François Krotoff is a partner within Gide’s Projects (Finance & Infrastructure) practice group, and head of the firm’s Oil, Gas & Mining practice. He specialises in developing all types of national and international projects, in the fields of infrastructure, energy and natural resources. He is particularly experienced in projects in Africa. He advises governments and national authorities, banks and sponsors on the legal and regulatory frameworks and on their specific operations, which include public-private partnership funding.
François Krotoff has been referenced since 2000 by Chambers Global as a "key individual" in areas such as Project & Energy (Africa), Projects: International Projects (France) and Projects: International Projects in Africa. He is considered by Chambers as a “project finance specialist who heads the firm’s oil, gas and mining projects practice. He is recognised for his expertise on the funding of major projects and transactions and has significant experience of project work in emerging markets, notably in Africa”. He is also one of the top five “Energy & Natural Resources Lawyers” in France in the “Expert Guides” directory.
Recent experience includes: as part of a consortium with three other law firms, advising the government on reviewing its mining conventions (Guinea); advising the government of Senegal and Senelec in relation to the Taiba N’Diaye 150 MW wind farm project (Senegal).
François assists various African governments in the drafting of legislative and regulatory texts, including the government of Somalia on the review of the legal, regulatory, and fiscal framework for petroleum activities, new hydrocarbons code and by-laws (Congo-Brazzaville), law on special economic zones (Congo-Brazzaville), and law on the creation of a free zone in Nouadhibou (Mauritania).
Most recently, François performed a review and comparative analysis of the oil and gas legislations and contracts in force in the 16 member countries of the African Petroleum Producers’ Association.