Demand for rail and rolling stock investment continues to show significant growth in South Africa as well as on the Continent as a whole. Governments increasingly recognise the economic, social and environmental benefits that sophisticated, efficient and modern rail solutions can provide.
Webber Wentzel has a unique and market leading Rail Infrastructure and Rolling Stock Finance Practice, focussing on providing legal advice to a varied and wide range of clients within the rail industry. The team consists of recognised leaders in their field including lawyers and solicitors with South African and international qualifications and experience. The team has advised clients on rolling stock procurement, financing, leasing and maintenance transactions as well as rail infrastructure and Public Private Partnership (PPP) transactions in South Africa and across the African Continent.
The team advises and works with Train Operating Companies (TOCs), Rolling Stock Companies (ROSCOs), financiers, export credit agencies, manufacturers, governments, state owned entities and various public and other regulatory bodies, on all aspects of the rail industry.
The increasing demand for project finance and PPP expertise within the rail industry has meant that we have developed and expanded our Africa as well as Project Finance Practices to service this industry throughout the Continent on rail project finance work.
Our team's in depth and specialist knowledge enables us to advise on all aspects of rail transactions, from the origination of an enabling regulatory environment, to land acquisition, rail infrastructure development and finally to the procurement of rolling stock including the financing, leasing and maintenance arrangements in connection with such procurements.
To provide our clients with a seamless product offering, the rail team has access to and utilises the resources of other specialists within the firm (such as mining and tax) as well as our extended network of lawyers across Africa that form part of the ALN Group.