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Energy & Climate Change

South Africa

As a sponsor, lender or public sector organisation, you require legal advisers who can help you successfully handle complex energy infrastructure transactions and the financing of energy infrastructure. Whether you are in the public sector or private sector and whether you are in the electricity generation, mining, transport, health, education, waste, defense, IT/telecoms, leisure, custodial and justice, ports, rail, roads or water industries, you will get the legal advice you need from us on your energy solutions.

As Sub-Saharan Africa economies grow at greater rates of growth than most other regions, and as the growth is for the most part off a low base with little energy infrastructure, Sub-Saharan Africa is in a perfect position to embrace energy solutions which minimize its contribution to climate change.

We work in multi-disciplinary teams working closely with CMS lawyers in the rest of Africa, the United Kingdom, Western, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia. This enables us to provide our clients with proven expertise across the entire spectrum of the energy sector and to enable you to take advantage of the opportunities for energy solutions for Sub-Saharan Africa to catalyse further economic growth in the region and to meet its growing energy needs whilst minimizing the region’s contribution to climate change.

Our offering 

As we are part of CMS’ international Energy team we are able access extensive expertise and it allows for cross-border collaboration in all areas of the energy and climate change sector, including the following:

  • energy law and regulation
  • energy storage
  • energy trading & energy contracts
  • mergers and acquisitions, sales of business, sales of shares and the like
  • mining law
  • power purchase agreements
  • procurement law
  • public - private partnerships
  • renewable energy projects
  • service level agreements, construction and operation and interface agreements, management services agreements, sponsor support agreements, shareholder agreements, consortium and joint venture, agreements, feedstock agreements and off-take agreements
  • tax law
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He is a long-standing figure in the projects and energy market, well regarded for his impressive experience and ability to "make deals happen."

Chambers | Projects & Energy, South Africa, 2018
7 October 2019
CMS ex­pands in Africa
Frank­furt, 7 Oc­to­ber 2019. CMS an­nounces that RM Part­ners and Daly & In­am­dar Ad­voc­ates, based in South Africa and Kenya re­spect­ively, have today joined the lead­ing glob­al law firm. Go­ing for­ward, they...
18 December 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to re­new­able en­ergy law and reg­u­la­tion
Down­load our ded­ic­ated "Re­new­ables guide" pdf by click­ing on the link be­lowRe­new­ables guideIn­tro­duc­tionThis guide in­cludes con­tri­bu­tions from some of the most act­ive law­yers in the re­new­ables sec­tor across the globe. 2020 has been a year of un­pre­cede


08 June 2021
Out­look of en­ergy trans­ition in SA shows prom­ise
In the past dec­ade, South Africa has faced sig­ni­fic­ant chal­lenges in elec­tri­city gen­er­a­tion as a res­ult of an er­rat­ic and un­stable power sup­ply that has driv­en the coun­try’s heavy re­li­ance on fossil...
09 April 2021
Green Bonds of the DBSA sub­scribed by Agence Française de Dévelop­pe­ment
Green Bonds of the De­vel­op­ment Bank of South­ern Africa sub­scribed by Agence Française de Dévelop­pe­ment: CMS, ad­visors to the sub­scriber The De­vel­op­ment Bank of South­ern Africa (DBSA), a South Afric­an...
18 December 2020
Re­new­able en­ergy law and reg­u­la­tion in South Africa
1. Brief over­view of the re­new­ables sec­tor Eskom is South Africa’s elec­tri­city util­ity which tra­di­tion­ally has had a stat­utory mono­poly over the gen­er­a­tion, im­port and dis­tri­bu­tion of elec­tri­city...
03 August 2020
Cli­mate change tax­a­tion re­forms and in­cent­ives in South Africa
1. Has your coun­try rat­i­fied the Par­is Agree­ment? Yes, on 1 Novem­ber 2016. 2. Has your coun­try in­tro­duced en­vir­on­ment­al taxes?  Yes. 2.1 En­ergy taxes Elec­tric fil­a­ment lamps: Elec­tric fil­a­ment lamps...
29 July 2020
CMS En­ergy & Cli­mate Change Glob­al Ex­per­i­ence
With more than 450 en­ergy and cli­mate change law­yers, in­clud­ing over 100 part­ners, the CMS En­ergy and Cli­mate Change prac­tice is one of the largest of its kind in the world. Led from its Lon­don centre of ex­cel­lence, the prac­tice works across 75 of­fices glob­ally.CMS teams now work in every corner of the sec­tor across the globe to help it meet the de­mands of cli­mate change, tech­no­lo­gic­al dis­rup­tion, urb­an­isa­tion in de­vel­op­ing eco­nom­ies, so­cial con­cerns and polit­ic­al agen­das.Be­low you will find some of our ex­per­i­ence across the globe. Please get in touch with our ex­perts in your jur­is­dic­tion.Please also see our Hot Top­ics for the En­ergy Trans­ition pub­lic­a­tion.
29 July 2020
Hot Top­ics for the En­ergy Trans­ition
With more than 450 en­ergy and cli­mate change law­yers, in­clud­ing over 100 part­ners, the CMS En­ergy and Cli­mate Change prac­tice is one of the largest of its kind in the world. Led from its centres of ex­cel­lence such as Lon­don and Ab­er­deen, the prac­tice works across 75 of­fices glob­ally.Our early work in design­ing and im­ple­ment­ing mod­ern en­ergy mar­kets and sub­sequently guid­ing the sec­tor in the push to de­car­bon­isa­tion means CMS is not only a trans­ac­tion­al or pro­ject ad­viser to the sec­tor, but uniquely placed to help shape its present and fu­ture. We can help by giv­ing you our ad­vice and com­pre­hens­ive know­ledge on the top­ics lis­ted be­low.Please also see our CMS En­ergy Glob­al Ex­per­i­ence pub­lic­a­tion.