cycle expansion amounting to €200 million) in Côte d’Ivoire. This transaction was named "Best Sustainability Deal of the Year in Africa" by EMEA Finance in 2016.

Petrobras Oil & Gas, Nigeria
Representation of the mandated lead arrangers in connection with a US$750 million reserve-based lending facility Petrobras Oil & Gas B.V. for the development of offshore oil fields in Nigeria.

Dakar-Diamniadio toll road and its extension, Senegal
Representation of the project company formed by Eiffage in its offer to the Republic of Senegal for the concession, financing, building and operation of the 32-km Dakar-Diamniadio public-private partnership toll road project in Senegal, transaction which was named "Africa Road Deal of the Year" by Project Finance 2010. In 2015, we represented the project company in a new section to connect this toll road to the new Blaise Diagne international airport, the transaction which was named "Best Infrastructure Deal in Africa" by EMEA Finance 2015.

Bauxite Mine, Guinea
Representation of BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole, IFC, ING, Natixis, OPIC, Société Générale and two Guinean banks in the financing of Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinée's Sangaredi bauxite mine expansion in the Republic of Guinea. The financing is part of the largest foreign investment in Guinea in recent years, with a debt in the hundreds of millions of dollars committed for the mine expansion. Awarded "African Mining Deal of the Year" by IJGlobal Awards 2016. 

GMTN Programme, Nigeria
Representation of  the Republic of Nigeria in the establishment (and upsize) of a US$1.5 billion GMTN Programme and subsequent Reg S/144A offering of US$1 billion 7.875% notes due 2032 and a further US$500 million tap issuance.

Tender offer and notes issuance, Côte d’Ivoire
Representation of Deutsche Bank, Natixis, Standard Chartered Bank, J.P. Morgan and BNP Paribas as joint lead managers and dealer managers on the tender offer in respect of Côte d'Ivoire's 2024 and 2032 notes and the offering of US$1.25 billion amortizing notes due 2033  and €625 million notes due 2025.  

Eskom GMTN Programme, South Africa
Representation of Eskom Holdings SOC Limited, as issuer, in the establishment of its US$4 billion Global Medium Term Note Programme and the inaugural issuance of US$1 billion 6.750% notes due 2023, under the Programme. We subsequently  advised on the update of the programme and the issue of US$1.25 billion 7.125% Reg S/144A Notes due 11 February 2025.

Victory in long-running International Chamber of Commerce arbitration
In a politically charged US$1 billion dispute relating to public works that had remained unpaid for 30 years, we obtained an award of €550 million, plus costs, for Commisimpex against the Republic of the Congo in 2016. France's highest court then upheld the award, ending the substantive phases of a €1 billion worldwide dispute spanning more than three decades.

Telecommunication financing and refinancing, DRC, Gambia, Sierra Leone and Uganda
Representation of Deutsche Bank AG in relation to a US$150 million term loan facility to an African telecommunications company as borrower. The facility was supported by security in a number of different jurisdictions, including DRC, Gambia, Sierra Leone and Uganda. We are also currently acting for the lenders on a subsequent US$200 million refinancing.

Rand Merchant Insurance Holdings Limited
Representation of Rand Merchant Insurance Holdings Limited in the ZAR 9 billion funding of its acquisition of 30% of Hastings PLC. The funding encompassed notes and preference shares issued pursuant to its domestic medium term note program and a term loan. 

Digital Terrestrial Television network solution, Ghana
Representation of the Ghanaian Ministry of Communications in an ICC arbitration under Ghanaian law concerning the supply and installation of a Digital Terrestrial Television network solution in Ghana. 

HTN Towers, Nigeria
Representation of the seller, HTN Towers plc (a portfolio company of Helios Investment Partners), in relation to a sale of HTN to IHS Nigeria.