Project Finance in Sierra Leone

SIERRA LEONE Law and Practice Contributed by Garber & Co.

Garber & Co. was founded in 1972 and was known at that time as Ijesha Chambers. Upon the death of its founder, Manilius R.O. Garber, in 1989, his son, Maurice R.O. Garber returned home from New York where he was practising as an attorney to continue his practice and re-named the chambers Garber & Co. Partners are admitted to diverse jurisdictions in the UK, the USA and the Caribbean and are all licensed solicitors of the Law Society of England & Wales. Practice areas comprise civil and commercial matters and the firm specialises in all aspects of international commercial law. Of primary importance is the provision of ethical, competent, timely, reliable and seasoned legal advice and assistance to all our clients. Garber & Co has handled sophisticated project finance transactions including

representing First Bank (UK) Ltd and Afreximbank in the USD40 million construction of the Cape Sierra Hilton Hotel. We reviewed and participated in all legal aspects of the project in collaboration with international counsel and have embarked upon and been consulted on subsequent collateral refinancing transactions emanating from this project. Garber & Co also represented Caterpillar USA in meeting its due diligence requirements for the supply of USD18 million worth of earth moving equipment to an independent contractor in Sierra Leone servicing the mining sector. We have a proven track record in handling large project finance and infrastructure transactions and conducting the required due diligence needed for the consummation of such transactions and infrastructure projects.

Author

Barrister Maurice Garber

Maurice Garber is the senior partner and founder of the law firm of Garber & Co. He qualified as an English barrister in 1986, relocated to the United States and was admitted as an attorney of the State of New York in 1988 and a barrister & solicitor of the High Court of Sierra Leone in 1989. He was also admitted to the Bar of the Judicature of Jamaica, West Indies in 1992. Mr. Garber serves as City Solicitor to the Freetown City Council and is the retained lawyer for numerous clients including banks, manufacturers, insurance companies and other national and international clients. He also serves as a legal consultant to the African Development Bank, the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, Afreximbank and several other multinational institutions and international conglomerates. Mr. Garber specialises in commercial transactions and routinely acts as solicitor on project finance transactions for clients including Afreximbank, First Bank UK, and the Islamic Development Bank. He holds a Masters’ degree in international trade and maritime law from the University of London and is experienced in drafting and reviewing loan and finance instruments, employment matters, PPA’s, procurement contracts and the provision of legal opinions on complex commercial transactions and corporate issues. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitration, United Kingdom. He has represented the Sierra Leone Chamber of Commerce and the Ministry of Trade & Industry on numerous conferences within the West African region and he maintains close ties with other law firms in Nigeria, Ghana, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Law and Practice

Contributed by Garber & Co.

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