Legal 500 EMEA (2020)
“Flexible, knowledgeable and efficient. He gives proper advice and builds strategies to optimally support his clients’ business”
Admitted to the Paris Bar, Olivier Mélédo is a partner in the Paris office and a member of the Oil & Gas, Infrastructure Investment and Global Projects groups.
Olivier is a considerably accomplished energy and infrastructure lawyer who advises large corporations, equity investors, development finance institutions, governments, project developers and construction contractors on large-scale international and domestic projects and related share and asset deals, primarily in the power (conventional and renewable) infrastructure and natural resources sectors.
Olivier has extensive experience across several jurisdictions. He has, in particular, been involved in transactions in almost all 17 Sub-Saharan African states subject to the civil law-based OHADA's set of regulations, and also the United States, Asia, Latin America and North Africa.
Olivier serves as a board member and secretary general of the French Association of Energy Law AFDEN and he is a long-term member of the Houston-based Association of International Petroleum Negotiators. He also regularly provides pro bono advice to non-profit organizations. As such, he is a recurrent advisor on energy- and natural resources-related topics to the Harvard Law and International Development Society (LIDS), which produces research for NGOs.
Prior to joining Mayer Brown, Olivier Mélédo worked in the Paris, London and New York offices of other international law firms.
Olivier is constantly recommended and ranked by the legal directories among the best lawyers in France in his areas of practice. Named one of the 4 “Next Generation Partners” in both the Energy and Project Finance practices by Legal 500 EMEA 2020, Olivier is also quoted by clients and other independent sources as “having a deep understanding of the business and the industry’ and being ‘able to provide the required legal guidance to protect his clients and take care of any potential risks during all phases of a transaction’. Sources further report that “the team is well experienced, has deep knowledge of the business and industry sector, and provides the best advice required in one place.”
In addition to his native French, Olivier is fluent in English.
- VINCI, in connection with the €3 billion plus privatization of Aeroportos de Portugal (ANA), holder of a renewed 50-year concession for the country’s ten airports (mainland, Azores and Madeira).
- Governments, project developers and private equity investors in connection with the acquisition, development, construction and financing of multiple other airport, seaport, railway, refinery, pipeline and industrial unit projects in France, Asia and Africa (Cameroon, Chad, Congo, DRC, Gabon, Ivory Coast, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Senegal).
Mining and Metals
- The government of the Republic of Cameroon, in connection with a US$4 billion plus integrated cross-border iron ore project ("Mbalam-Nabeba") comprising the award of mining rights as well as the development of a brownfield mineral export terminal, a dedicated railway and several ancillary facilities.
- Governments, project developers and private equity investors in the context of several other mining and metals (coal, gold, iron ore) projects in Africa (Burundi, Congo, Guinea, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania).
Oil & Gas and Petrochemicals
- China National Oil and Gas Exploration and Development Corporation (CNODC), a subsidiary of CNPC, China's largest oil and gas producer, in connection with several projects in Africa, including a US$5 billion plus integrated oil and gas project in Niger (Agadem) comprising the acquisition of an on-shore oil block, the construction and financing of the first refinery in Niger and the construction of pipelines for transportation and export of crude oil and refined products.
- Governments and various other international oil and gas or petrochemical companies including Chevron Corporation, GDF-Suez, Korean National Oil Company (KNOC), LyondellBasell, Maurel & Prom, Sonatrach on their share or asset (Farm-ins, Farm-outs, Carry and other NPI arrangements) deals and other typical operations in the upstream (PSCs, JOAs, Unitizations), midstream and downstream (sales, transportation and storage agreements) hydrocarbon sectors in France (including French overseas departments and territories) and Africa (Algeria, Cameroon, Chad, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Mauritania, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal).
Power: Hydro, Solar, Thermal (biomass, fuel/gas) and Wind
- Actis, a UK-based private equity firm, in connection with the acquisition from AES Corporation of a 56% interest in Cameroon's national integrated utility SONEL and in the two IPPs Kribi and Dibamba, for a value of US$202 million.
- Governments, contractors, project developers and private equity investors in the context of multiple other biomass, hydro, solar, thermal and wind projects development, construction and financing in France (including French overseas departments and territories) and Africa (Cameroon, Chad, DRC, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Mali, Morocco, Senegal, Togo).
Université Robert Schuman, Strasbourg III, France, DESS/DJCE, Business Law
University of Leeds, LLM, European Business Law
Université de Rennes I, Masters Business Law
- Named one of the four "Next Generation Partners" in both the Energy and Project Finance rankings. Legal 500 EMEA (2020)
- The 2020 IFLR issue, a guide to the world's leading financial and corporate law firms, has recognized Olivier Mélédo as "Highly Regarded" in Projects.
- Named one of the six "Next Generation Partners" in both the Energy and Project Finance rankings. Legal 500 EMEA (2019).
- The premier Pan-African weekly news magazine, Jeune Afrique, ranked Olivier Mélédo in 8th position in the top 50 business lawyers for 2018.
- “Practice head Olivier Mélédo ‘has a deep understanding of the business and the industry’ and is ‘able to provide the required legal guidance to protect his clients and take care of any potential risks during all phases of a transaction’.” Legal 500 EMEA (2019) – ranked as “Next generation lawyer”.
- The 2019 Décideurs magazine issue, a French media and rating agency for top executives recognized Olivier Mélédo as “excellent” in corporate and M&A (Africa Desk) as well as in natural resources and renewable energy (Africa Desk). He also has a “strong reputation” in project financing (Africa Desk).
- The 2018 edition of Chambers Europe described partner Olivier Mélédo as a “recognized Practitioner”.
- The 2018 Décideurs magazine issue, a French media and rating agency for top executives recognized Olivier Mélédo as “excellent” in corporate and M&A (Africa Desk). He also has a “strong reputation” in natural resources and renewable energy and project financing practices (Africa Desk).
- A la tête de la pratique, Olivier Mélédo compte parmi "les conseils du marché qui ont une grande connaissance de l’Afrique de l’ouest francophone, quand son approche pragmatique, ciblée et attentionnées est très appréciée des clients souhaitant que les dossiers avancent rapidement". Legal 500 Paris (2018)
- The premier Pan-African weekly news magazine, Jeune Afrique, recognized Olivier Mélédo as one of the top 50 business lawyers for 2017.
- The 2017 Décideurs magazine issue, a French media and rating agency for top executives recognized Olivier Mélédo as “excellent” in corporate and M&A practices (Africa Desk). He also has a “strong reputation” in natural resources and renewable energy and project financing practices (Africa Desk).
- The premier Pan-African weekly news magazine, Jeune Afrique, recognized Olivier Mélédo as one of the top 50 business lawyers for 2016.