Unprecedented sums are required for the development and maintenance of infrastructure in Africa as rapid population growth and globalisation drive change on the continent.

It has therefore become necessary to fulfil the demand for infrastructure which has grown significantly. Closing this gap is crucial for the continent’s economic development, for the quality of life of its people, and for the growth of its business sector. Governments, financiers and project developers across the continent continue to explore innovative infrastructure project structuring, financing and project delivery solutions.

As one of the leading specialist legal advisors in the infrastructure development space in the region, ALN is at the forefront of assisting investors, government and both private and public sector actors to structure and deliver efficient and effective infrastructure development models. We have advised on landmark infrastructure projects across energy, telecommunications, transport, logistics, housing, waste management, water management and other key sectors.

Clients trust us to deliver best in class legal solutions grounded in an unmatched knowledge to local commercial, tax and political imperatives pertinent to large scale infrastructure development projects in the region.

We have full-time partners in our projects departments; an indication of the volume we are capable of handling. In addition, we have experience advising on infrastructure projects, including industrial developments, large scale housing and mixed user developments, public private partnerships, waste management, airports, railway, oil & gas delivery projects, road construction and mining. We have also advised various clients on merger and acquisition deals in this sector.

Our understanding of the key bankability issues as well as commercial drivers and structures of infrastructure projects allows us to anticipate and resolve possible risk issues efficiently. We have an excellent working relationship with several bi-lateral and multilateral financing institutions, export credit agencies, private equity financiers and commercial banks that have financed large scale projects in Africa. Further, our long-standing relationship with such institutions enables us to pre-empt and help structure projects in a manner that addresses key bankability issues of such lenders at the outset of our engagement.

We also have a productive working relationship with relevant government agencies and are able to actively engage with our countries public sectors in addressing the associated risks of private-public sector infrastructure development which is critical to the successful completion and operation of projects. Our familiarity with government processes and procedures is unparalleled. It is for this reason that we are often consulted by both governments and private institutions to lead negotiations. Accordingly, we have developed expertise handling PPP projects having worked on significant PPP and roads infrastructure deals in Africa.

Over the last decade, we have a proven track record of representing a majority of companies and investors in the continent as either lead project counsel or as co-counsel with our international law firm counterparts.

Representative transactions include advising:

  1. The East African Marine System (TEAMS)

    A consortium of East African national and international telecoms service providers and the Government of Kenya, in connection with the construction, operation and maintenance of an under-sea fiber optic cable providing telecommunication services between Mombasa, Kenya and Fujairah, UAE.

  2. Government of Mauritius

    in connection with a public private partnership (PPP) arrangement for the USD 100 million upgrading and expansion of Mauritius’ national highway road network

  3. City-Yuwa Partners

    A Japanese law firm, who have been instructed by Crown Agents, an international development company, to provide legal advisory services in respect of the development, implementation and installation of a medical and hazardous waste processing plant in Nairobi with the project being financed through a government-to-government grant made available by the Government of Japan to the Government of Kenya.

  4. Africa Finance Corporation, African Development Bank and African Export Import Bank

    In connection with debt financing for the construction of a new international airport at Bugesera in Rwanda.

  5. Kenya Airways

    In connection with the proposed concession of the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

  6. A leading French listed company

    Which focuses on the energy and environment industries, in connection with a bid relating to the construction and operation of two treatment facilities of seawater by reverse osmosis.

  7. Bechtel

    In connection with the Construction of the Nairobi – Mombasa Expressway.

  1. The Government of Mauritius

    In connection with a public private partnership (PPP) arrangement for the USD 100 million upgrading and expansion of Mauritius’ national highway road network.

  2. Siemens

    In connection with their construction of a 1000-kilometre, high voltage power transmission line linking Kenya and Ethiopia.

  3. Rift Valley Railways

    In connection with the restructuring of its 25-year concessions from the governments of Kenya and Uganda to operate the nearly 1,000-kilometre rail track linking the Indian Ocean to the interior of East Africa.

  4. Greenpark Petrochemical Company

    in connection with the USD 375 million financing for the construction of a gas-fed fertilizer plant

  5. International Finance Corporation

    In connection with the Government of Uganda’s development of a PPP governed, 77km dual carriage alternative express way between Kampala and Jinja.

  6. Mota-Engil Africa

    In connection with the development, construction, operation and maintenance of Lot 15 of the Roads Annuity Programme.