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Maurice Katsigazi

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Maurice Katsigazi is an associate at the firm’s London office and a member of the EIR, power practice group. Mr. Katsigazi advises sponsors, investors, project companies and lenders on structures, financing agreements and commercial agreements in the respect to the development of international infrastructure (airports and pipelines), power (conventional and renewable) and upstream/midstream oil and gas projects.

Professional Background

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Katsigazi served as an associate at an international law firm in the energy & infrastructure/project finance practice group.

Power/Project Finance
  • Lead associate advising Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets on the restructuring, refinancing and recapitalisation in the first instance, and subsequently, on the proposed sale of a portfolio of gas-fired power assets in the UK.
  • Lead associate advising National Energy International Limited (NE) on the development and financing of a portfolio of solar pv projects in Greece. In particular, the advice provided has included the drafting and negotiating of a joint development agreement between NE and LG CNS.
  • Advising EDF and Centrica Plc in respect to a divestment of 49% equity stake relating to a portfolio of nuclear power assets in the UK.
  • Advising Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets on the financing and development of a greenfield 1,000MW CCGT power project in the UK.
  • Lead associate advising Acr Energy Ltd on the financing and development of a biogas power project in the UK.
  • Advising on the conversion and financing of a 592MW coal-fired power plant into a biomass and natural gas-fired power plant in Belgium.
  • Lead associate advising the governments of Zambia, Tanzania and Kenya on the proposed development of an interconnector electricity transmission line system and the ancillary trading platform across the three jurisdictions.
  • Advising sponsors on the development of a 40MW Solar PV project in Kenya. This included advising on a legal opinion in respect to English law governed documentation and qualifying from a borrower perspective, certain provisions that underpin the borrower’s obligations under the finance documentation relative to the common terms agreement prepared. The lenders include European Investment Bank and FMO.
  • Lead associate advising on the development, financing and construction of a 200MW wind farm power plant in Sudan. This included drafting and negotiating with respect to a power purchase agreement, implementation agreement and sovereign guarantee.
  • Advising a LSE listed infrastructure fund on its provision of a debt facility to a UK electricity supplier. This included drafting and negotiating with respect to the facility agreement and the underlying security documents including a debenture, direct agreement, parent company charge and a shareholder charge.
  • Advising MHI Vestas Offshore Wind UK Ltd in respect to the supply and installation of wind turbine generators for the Moray East offshore wind farm project. In particular, the advice involved drafting an advance payment bond, a performance bond and a warranty bond in favour of the counterparty (employer) to the relevant supply and installation agreement.
  • Lead associate advising the Government of the Republic of Fiji on the partial divestment of up to 49% equity stake with respect to the Fiji Electricity Authority to private investors that included drafting new primary and secondary electricity legislation, all associated licenses (including generation, transmission and distribution, and supply licenses), and an implementation agreement to facilitate such divestment and attract new independent power producers to the Fijian market.
  • Lead associate advising Solar Fluidics PTE Ltd in respect to the procuring of relevant partnerships by way of equity participation relating to the development and financing of innovative solar thermal technology. The advice has initially involved drafting four distinct non-disclosure agreements (including mutual and non-mutual versions) to ensure confidentiality between the relevant parties.
  • Advising Creyke Beck Storage Limited in relation to the financing in respect to the design, supply and commissioning of 50MW capacity of lithium ion cells for a battery storage project that included negotiating and drafting a letter of credit between the sponsor and contractor.
  • Lead associate advising a UK corporate on its incorporation, initial equity and debt contribution components and an acquisition of a subsidiary in Spain. This involved reviewing, negotiating and drafting the relevant documentation and due to the international nature of the investors involved working with our Madrid office and Thomson Geer of Australia.
  • Lead associate advising Acr Energy Ltd on its proposed all share acquisition of an energy focused corporate. The advice provided included reviewing and commenting on a draft heads of terms in respect to a share purchase agreement and subsequently advising on the share purchase agreement prepared by the seller. This also included reviewing and commenting on Asset Management and Feedstock Management Agreements.
  • Advising the Abu Dhabi Investment Council in respect to its $US200 billion merger with Mubadala Investment Company.
Up-stream Oil and Gas
  • Advising an independent oil and gas company on the prospective risks inherent in the exploration and production of hydrocarbons in the UK Continental Shelf (North Sea). In particular, this involved drafting the risk section (following a review of all material contracts including the relevant production licences, joint operating agreements and deeds of assignments) of an investment prospectus in respect of a bond issue to raise funds for the production stage of each licence (following a submission of the respective field developments plans to the Oil and Gas Authority).
Power/Project Finance
  • Advised Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets on the financing and acquisition of Severn (720MW) gas-fired power plant in the UK.
  • Advised Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets on the refinancing and on-going operations of Baglan Bay (525MW), Sutton Bridge (819MW) and Severn (720MW) gas-fired power plants in the UK.
  • Advising Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets on the acquisition and financing of a portfolio of power assets from E.ON that included the drafting and negotiation of trading agreements including an energy management services agreement.
  • Advised Norfund with regard to the proposed development and financing of a 45MW Hydropower Fula Rapids project in South Sudan. In particular, this was in respect to the implementation agreement that would form the basis of the contractual relationship between Norfund and the Government of the Republic of South Sudan.
  • Advised Solar Stream Ltd in relation to the development and financing of 2 x Solar PV 40MW power plants in Kenya.
  • Advised sponsors (including Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets) in relation to the development and financing of a brownfield 300MW coal-fired power plant in Botswana.
  • Up-stream Oil and Gas
  • Preparing a legal opinion for Total S.A in regard to the oil and gas knock-for-knock indemnification regime.
  • Mid-stream Oil and Gas
  • Advising Nabucco International Gas Pipeline International GmbH on the capacity auctioning, gas supply and compulsory land acquisitions arrangements in relation to the €5 billion, transnational, Nabucco gas pipeline.
Other Infrastructure
  • Advising an international leading airport management consultancy, on the proposed fundraising of a global airport investment fund, including drafting an information memorandum (commercial and legal sections) and investment teasers, facilitating investor introductions and negotiating NDAs.