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Andry O. Zinsou

Associate

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Andry O. Zinsou, an associate in Nossaman’s Infrastructure Practice Group, assists public agencies in delivering large-scale infrastructure projects through public-private partnerships (P3s) and other innovative delivery methods.  He helps draft procurement and contract documentation relating to design-build, P3 and design-build-operate-maintain agreements.  He also assists with proposer evaluation and selection processes. 

He has worked on international project development, finance and M&A deals in the U.S., Africa and Europe, advising on more than $4.5 billion in transactions.  Mr. Zinsou is also well-versed in litigation matters, having handled numerous project-related disputes in federal court and overseas.

Previously, as senior legal counsel in the worldwide Thermal Division at New York-based power company ContourGlobal, Mr. Zinsou assisted in project development and financing transactions as well as operational and corporate governance issues for 20 power plants in Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean.  Among other positions, he worked on infrastructure and project finance matters at White & Case LLP in Paris, France, and as an international associate in the Ghana office of Africa’s largest law firm, ENSafrica.

Representative Work

  • Riverside County Transportation Commission – I-15 HOT Lanes.  Member of the legal team advising on development, procurement and financing of a project to add tolled express lanes along a portion of the heavily traveled I-15 in Riverside County.  The $425 million-$450 million upgrade, which is undergoing environmental analysis, will feature 15 miles of managed lanes in the median in each direction from Cajalco Road north to SR-60.  The project is undergoing separate procurements for a toll services provider, initiated in December 2015, and a design-build contractor, launched in January 2016.  Mr. Zinsou’s role has included assisting with structuring the procurement, drafting and finalizing procurement and contract documents, and participating in the development and execution of the evaluation process.

  • San Bernardino County Transportation Authority – I-10 Corridor Contract 1 Project. Member of the legal team advising on development and procurement of a project to add tolled express lanes to a portion of I-10 in San Bernardino County.  The $430 million upgrade will feature 10 miles of managed lanes, with two tolled express lanes in each direction.  The project is undergoing separate procurements for a design-build contractor, to be launched in December 2016, and a toll services provider, to be initiated in early 2017.  Our services include advising on the structuring of the procurement, drafting of procurement and contract documents, risk analysis, federal and state requirements and developing of cooperative agreements with local and state entities.  Mr. Zinsou’s work included reviewing the RFQ documents and assisting with the preparation of the RFQ evaluation materials.

  • City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works – Advanced Water Purification Facility. Member of the legal team advising the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office with a procurement of a progressive design-build contract by the City’s Bureau of Sanitation, for an Advanced Water Purification Facility (AWPF) at the Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant (HWRP).  As part of the City's long-term water management objectives of "fully" reusing water from the HWRP, the Project is being implemented to treat and supply water to be reused at facilities operated by the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), as well as other nearby uses. The Project consists of an advanced water purification facility that will treat primary effluent from the HWRP to high-quality, nitrified­ denitrified (NDN) reclaimed water suitable for all reuse applications envisioned by LAWA. The treatment process for the proposed facility is comprised of fine screening, membrane bioreactor (MBR) treatment, reverse osmosis treatment, ultraviolet (UV)/advance oxidation processes (AOP) disinfection, and product water conditioning. The Project will result in the implementation of 1.5 to 3.0 million gallons per day (mgd) of treated water capacity, with the ability to expand to a build-out capacity of 5.0 mgd. The Project will also include a 1,000,000-gallon underground tank for storage of product water, and a 2.5 mgd (firm capacity) pump station for transfer of product water to LAWA.  Mr. Zinsou assists in preparing a risks, issues and responsibilities chart, drafting the progressive design build general conditions and agreement, participating in the preparation of the evaluation documents, and in the execution of the evaluation process.

  • International Lenders’ Consortium – Adana Health Campus Project in Turkey. Key member of the White & Case LLP team which advised an international lenders’ consortium composed of the International Finance Corporation, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, DEG, Proparco and Korea Development Bank, and a syndicate of commercial banks including BBVA, SMBC, HSBC, Siemens Bank and Deutsche Bank, on the €550 million financing of an integrated healthcare campus public-private partnership (P3) in Adana, Turkey. This is Turkey’s first P3 project. Following 36 months of construction, the project company will operate the health campus for a 25-year period with a total capacity of 1,550 beds and state-of-the-art equipment. The project fully meets EBRD's performance criteria and social and environmental guidelines of the World Bank. It is a part of the medical infrastructure modernization campaign in Turkey, with plans to create at least 24,000 hospital beds in the years ahead through public-private partnerships. Mr. Zinsou assisted with the financial due diligence report including reviewing, summarizing and analyzing the provisions of the main project documents, creating a risk matrix and providing research support.

  • International Lenders’ Consortium – Kpone Thermal Power Plant Project in Ghana. Key member of the legal team advising a South African and European Bank syndicate, in collaboration with Clifford Chance LLP, in a term loan facility of up to $900 million for the construction of a 340MW, gas and oil fired, combined cycle thermal power plant in the municipality of Kpone within the Tema industrial zone, which will become one of the main offtakers of the West Africa Gas Pipeline. Mr. Zinsou reviewed the facility agreement and all project documents (power purchase agreement, the EPC and O & M agreement, the fuel supply, storage and other long term service agreements) and assisted in providing a comprehensive report on the project with respect to legal and regulatory requirements, land acquisitions/leasing, permitting, constructions operation and maintenance.

  • ContourGlobal Cap des Biches Senegal – Cap des Biches Powerplant Rehabilitation and Expansion Project in Senegal.Leader of the legal team in charge of advising the Sponsor, ContourGlobal, a multinational U.S.-based power company, in collaboration with Norton Rose Fulbright LLP,  in the rehabilitation of a 53MW combined cycle (HFO and gas) thermal power plant and in a 33MW expansion in Cap des Biches (Senegal) bringing the installed capacity of the rehabilitated plant to 86MW.  In addition to advising on the project delivery, Mr. Zinsou’s team advised on the financing structure of a $100 million tranche A credit line to finance the rehabilitation as well as a subsequent $54 million tranche B credit line to finance the expansion.  Both financings were issued by OPIC (Overseas Private Investment Corporation) with a swap currency provided by the International Finance Corporation (IFC).  Both project procurements were conducted quasi simultaneously, with notices to proceed scheduled six months apart. This project is the largest U.S. investment in Senegal to date.  Mr. Zinsou served as the lead negotiator for ContourGlobal, and was involved in the drafting and negotiation of the project documents, the credit documentation and the contracts subject to local law.

  • Kivuwatt Ltd – Kivuwatt Power Plant Project, Operation and Extension. Key member of the legal team which advised the sponsor, ContourGlobal, in post-financial close financing and pre-operation issues related to the construction of the Kivuwatt plant, a $200 million innovative greenfield biogas­fueled (methane) power plant of 26 MW with an offshore methane gas extraction facility on Lake Kivu. The plant will reach 100 MW capacity in two phases in Kibuye, Rwanda. This innovative project will expand household access to power, lower energy costs, and reduce environmental hazards. The legal team is also advising ContourGlobal in the construction and financing of a “mini expansion” of 7MW to be financed 100% through equity at a cost of US $22 million. Mr. Zinsou prepared documentation for board approval and assisted with the negotiation of the amendments to the Kivuwatt project documentation with the state power company as well as the relevant contractors and suppliers.

  • ContourGlobal Services Africa – Thermal Power Plant RFP in Burkina Faso. Leader of the legal team advising the sponsor, ContourGlobal, in collaboration with Herbert Smith Freehills, in responding to a tender offer for the financing and construction under a BOOT model of a 100 diesel-­fired power plant and associated infrastructure in Burkina Faso. Mr. Zinsou led the legal team’s review of the concession agreement, power purchasing agreement, and contracts related to the associated infrastructure, technical components and tariff structure as well as any associated guarantees, and obtaining letters of intent from IFC and OPIC.

  • ContourGlobal Management Services S.A.S. – Grand Bassam Thermal Power Plant Project in Ivory Coast. Leader of the legal team which advised the sponsor, ContourGlobal, in the development, financing, construction and operation of a 378 MW flexicycle thermal power plant, a greenfield project in Grand Bassam (Ivory Coast). Mr. Zinsou provided legal support from the pre-development phase (negotiation and drafting of Memorandum of Understanding) to the negotiation the relevant project documents including the concession agreement and the issuance of a line of credit of $500 million to finance the project. Project has been suspended by the Government due to technical difficulties subject to further evaluations of the delivery mechanisms.

  • ContourGlobal Solutions Ltd – Nigerian Bottling Company Cogeneration Biogas Plant in Nigeria. Leader of the legal team which advised in the disposal of a 7MW co-generation facility (produces power and heat), powering the site of Africa’s second largest non-alcoholic beverage bottler, Coca-Cola, in Nigeria. Mr. Zinsou drafted the asset disposal documentation and negotiated the terms of the release of sponsor’s financial obligations with a US lending agency.

  • ContourGlobal Bonaire – Wind and Diesel Power Plant in Bonaire. Leader of the team advising the sponsor, ContourGlobal, on general corporate governance matters as well as labor matters for a 24 MW integrated wind and diesel power plant capable of operating with both heavy fuel oil and light fuel oil in Bonaire, a Caribbean island. Mr. Zinsou was in charge of handling all corporate governance matters on behalf of sponsor, ensuring compliance with financing and project documents, representing sponsor in contract disputes related to the project and/or financing documentation, and assisted in representing the sponsor in direct negotiations and settlement discussions with the union workers on the Island of Bonaire.

  • Mauritius Investment Firm – Solar Plant in Ghana. Key member of the legal team which advised a Mauritius investment firm in its joint development agreement for the development of a solar plant in Ghana in partnership with two Ghana­based companies focused on the identification, construction and financing of alternative renewable energy. Mr. Zinsou reviewed and provided advice in relation with the implementation of the joint development agreement and analyzed the EPC contract.

  • International Finance Corporation (IFC) – Bonsu Water Treatment Project in Ghana. Key member of the legal team advising lender, IFC, in a €400 million loan to finance the construction of an 80mgd Water Treatment Plant at Asutuare (the Bonsu project) to supply water to Accra and Tema by a Build, Operate and Transfer model. Mr. Zinsou analyzed the Operate & Maintain contract and the Design & Build contract and provided advice related to permitting and compliance with local financial, corporate, labor and regulatory requirements.

Andry O.  Zinsou
Andry O.  Zinsou

Practices

Education

L.L.M., University of Pennsylvania, 2013

J.D., Université Nationale d'Abomey-Calavi, Benin, 2005, Business Law and Judicial Careers

Admissions

Admitted only in New York

Professional Affiliations

ABA Forum on Construction Law

Design-Build Institute of America

ABA Infrastructure and Regulated Industries

Association of the Bar of the City of New York

New York County Lawyers Association

Council of Urban Professionals

Penn Club of Los Angeles

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