Jonathan Behr

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Director

Location: Johannesburg

Tel: +27 11 535 8252

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Email: jbehr@werksmans.com

ABOUT

Jonathan Behr is a Director in the Banking & Finance and Infrastructure, Energy & Projects practice areas. His advisory experience covers project development and financing transactions in the infrastructure and energy sectors, including renewables and conventional power transactions. Jonathan also advises clients on a range of transactional and general corporate matters, including mergers & acquisitions, due diligence investigations and joint ventures. Jonathan is widely recognised for his eminence in his field, including being recognised as a “Rising star” in Project Finance by Chambers Global (2018) and ranked as a “Highly regarded” practitioner for Energy & Infrastructure and Project Finance in IFLR1000 (2018).

  • Banking & Finance
  • Construction & Engineering
  • Infrastructure, Energy & Projects
  • Corporate
  • Infrastructure, Energy & Projects
  • Project Finance
  • Advised an investor in regard to their proposed investment in a gas to power project in Mozambique.
  • Advised Vedanta Resources plc in relation to their acquisition of Anglo American's zinc assets in South Africa and Namibia.
  • Advised various clients in respect of roof-top solar, waste to power and off-grid power projects.
  • Advised an institutional investor in respect of its equity investment in various wind and solar power projects as part of Round 4 of the South African Renewable Energy IPP Programme.
  • Advised the lenders in respect of a biomass power project in Kwazulu-Natal Province of South Africa as part of the South African Renewable Energy IPP Procurement Programme.
  • Advised the sponsors and project company in respect of the 64MW Letsatsi Solar PV Power Project and the 64MW Lesedi Solar PV Power Project.Advised the sponsors and project company in the 75MW Jasper Solar PV Power Project.
  • Advising SolarReserve in respect of the 100MW Redstone Concentrated Solar Thermal Power Project.Advised the lenders in respect of the 75MW Kathu Solar PV Project.
  • Advising the sponsors and project company in respect of a 600MW coal-fired power plant in the Limpopo Province, South Africa to be bid under the South African Coal Baseload IPP Procurement Programme.
  • Acted as project counsel in relation to the bid of a coal-fired power station in Botswana.
  • Advised an investment group in regard to their proposed investment in the coal-fired power plant and coal mine in Botswana.
  • Advised Vedanta Resources plc in relation to their acquisition of Anglo American's zinc assets in South Africa and Namibia.
  • Advised the lenders in respect of a biomass power project in Kwazulu-Natal Province of South Africa as part of the South African Renewable Energy IPP Procurement Programme.
  • Advised the sponsors and project company in respect of the 64MW Letsatsi Solar PV Power Project and the 64MW Lesedi Solar PV Power Project.
  • Advised the sponsors and project company in the 75MW Jasper Solar PV Power Project.
  • Advising SolarReserve in respect of the 100MW Redstone Concentrated Solar Thermal Power Project.
  • Advised the lenders in respect of the 75MW Building Energy S.p.A. Kathu Solar PV Project.
  • Advised the lenders in relation to the financing of Soutpan Solar Park (SunEdison) (28MW) and the financing of Witkop Solar Park (SunEdison) (30MW).
  • Advised Gestamp Eolica, Shanduka Renewable Energy and other sponsors in respect of the 75MW Nobelsfontein Wind Farm. 
  • Acted as lender's counsel in respect of the financing of the Chaba (20.6MW), Waainek (23.3MW) and Grassridge (59.8MW) wind farm projects in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa as part of Round 2 of the South African Renewable Energy IPP Programme.
  • Advising developers, lenders and contractors, inter alia, in respect of project structuring, land acquisition and use consents, financing, drafting various project agreements and other contractual arrangements in terms of South Africa's various independent power producer procurement programmes.
  • Bcom (University of Johannesburg)
  • LLB (Universtiy of Johannesburg)
  • LLM (University of Johannesburg)
  • Admitted, High Court of South Africa (2009)
  • 2015: Director, Werksmans
  • Recognised as a "rising star" in Project Finance by IFLR1000 (2017) and ranked as a "highly regarded" practitioner for Energy & Infrastructure and Project Finance in IFLR1000 (2018).
  • Ranked as "up and coming" practitioner for Infrastructure, Energy & Projects by Chambers Global (2017 - 2019).
  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Projects and Infrastructure by Legal500 (2017 and 2018).