Brigette Baillie is a partner and head of the Project Development and Finance Practice at Webber Wentzel. She is experienced in the areas of non-recourse and limited recourse financing, structuring of projects, as well as corporate and equity finance. Brigette has expertise in respect of concession and PPP agreements, PPAs, construction contracts from standard form FIDIC and NEC contracts to bespoke construction, EPC and EPCM contracts, as well as the operation and maintenance contracts across a wide spectrum of sectors. Her experience in financing ranges from general banking facilities to limited or non-recourse financing to preference share and other corporate financings and equity acquisition financings.
Areas of expertise
Project finance and PPP, including energy, resources, infrastructure, utilities and water
Finance documents and project documents for lenders (including DFIs), borrowers and sponsors
All types of finance used for project finance
Advising the Lenders on the financing of the development of Kalagadi Manganese's mine and smelter.
Advising Standard Bank and Standard Chartered on the new financing for Konkola Copper Mine.
Advising Absa Bank Limited in the provision of limited recourse financing to Continental Coal Limited and Penumbra Coal (Propriety) Limited in respect of the expansion and development of the coal mining activities.
Advising the South African government in respect of standardised PPAs and regulations for the procurement of IPPs.
Advising the South African government in respect of the procurement of the REFIT IPPs.
Advising a consortium comprised of Old Mutual, a consortium of Israeli entities, Sanlam and Nedbank in respect of the ECIC backed financing of the BeitBridge Border Post Concession in Zimbabwe and on related matters.
Advising Group Five, Strabag and Intertoll in respect of the Road Decongestion Program PPP Project in Mauritius.
Advising Grinaker LTA Imvelo Consortium on the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT) Accommodation PPPas preferred bidder.
Advising Companhia Moçambicana de Hidrocarbonetos, SARL in respect of the raising of additional debt in respect of the financing of its share of the expansion of its gas joint venture with Sasol Petroleum Temane at the Pande and Temane gas fields in Mozambique.
Advising the Zimhighways Consortium in respect of the Harare-Beit Bridge Highway toll road concession in Zimbabwe.
Advising Standard Bank and Nedbank in respect of the debt facilities required to finance the development and exploitation of the Dangote Sephaku limestone quarry and development of a cement plant.
Advising Nedbank is respect of the debt facilities required to finance the development and exploitation of Mamba limestone quarry and development of a cement plant located in the Limpopo Province.
Advising the Morupule Colliery Limited on its raising of limited recourse financed debt in Botswana in respect of the expansion of their colliery.
Advising Rand Merchant Bank and Standard Bank in the provision by them of limited recourse financing to United Manganese of Kalahari.
Advising Standard Bank in respect of the provision of acquisition finance to Mmakau Tubatse and Marula Community Trust in respect of Marula Platinum.
Commenting on the REFIT PPA on behalf of Absa Capital, Investec, Nedbank, RMB and Standard Bank.
Advising the borrower in respect of the Mostazal casino project financing in Chile.
Advising Pan African Infrastructure Development Fund (PAIDF) in respect of their acquisition of equity in TAV Tunisie, the company granted two airport concessions in Tunisia.
Advising Bombela Consortium as concessionaire for the Gautrain Rapid Light Rail.
Advised the lenders to the Imbumba-Aganang Consortium as preferred bidder in respect of the Department of Foreign Affairs Accommodation PPP.
Advised the lenders to Bloemfontein Correctional Contracts in respect of the first prison PPP in South Africa.
Advising Pilanesberg Platinum Mine in respect of its bridge financing and its project financing.
Advising the lenders to the preferred bidder in respect of the Department of Foreign Affairs Accommodation PPP.
Advising Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire in respect of its refinancing of its limited recourse financing.
Acted as South African legal counsel in respect of the provision of finance to a company owned by the Government of Mozambique in respect of the acquisition of equity in Hidroelectricia de Cahora Bassa.
Acting as South African legal counsel for the Lenders in respect of the project financing of CIC's Mmamabula coalfield development and coal fired independent power plant project.
Acted as South African legal counsel to the Lenders to the Sasol Mozambique Gas Field and Pipeline project and now advising on the restructuring and increase in the debt.
Acted for the lenders in respect of the provision of finance to a company owned by the Government of Mozambique in respect of the acquisition of equity in the Sasol Mozambique Pipeline company ROMPCO.
Advising the lenders in respect of the restructuring and refinancing of the Sasol Mozambique Pipeline Company, ROMPCO.
Listed as a leading lawyer in South Africa (Projects: Project Finance/PPP, 2012 - 2011) and in Africa and South Africa (Projects & Energy, 2012) by Chambers Global.
Nominated by in-house counsel and peers to appear in the Guide to the World's Leading Project Finance Lawyers (7th edition).
Nominated for inclusion in the inaugural Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law 2010 - 2012 in the field of Banking & Finance.
Listed as a leading lawyer in the field of Banking & Project Finance by IFLR1000 2006-2012.
Listed by Legal Experts EMEA as an expert in her field 2012 -2013.
According to Legal 500, in the area of Banking and Finance: "In Brigette Baillie, Webber Wentzel has a first-class practitioner" and "the firm often attracts major mandates in the banking sector"; in Project Finance, "Webber Wentzel has one of the country's top projects practices, and in Brigette Baillie an internationally renowned practitioner".
Highlighted as a 'legal expert' in the areas of Banking & Finance and Projects & Infrastructure by Legal Experts – Europe, Middle East & Africa 2011 a legal business report for Legal 500.
Endorsed as a leading lawyer in the fields of Energy and Banking & Finance by PLC Which Lawyer? 2008-2011.
Advised on the ROMPCO deal which was named African Oil and Gas Deal of the Year 2011 by Project Finance.
Named as a leading lawyer in the fields of Banking (2006, 2008-2012), Project Finance (2009, 2010 and 2012) and Public Procurement (2012) by The International Who's Who.