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Guillaume P. Blanc is an executive in ENSafrica’s project development and project finance department. He specialises in project acquisition, development and finance, as well as energy, utilities, mining and petroleum law.
Guillaume has gained more than 20 years of experience in law firms in Africa (South Africa and Mauritius), Europe (London and Paris) and the Asia-Pacific (Sydney, Perth, and a secondment in Shanghai).
He has advised clients in developing markets on the acquisition, financing and development of energy, water, oil, gas and mining projects across many jurisdictions, in particular:
- Latin America (French Guiana, Brazil)
- Europe (France, Spain and Luxemburg)
- Africa (Algeria, Morocco, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Guinea, Gabon, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, DRC, Burundi, Djibouti, Madagascar, Angola, Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe); and
- the Asia-Pacific area (China, Mongolia, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, the Solomon Islands and New Caledonia).
Guillaume’s energy and natural resources law experience includes advising clients on the legislative and regulatory framework and permitting process relevant to corporate and property acquisitions relating to energy and natural resources, conducting acquisition due diligence investigations in respect of energy, oil and gas and mineral companies, properties, tenements and assets, advising on exploration and production agreements, production and supply agreements, off-take agreements, and/or other contractual matters.
His project acquisition, development and finance experience includes acquisition due diligence investigations in respect of project companies or project assets, project structuring, project-related regulatory and legislative advice, project sponsorship, ownership and financing, project finance, project development and procurement. His experience covers the following phases of the project acquisition, development and financing lifecycle:
- advising on project acquisition, ownership and development
- completing acquisition due diligence investigations in respect of project companies, project assets, properties and tenements, including providing legal opinions and title reports
- drafting, negotiating and managing government support and participation structures, investment incentives and permitting/regulatory processes and applications
- drafting, negotiating, reviewing and amending project development agreements (including concessions, joint-development or production agreements, joint-operating agreements, off-take agreements, and exiting agreements)
- drafting, negotiating, reviewing and amending financing agreements, including loan agreements, project finance lending agreements, sponsor support and security packages.
Guillaume has acted as legal counsel to project owners, sponsors and lenders. In addition, he has advised governments (China, Vietnam and Morocco) and international development institutions (the World Bank, AusAID, CIDA, ABD and the EU) on the reform of mineral/energy legislation and public administrations, as well as on the privatisation of state-owned oil, electricity or water production and distribution operators (Morocco, Gabon, Burundi, Cameroon and Djibouti).
ENSafrica’s Mining Law Practice:
ENSafrica’s mining team offers clients comprehensive 360° assistance with all of their mining-related legal matters throughout Africa.
As Africa’s largest law firm, coupled with the vast experience and expertise of its practitioners, the firm’s multi-disciplinary and tailor-made team of experts is best placed to find the most suitable solution for each client’s particular matter across the spectrum of legal services in the mining sector, including mining law, mine and occupational health and safety, project development and project finance, resource finance, mergers and acquisitions, environment, tax, regulatory, business rescue and insolvency, and any other relevant area.
The firm has a solid reputation in industry transactions, having acted for local and international clients throughout Africa on a number of large, high-profile mining transactions, as well as assisting in establishing in-country and cross-border operations throughout Africa, and with all aspects of regulatory compliance, mining and mineral titles, due diligence, mineral royalties, mining tax, access to mines and surface use issues, mining-related disputes and litigation, and administrative and constitutional law issues.
ENSafrica is Africa’s largest law firm, with over 600 practitioners, and 100 years of experience in high-level, complex commercial work. The firm’s focus is on “what’s best for the client” and striving for excellence, in both offering and service. ENSafrica is committed to providing clients with cost-effective outcomes by ensuring work is done at the right level, and in the manner that best suits clients’ preferences and pricing structures.
ENSafrica is an independent law firm with fully integrated offices across Southern, West and East Africa and Mauritius. The firm offers clients many years’ accumulated know-how and solid experience, whether doing business in-country or cross-continent, helping to minimise risk and leverage business opportunities across Africa.
ENSafrica has lawyers qualified to practise English, French and OHADA law, as well as practitioners who are fluent in African and international languages, including Mandarin, Cantonese, French, Portuguese and Swahili. The firm also has dedicated China and India practice groups, which focus on the African strategies of these countries.
Through the financial services centre of Mauritius, ENSafrica also offers a unique possibility to integrate all aspects of structuring clients’ investments in relation to all commercial areas of law, tax, IP and fiduciary.