Senior Partner


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Highly regarded


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Practice areas:

Project development
Project finance

Industry sectors:

Natural resources
Social infrastructure

Charles is the Senior Partner of the firm with over 24 years’ experience in energy, mining, and infrastructure, as well as corporate, banking and finance law. He is also recognized as a national expert on mining law in Zambia, advising companies including First Quantum Minerals, Rio Tinto, Barrick Gold, ENRC, Vale, Albidon, Blackthorn Resources, Berkley Mineral Resources, RTG Mining, Trident Resources Plc and others on all aspects of their business.

In terms of infrastructure Charles is the lead adviser on the compact between Zambia and the United States of America for the Millennium Challenge Corporation with respect to various large scale infrastructure project including the Lusaka City water reticulation project.
His experience in the energy sector has enabled him to advise on major projects for clients like Zambezi River Authority, Africa GreenCo Group, Scatec Solar AS, CrossBounadry Energy, ENI and others on all aspects of their business.

Charles has been very instrumental on most of the country’s pioneering projects in the renewable energy space from project structuring to development and implementation. He advised the International Finance Corporation on the first ever grid scale solar projects in Zambia for 50 MW and 40 MW respectively in Lusaka with a total project value in excess of USD100 Million. He also advised Scatec Solar in a transaction that involved the acquisition of 100% shares in SN Power for a total equity value of USD 1.166 Billion. This transaction is expected to transform Scatec Solar into a global leader in the renewable energy sector. He is also advising the Zambezi River Authority (ZRA), a corporation jointly and equally owned by the governments of Zambia and Zimbabwe, in relation to the development of a 2400 MW cross-border hydroelectric project on a build-operate-transfer basis.

Charles also has extensive experience in project finance (including rail, power and infrastructure projects), as well as banking and financing matters. He has had extensive involvement in co-location projects including BOOT, PPP, and BOO transactions.

Charles is a major contributor to various legal guides including the 2020 International Comparative Legal Guides to: Mining; and the LEX Africa Guide to Mining Regimes in Africa., which provides a valuable and practical summary of Mining Laws in various African jurisdictions.

Charles also extensively writes on Mining, notably, he authored the Zambia chapter of 2020 edition Getting the Deal Through – Mining; and regularly contributes to the Official Mining in Africa Country Investment Guide. He was recently recognised by the World Bank Group for his contribution to the Women, Business and the Law 2021 Report

Charles is an advocate of the Superior Courts of Zambia, a member of the International Bar Association and Law Association of Zambia.

  • Advised a syndicate of lenders including the African Development Bank, Development Bank of Southern Africa, and Proparco in relation to the USD 142 million project financing of the proposed construction, operation, and maintenance of the 120 MW ITezhi-Tezhi Hydro Power and Transmission Line Project.
  • Advisor to WBHO Construction (PTY) Limited – Zambia, in relation to the USD1.2 billion North West Rail Line Project (Development, construction and operation of a 580-kilometre railway line that will link the country’s copper mines such as Barrick Gold Lumwana mine and First Quantum’s Kansanshi and Kalumbila mine to Chingola to facilitate the movement of copper and copper-related cargo).
  • Advised the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited in relation to a USD 104,009,785.90 Buyer Credit Agreement granted to the Government of the Republic of Zambia for the construction of Mfuwe International Airport.
  • Advised EMR Capital Bidco Limited (“EMR”), in relation to disposal of their 80 percent indirect joint venture stake in Zambia’s Lubambe Copper Mine to a specialist resources private equity management firm, for USD97.1 million in cash.
  • Advised International Finance Corporation, of the World Bank Group, in relation to a loan facility for an amount of USD 49.9 million. The loan facility is intended to finance the development and operation of a solar PV power plant with a generating capacity of at least 47.5MW (AC) in the Lusaka South Multi-Facility Economic Zone and the development of the interconnection facilities.

  • M&A
  • Project finance
  • Real estate finance
  • Project development

  • Construction and materials
  • Energy
  • Oil and gas
  • Natural resources
  • Mining

  • Advocate of the Superior Courts of Zambia

  • Member of the International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Member of the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ)

  • MSc Finance and Financial Law, University of London, 2010
  • Legal Practitioners Qualifiers Examination, Zambia Institute of Advanced Legal Education, 1998
  • LLB University of Zambia, 1996