The development and financing of complex energy projects demand a forward thinking and multidisciplinary approach. Aina Blankson’s seasoned attorneys build on the Firm’s strengths to fashion creative solutions that meet the clients’ objectives. Our legal teams are built with a multidisciplinary skill set covering all the areas required to provide comprehensive and in-depth professional services for power and natural resource projects from beginning to end. We advocate for and advise on progressive energy policies; assist clients in structuring and securing finance, negotiating complex industry agreements, acquisitions/dispositions; and provide counsel on cutting-edge tax matters. Irrespective of the project, Aina Blankson has the experience, capabilities and commercial approach to guide clients through today’s dynamic energy environment.

With clients in power and renewable energy, mining, petroleum and gas industries providing the Firm’s energy practice with international recognition, we also advise project sponsors, institutional investors, developers, commercial financial institutions, governments and regulatory bodies towards optimizing their vested interests. We are known for our ability to provide support from project initiation to execution and throughout the lifespan of a project, anticipating pitfalls and regional nuances to ensure a project’s success.  Our clients receive coordinated, across-the-board coverage for all their professional needs, including advice on corporate, regulatory, contractual, litigation and alternative dispute resolution and tax issues.

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Our dedicated team of oil & gas lawyers have considerable experience advising clients on complex legal, financial and commercial issues across all areas of the oil and gas industry; from major international oil companies and burgeoning independents engaged in exploration and production to clients engaged in oilfield servicing, refining, trading, storage and distribution, we offer a depth of resource, local expertise and commitment to key oil and gas players. We provide guidance on the contractual and fiscal aspects of the oil & gas industry including production sharing contracts (PSCs), joint venture agreements (JVAs), joint operating agreements (JOAs), asset sale and purchase, financings, farm-ins and farm-outs. We also have market leading project finance experience of the full range of oil and gas transactions.

Aina Blankson works closely with clients to navigate through legal and regulatory challenges in the complex and evolving power market whilst also offering legal advisory support in all aspects of the financing of power projects, engineering, procurement and construction and operation and maintenance. Our detailed understanding of the different segments of the electricity industry allows us to provide comprehensive advice and identify risks pertinent to developers, off-takers and lenders and proven mitigating solutions. Thinking laterally and with rich industry knowledge, we address the myriad of complex issues facing any power project from conception to execution. We provide a full spectrum of legal services to key power sector participants including project sponsors, investment funds, financial institutions, contractors, off-takers and fuel suppliers.


Aina Blankson’s team of environment solicitors provide specialist legal advice on a wide range of transactional work where environmental issues are dominant. Our clients include land developers, academic and health care institutions, heavy manufacturers, energy companies, banks, and other financial institutions. We are in-tune with changing public sector pressures and increasing emphasis on becoming better environmental citizens whilst balancing commercial interests and demands. We have demonstrated an affinity for managing compliance issues and keeping abreast of regulatory changes without compromising business goals.

Our ground-breaking work in environmental management systems has changed the way people think about infrastructure project management and strategic management of environmental health and safety systems, including ISO 14001, the international standard. We are also industry leaders in brownfields redevelopment, reclaiming land once thought to be too toxic to use profitably. We are also known for the successful completion of corporate transactions, despite complex environmental concerns.


Our energy team has the depth of resource and quality of experience in providing legal support for renewable energy projects including financing of renewable energy assets, regulatory advice and providing assistance in the drafting and negotiation of a broad range of commercial agreements such as Engineering Procurement and Construction Contracts, Operation & Maintenance Agreements, Power Purchase Agreements and other Off-take Agreements.


Aina Blankson’s attorneys can boast of vast experience within this nascent sector advising pioneer enterprises and financial investors on a range of complex transactions in Nigeria’s mining sector. Our clients benefit from our comprehensive mining sector expertise particularly in the fields of tax and environmental law, project development and finance, policy, trade and dispute resolution. The combination of our experience cuts across the full life cycle of a mining project – from acquisition and financing to expansion and disposal. We provide comprehensive understanding of the mining sector; remain at the forefront of policy reform and the likely issues and solutions that arise in a wide variety of mining transactions.


Increased globalization of the energy sector has made dispute avoidance and resolution strategies increasingly important for mitigating risk. Our energy disputes Attorneys have acute insight into the energy sector’s dynamics, challenges and risks and an unrivalled understanding of the commercial context in which energy disputes arise. We have an outstanding record assisting our clients in primarily avoiding or resolving disputes and regulatory issues through negotiation, mediation, arbitration and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. We frequently advise clients on preemptive strategies to minimize risk and avoid expensive litigation.


Contact

Olayinka Olojede-James

Email: o.olojede-james@ainablankson.com

Abisola Olusoga

Email: a.olusoga@ainablankson.com