Senior Partner - Energy, Resources and Infrastructure


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Highly regarded


Bar admissions:




Practice areas:

Project development
Project finance

Industry sectors:

Natural resources
Social infrastructure

Charles is the Senior Partner of the firm with 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 clients including First Quantum Minerals, Rio Tinto, Barrick Gold, ENRC, Vale, Albidon, Blackthorn Resources, Berkley Mineral Resources, RTG Mining, and others on all aspects of their business.

He also has extensive experience in project development and project finance including rail, power, and infrastructure. Charles has led deal teams on most of the major pioneering projects in Zambia and has extensive experience of negotiating the full suite of commercial and operational agreements required to operate resource projects, including joint venture agreements and offtake agreements. He has had extensive involvement in co-location projects including BOOT, PPP, and BOO transactions.

Charles also extensively writes on Mining, notably, he authored the Zambia chapter of 2018 edition Getting the Deal Through – Mining; and regularly contributes to the Official Mining in Africa Country Investment Guide.

  • 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.

  • Mining & Metals
  • Oil & Gas
  • Power
  • Natural Resources
  • Environment & Climate Change
  • Transport & Logistics
  • Intellectual Property
  • Infrastructure
  • Real Estate
  • Hotels & Leisure

  • Banking
  • Construction and materials
  • Energy
  • Financial services
  • Forestry
  • Government and public policy
  • Industrials
  • Mining
  • Natural resources
  • Oil and gas
  • Real estate
  • Tourism
  • Transport
  • Utilities

  • 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