Chris Moraitis

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Director, Head of Infrastructure, Energy & Projects practice

Location: Johannesburg

Tel: +27 11 535 8271

Fax: +27 11 535 8771

Email: cmoraitis@werksmans.com

ABOUT

Director Chris Moraitis is Head of the Infrastructure, Energy & Projects practice area, extending his expertise to the Banking & Finance; Construction & Engineering; Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions; and Financial Services Regulation practice areas. Chris is a highly-skilled specialist able to advise across a broad range of regulatory and financing transactions – from debt capital market offerings and the regulatory aspects of banking; to project and limited recourse financing. He also advises on aspects relating to public-private partnerships and infrastructure projects; including the construction and environmental aspects thereof.

  • Banking & Finance
  • Construction & Engineering
  • Infrastructure, Energy & Projects
  • mergers and acquisitions
  • project finance and infrastructure
  • corporate finance
  • construction & engineering agreements
  • energy agreements
  • Regulatory and financing transactions
  • Debt capital market offerings 
  • Regulatory aspects of banking
  • Project and limited recourse financing
  • Aspects relating to public private partnerships
  • Aspects of infrastructure projects, including the construction and environmental aspects thereof

 

  • 1992: BA (University of the Witwatersrand)
  • 1994: LLB (University of the Witwatersrand)
  • 2014: Director, Werksmans

 

  • Represented the South African Reserve Bank in the Rand Commission of Inquiry and with regard to the 2003 Taxation and Exchange Control Amnesty; the amendment to the South African Reserve Bank Act in 2010 to address, inter alia, shareholding in the SARB and the functions and powers of the Board of the SARB; the amendment, in 2010, to the Exchange Control Regulations of 1961 to address administrative relief (Regulation 4); and the Voluntary Disclosure Programme regarding regulation of Exchange Control contraventions
  • Represented the South African Reserve Bank and the Commission of Inquiry appointed under Section 69A of the Banks Act, in the investigation into the affairs of African Bank
  • Represented the South African Reserve Bank in the transaction relating to the restructuring of African Bank and the formation of "Good Bank"
  • Represented the concessionaire in the N3 Toll Road concession project and in the ZAR750 million preference share issue concluded in 2008
  • Represented the South African National Roads Agency in the N4 Bakwena Toll Road concession project and refinancing concluded in 2009
  • Represented the South African National Roads Agency in the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project as well as the procurement of an open road tolling system and a national transaction clearing house
  • Represented the South African National Roads Agency in relation to the establishment of an unsecured ZAR15 billion Domestic Medium Term Note Programme and a guaranteed ZAR32 billion Domestic Medium Term Note Programme
  • Advised the Overberg Consortium in respect of their bid for the design, construction, finance, operation and maintenance of national Route 1 (Old Oak interchange to Sandhills) and National Route 2 (Swartklip interchange to Botrivier as a toll highway, including associated  facilities and developments under a concession contract
  • Represented various consortia in 2010 to 2016 in relation to the Department of Energy of the Republic of South Africa's IPP program relating to new power generation facilities 
  • Represented the Lesedi and Letsatsi Power Companies, in 2011 and 2012 (Round 1 Projects), in respect of their two 75MW Solar PV Projects, in relation to the Department of Energy of the Republic of South Africa’s IPP program relating to new power generation facilities, and the achieving of Financial Close in respect of these Projects
  • Represented the Jasper Power Company in respect of its 75MW Solar PV Project, in 2012 and 2013 (Round II Project), in relation to the Department of Energy of the Republic of South Africa’s IPP program relating to new power generation facilities, and the achieving of Financial Close in respect of this Project
  • Represented a consortia led by WBHO Construction Proprietary Limited (in 2013 and 2014) in respect of its design, construction, finance, operation and maintenance of an accommodation project for Statistics South Africa
  • Named as a recommend lawyer in Legal Who's Who (Government Contracts)
  • Ranked as a leading practitioner for Projects & Infrastructure by The Legal500 (2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019)
  • Ranked as a leading practitioner for Projects & Energy by Chambers Global (2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019) 
  • Named as a recommend lawyer by Best Lawyers
  • Ranked as a "highly regarded" practitioner for Energy and Infrastructure, Project Development and Project Finance in IFLR1000 (2018).