Jason van der Poel joins Allen & Overy’s Johannesburg office

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Jason van der Poel joins Allen & Overy’s Johannesburg office

Jason van der Poel has joined Allen & Overy’s Johannesburg office as a partner in A&O’s international projects, energy and infrastructure group.

Jason joins from local South African firm Webber Wentzel, where he has built an outstanding reputation as a projects practitioner.  He has advised sponsors and lenders on a wide range of projects, and has been particularly active in the South African renewable energy programmes.

Specifically Jason has advised clients on a range of project development and finance transactions, including limited recourse project financings (including energy, resources and infrastructure financings), public private partnerships (PPPs), sovereign guarantees, partnerships and joint ventures, construction and operations contracts, concession or PPP agreements, power purchase agreements, procurement, loans, bond issues and securitisations.

Jason closely follows, and advises on the developments in the electricity regulatory framework in South Africa and is advising a number of participants in the various phases of the South African Government’s Renewable Energy IPP Procurement Programme, the Small Projects IPP Procurement Programme and the upcoming procurements of natural gas, cogeneration and coal energy.

Commenting on Jason’s arrival, Co-managing partner of A&O’s South Africa office, Lionel Shawe said:

“We see significant opportunities in project development and finance both in South Africa and the wider region. Jason’s energy and infrastructure experience and client base perfectly complements our banking and finance platform in Johannesburg.”

Head of A&O’s Africa Group, Tim Scales, added:

“We have built a market-leading African projects practice with a team that is drawn from across A&O’s global network.  Jason’s arrival, together with Directors Allen Leuta and Sibusiso Zungu, gives us a fantastic platform on the ground in Johannesburg from which to help us target the exponential growth in opportunities across energy, infrastructure and natural resources, both in South Africa and elsewhere in Sub-Saharan Africa.”

Jason joined A&O’s Johannesburg office on the 1st April 2015.

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