Energy and Infrastructure

  • Overview
  • Experience
  • Case Study

Bytelex Advocates’ Energy and Infrastructure department has successfully delivered first-rate legal services in the different segments infrastructure and energy industries. We advise on energy law, infrastructure finance and more. We have provided legal advisory to entities within the energy and infrastructure sector in Uganda and Rwanda. Our advice extends to guidance on regulatory compliance requirements; project finance documentation; structuring of public-private partnerships (PPP); support for land acquisition and due diligence; review and preparation of supplier contract; and transactions.

The firm is also at the forefront of the growing renewable energy market in the region and has advised on transactions across renewable energy technologies like hydro, solar and electric motorcycle sales and assembly. The team understands the commercial, strategic, technical and geographical factors, business issues and risks that shape and impact these industries.

  • We advised Absolute Energy a mini-grid developer in respect of EPC/Turnkey contract dispute of $260,000. We conducted and completed emergency arbitration proceedings.
  • We advised Absolute Energy, an Italian based solar mini-grid developer on a quasi-equity investment structured as a sale and lease back arrangement designed to increase the installed capacity from 25kwh to 100kwh.
  • We advised Zembo `Uganda (SMC) Limited, a manufacturer of electric motorcycles, on the most appropriate transaction structure, and drafting of the Hire Purchase Agreement for sale of the motorcycles in Uganda and Battery Hire Agreement.
  • We advised an off-grid solar company on the terms of a cooperation agreement for a proposed Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement with the Kalangala District Local Government.
  • We advised Absolute Energy Africa Limited on a Sale and Leaseback arrangement in respect of a portion of a Solar PV generation plant. The Sale and Leaseback would enable the financing of the construction of the generation plant and ownership upon expiry of the lease period.
  • We advised and acted for Absolute Energy Africa Limited in respect of preparation of an application for amendment of the Licence Exemption to vary the tariff methodology in accordance with the provisions of the Electricity Act and guidelines provided by the Electricity Regulatory Authority.

Case: 

A client we have worked with several times, who doubles as one of the largest and fastest growing solar energy mini-grid companies in Uganda was faced with a need to expand their capacity from 25 kwh to 100 kwh. The client’s biggest need was maintaining a 100% ownership of their mini-grid while creating value for an investment partner that they needed on board. The client needed guidance on developing an equity free- arrangement for this investment partner. Our approach was looking into possible alternatives for renewable energy investments and the documenting of a working model. The department developed a sale & leaseback arrangement in respect of $100,000 and ensured that both parties that is, the client and the investment partner were satisfied and contented.
Insights

Renewable Energy Agenda Uganda on https://bytelexhq.com/publication/renewable-energy-agenda.