Legal Team

Simret Kebede

Attorney


Practice Areas

  • Cross Border Investment
  • Geothermal
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Project Finance
  • Public Private Partnership
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Solar

Education

  • George Washington University, LL.M.
  • University of Oslo, LL.M.
  • Addis Ababa University, LL.B.

Admissions

  • California
  • Ethiopia

Experience

Simret Kebede is a seasoned project finance and cross border investment attorney. Simret has represented developers, equity investors and contractors in renewable energy and construction sectors for over 7 years. She has assisted and consulted geothermal and solar power developers in pioneer projects in Ethiopia.

Simret has been a principal attorney at FLS Law Office, a boutique law office in Ethiopia that specializes in cross border investment in renewable energy, since 2017. She has represented and advised developers in project finance transactions involving over 1000 megawatts of solar and geothermal projects. Previously, she represented cross border investors in the construction and mining sectors and advised on market entry strategies and optimal structuring. Simret served as a member of legal experts who drafted the current Investment Laws of Ethiopia.

Simret leverages on her experience in pioneer and complex geothermal and solar projects to provide exceptional insight and advice to renewable developers and lenders in emerging markets. In her most recent work, Simret successfully worked with lenders, public utility, government, and central bank on key project bankability issues and secured among others the amendment of laws that were bottlenecks for development and financing of renewable power projects.

Simret obtained her LL.B. from Addis Ababa University and holds LL.M degrees from George Washington University and University of Oslo.

Representative Transactions:

Simret’s area of practice focuses on negotiation of key project development agreements including power purchase, implementation, EPC, and geothermal well drilling agreements. She counsels on regulatory compliance matters. Representative transactions include:

  • Negotiated power purchase and implementation agreements for the development of geothermal power projects.
  • Represented a buyer in the acquisition of a geothermal special purpose company.
  • Advised on transactional and regulatory matters concerning six solar power projects with cumulative capacity of 1000 MW.
  • Negotiated geothermal well drilling, and engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) agreements for geothermal power development.
  • Secured solutions for critical project bankability issues to accommodate the participation of the private sector in the renewable energy sector in Ethiopia.
  • Advised on market entry and structuring of various business entities engaged in cross-border investment.