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Hugo Coetzee

Partner

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
London
EC4N 6AF
United Kingdom
Languages English

Hugo Coetzee is an Infrastructure and Energy Finance partner at CMS in London. He is the head of the global project and asset finance team of the CMS banking and finance practice area group, heads up the Africa practice at CMS UK and is a member of the CMS Africa executive committee. He has extensive experience in advising clients on strategy as well as the acquisition, development, structuring and financing of projects in the infrastructure, and energy sectors. Hugo advises clients in the UK and internationally on a wide range of innovative and complex energy and infrastructure projects representing infrastructure and renewable energy funds (equity as well as senior debt investments), developers, contractors, utilities, traditional banking institutions and public sector entities. 

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Relevant experience

  • Existing Sponsors, as well as incoming and outgoing equity in respect of a number of UK offshore wind projects including Triton Knoll, Moray and Beatrice.
  • On the project finance debt financing of a floating offshore wind farm.
  • Sponsors on the Dudgeon Offshore Wind OFTO in the UK.
  • A major international corporation with regard to their strategic joint venture investment in the wind energy market in Aragon, Spain involving substantial equity and debt financing structuring arrangements.
  • An international investor in respect of the financing and structuring aspects of their strategic joint venture in the solar industry across various jurisdictions including Spain, Mexico, UK and The Netherlands.
  • A major Utility on the debt financing of a joint venture EfW project in Northern England involving a holdco project financing structure.
  • A European Investment Bank, KFW Ipex Bank and Landesbank Hessen Thuringen as senior lenders to the Glasgow Colleges Project, a project development based on the Scottish NPD model.
  • On the financing of a proposed light rail project in Liverpool and advising a UK ROSCO on a number of rolling stock debt financings including the conclusion of a UK first maintenance inclusive “no train no pay” rolling stock leasing transaction.
  • Financial institutions and arrangers in South Africa on a number of export guarantee schemes involving the Maputo corridor and mining projects in Tanzania.
  • A Southern African financial institution on the structured financing of Government accommodation in Namibia involving the use of complex Namibian trust arrangements.
  • An Australian Project company on the structuring and funding aspects of the procurement of investment funding for a proposed Magnesium smelter project in Egypt.
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Education

  • 1992 – LLB, University of Pretoria, Pretoria
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