Metja Ledwaba

I have since 2001 been involved in major infrastructure projects advising project initiators, largely government institutions on, rail and general infrastructure Projects. Major Projects include the Gautrain Rapid Rail Project, Independent Power Producer Projects (IPPs) in the energy sector and office accommodation projects.

I have prior to 2001 to date also been involved in corporate restructuring projects, major acquisitions, commercial and construction dispute resolutions and litigation.

As part of advising on major infrastructure and other government procurement project, I have also developed a sound practice and templates for advise on BBBEE and Local Content requirement and achievements in government procurement

I also provide advice and assistance to clients on implementation of major infrastructure projects.

Firm Overview:

Based in Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria, Ledwaba Mazwai is a motivated and hardworking team of lawyers, administrative and support staff. We are committed to providing services of consistent high professional standards without compromising on the quality of our work and commitment to our clients. Ledwaba Mazwai was established in 1996 in pursuit of the ideal to build a successful black commercial law firm. Today, our firm has become a symbol of pride, excellence and the capabilities of black legal practitioners as a collective.

In the early nineties, as a result of the marginalisation and discriminatory practices that are part of our history, black lawyers in South Africa were confined to the areas of matrimonial law, criminal law and personal injury matters. Despite these challenges, two young law students shared an aspiration of creating a black-owned and operated commercial law firm – a pioneering firm that would provide an uncompromised standard of commercial legal services to compete with the established white law firms of the time.

Two young visionaries, Metja Ledwaba and Lungile Mazwai, were determined to establish what would become a dynamic law firm, in order to showcase the capabilities and excellence of black legal practitioners in areas of legal practice they were historically excluded from. It was this ideal that saw the founding partners of Ledwaba Mazwai receiving their training in established law firms. This would give them a solid grounding in commercial law practice and in managing and providing legal services to government, institutional and corporate clients.

Our Achievements:

Since the launch of our firm in 1996, we have:

  • developed an excellent track record in providing legal services to corporate, institutional, public sector and Government in the areas of law in which we practice;
    developed a solid practice in general commercial law, commercial litigation, labour law, tax, administrative and constitutional law;
    become one of the leading law firms in major infrastructure projects including those carried out as Public Private Partnership and Independent Power Producer projects;
    had opportunity to advise on project finance, structured finance and corporate finance transactions, largely in Public Private Partnership and Independent Power Producer projects;
    advised a number of our development finance institution clients, on various lending transactions, where equity and/or debt was advanced;
    also had opportunity and experience to advise on bond issues for a national South African power utility..
    developed templates for and advising in the BBBEE, Local Content and Skills Development (“Economic Development”) in major infrastructure and other procurement programmes for Public Sector;
    assisted in developing and taking to market of major projects for Government, in relation to restructuring of state-owned enterprises, Public Private Partnerships, Independent Power Producer projects and other infrastructure development projects. These include services provided to government departments locally and in the SADC region;
    attained a good standing and reputation with professional service providers in other professional disciplines, with whom we worked on major projects, for our ability to successfully interface the finance, technical and legal matters through the project documents;
    developed and secured the technology, professional and support staff to service our clients;
    provided empowering and dynamic general legal services to state-owned enterprises; and
    become a symbol of pride and aspiration for black legal practitioners in the areas of our expertise.

Richard Mugisha

Mr. Richard Mugisha holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (BA), a Bachelor of Laws degree(LLB) from the University of Lesotho in 1994 and Master of Laws (LLM) from New York University.

He is the Senior Partner of the firm that he founded in 2004. Formerly, he was the Manager, Procurement Policy and Legal affairs at the Rwanda National Tender Board for over five years. In the academic domain, he has taught and conducted tutorials at the University of Rwanda and Kigali Institute of Management, Science and Technology

He has led numerous assignments in Energy, Infrastructure & Mining as well as Banking and Finance and has been at the forefront of almost all the privatization deals in Rwanda.

He is cited by Chambers & Partners as a band 1 Attorney who is “go-to lawyer and a great negotiator” and “a leading Lawyer” by IFLR1000 legal directories.

He is the current President of the East African Law Society (EALS). He is also the former Chairman of the Business Law Reform Commission which reviewed all legislation affecting the commercial environment in Rwanda and serves on various National Committees, foundations and Company Boards in Rwanda.

He is a member of the Rwanda Bar Association & the East African Law Society, He is also a fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative and the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

He is a native speaker of Kinyarwanda, has excellent command of English and a working knowledge of French.

Firm Overview:

Trust Law Chambers is a leading corporate and commercial law firm in Rwanda that has been providing world class legal advice and transaction services to a wide range of international and local clients since 2004.

Through our associations, we are integrated into an international network of leading law firms across the world.

This enables us to combine international best practices with our thorough knowledge of the Rwanda legal system and current government strategy to provide the most appropriate counsel.

Chris Bennett

Chris Bennett is our exclusively recommended PPP Law expert in Canada on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Chris directly using the contact details listed above.

Chris’ practice focuses on financial services with an emphasis on project finance, public-private partnerships, infrastructure and structured finance. Chris has extensive experience acting for domestic and international lenders, developers, equity sponsors and other participants in connection with complex project financings in many Canadian jurisdictions.

He has led major transactions in a variety of industry sectors and asset classes, including social infrastructure, transportation, electricity and renewable energy. Chris’ experience includes a number of innovative project financings, including the first major healthcare P3 transaction in Canada to reach financial close, the first Canadian domestic monoline wrapped bank financing and the first combined bank-bond transportation project.

He has represented all major categories of project finance lenders in the Canadian market, including domestic and foreign banks, private placement investors and bond underwriters.

Chris Bennett has spoken and written extensively on matters relating to project finance and public-private partnerships, including co-developing two courses on the law and policy of private partnerships at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, of which he has been a member of the adjunct faculty since 2007.

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Takao Higuchi

Takao Higuchi is our exclusively recommended PPP Law expert in Japan on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Takao directly using the contact details listed above.

Takao is a partner at Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu.

Mr. Higuchi graduated with an LL.B. from the University of Tokyo in 1987 and with an LL.M. from Columbia Law School in 1995.

He was admitted to practice law in Japan in 1989. He worked at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP in New York and Linklaters & Paines in London as a visiting attorney.

He specialises in banking, energy, infrastructure and other projects and project finance.

Firm Overview:

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu was established in 2000 with the philosophy of addressing legal issues arising out of the increasingly complex global business community by combining the individual talents of our lawyers to offer legal services of the highest quality.

We have grown to meet the expanding demand for legal services in the corporate legal field.

In recent years, socio-economic conditions, the international situation, and other aspects of the corporate climate have been undergoing significant changes at an accelerated pace. As a result, the legal services required by both domestic and foreign businesses have become progressively more complex and sophisticated.

The number of large-scale transactions requiring cutting-edge legal expertise and broad experience across multiple practice areas, as well as those requiring global support across many regions is also increasing considerably.

Emerging global issues, such as the expansion of the digital space, environmental concerns, and human rights issues, coupled with a growing awareness of compliance are significantly influencing corporate decision-making.

Against this background, in order to meet the diverse needs of our clients, it is imperative that we form flexible teams of lawyers with extensive expertise and experience covering a wide range of legal specialty areas that collaborate to handle cases expeditiously and efficiently.

Our lawyers are knowledgeable and experienced in the major areas of corporate legal practice, and we are well positioned to efficiently provide high quality legal services through the cooperation of many lawyers across different practice areas.