Charles Marais

Charles Marais


Email charles.marais@​

Phone +27 11 052 6128

Fax +27 86 639 5629

LanguagesEnglish, Afrikaans

Practice groupCorporate & Finance

A former merchant banker, Charles Marais has experience in all aspects of project finance, and has been instrumental in the successful closure of projects in virtually all areas of economic activity. As a result, he has an in-depth understanding of project structuring and financing, with a particular emphasis on PPPs.

Charles has extensive advisory and drafting experience in the finance, energy, mining, construction and infrastructure sectors. 

Awards and recognitions


"Notable practitioner"


Legal 500 Projects & Energy

Education and admissions


BIuris, University of Pretoria

HDip Financial Markets & Instruments, Academy of Financial Markets

HDip Tax, University of the Witwatersrand

Court admissions

South Africa

Related knowledge

Africa Power

Representative experience

Advisor to Ilangalethu Solar Power, a company developing a 100 MW CSP plant in terms of the South African Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP).

Advisor to Australian Riversdale Mining regarding the establishment of a discard coal-fired power station in Mozambique, including drafting various agreements relating thereto.

Part of the advisory team to Zesco (Zambia) on the Kariba North Bank extension hydro-electric project and the Itezhi-Tezhi hydro-electric project (Zambia).

Advisor to ENMO Independent Power Project on the establishment of an independent power project in Mozambique, including negotiation of a Concession Agreement with the government.

Evaluation, negotiation and conclusion of documentation for a correctional services project, two platinum mines, and two casinos.

Limpopo-Lipadi Game Reserve (Botswana): Negotiation of land acquisition, preparation of documents for an eco-tourist project, and negotiation of project roll-out term loan with DBSA.

Drafting of mining agreements, electricity supply agreement, various logistic agreements, construction and related agreements for a manganese mine in South Africa.

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