Tim Scales


Tim Is Head of the Africa Group. He is an expert in Africa projects having worked in the continent for over 25 years.

He has extensive experience of project development and finance, advising sponsors, project companies and lenders in the power (including renewables), infrastructure, oil & gas, petrochemical, telecoms, mining and other industrial sectors. Tim has particular experience advising on multi-lateral, development finance institution and export credit agency backed financings. In addition to Africa, he has advised on projects in Western, Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle East.


Representative matters

Lekki Port LFTZ Enterprise Limited on the financing, construction and sub-concession arrangements for the development of Lekki deep sea port in Lagos State, Nigeria.

AFC and Harith General Partners on the formation of a joint venture to create a USD3.3bn African power platform capable of generating 1,575 MW of electricity in at least 10 countries, which included the contribution of interests in the Azura Edo IPP, Kelvin Power Station (South Africa), Kpone IPP (Ghana) and Cabeolica wind farm (Cape Verde). This was a new joint venture creating one of the biggest pan-African energy companies.

IBRD on the provision of a package of guarantees to facilitate the development of the 420 MW Nachtigal run-of-river hydroelectric generation plant by Nachtigal Hydropower Project Company (NHPC) in the Republic of Cameroon.

IFC and the lenders on the financing for the construction and operation of the Ivato International Airport and the Fascene Airport in Madagascar.

Published Work

Scales. T, Beaton. S, (2008) "Impact of Fuel Subsidies on IPP Project Financing", African Energy Forum

Speaking Engagements

  • "The last trends of investment in India", 02/07/2008
  • "Protection des investissements en matière énergétique", 20/03/2007 
Tim is well respected and runs a good ship.
Chambers Global 2020 – Africa-wide: Projects
Tim is excellent and very, very experienced.
Chambers Global 2020 – Africa-wide: Projects



Admitted as Solicitor, England and Wales, 1995


Bachelor of Arts, Durham University, 1990


English, French, German
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