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Steven Dejong



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Steven Dejong



Steven is counsel in the Projects, Energy and Infrastructure Group in Johannesburg. He principally advises lenders, sponsors and project companies on the financing and project development in the power (including renewables), infrastructure and oil and gas sectors. He has considerable experience of advising clients on projects throughout Africa and Europe.

Steve holds Master’s Degrees from the National University of Singapore and New York University, where he studied as a Dean’s Scholar, and has broad international experience in the projects sector, having previously worked in Sydney, New York, Tokyo and Paris.

Steve is bilingual in English and French.



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Admission to New York Bar, 2014

Admission to the Supreme Court of NSW, 2008


LLM (Global Business Law), New York University, 2012

LLM (International Law), National University of Singapore, 2012

LLB, University of New South Wales, 2009

Other noteworthy experience


  • Nigeria LNG Limited, a joint venture that includes owners Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Shell and Eni, on a first-of-a-kind USD3 bn corporate financing for the Train 7 project at the Bonny Island liquefied natural gas facility in the Niger Delta.
  • 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.
  • A group of financial institutions as lenders on the USD750m financing of Emirates Global Aluminium’s development of a bauxite mine in Guinea, together with supporting rail and port infrastructure.
  • CDC and Norfund on the acquisition of a portfolio of power plants and associated infrastructure in five African jurisdictions (Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, South Africa and Tanzania). The portfolio includes gas-fired IPPs and a gas-to-power project.
  • AFC and the Pan African Infrastructure Development Fund, (an infrastructure fund managed by Harith General Partners), on the establishment of a joint venture capable of generating 1,575 MW of electricity in a number of African countries from power generation assets totalling USD3.3bn. This was a new joint venture creating one of the biggest pan-African energy companies.

Pro-bono experience

  • Pro-bono secondment to International Development Law Organisation, 2010

Published work

  • 'Hot Air and Hot Heads: An Examination of the Legal Arguments Surrounding the Extension of the European Union's Emissions Trading Scheme to Aviation', Asian Journal of International Law, 2013
  • 'Kant Be Done: A Consideration of the Criminalization of Accidents within the Retributivist Paradigm', Issues in Aviation Law and Policy, 2012
  • 'Caveat by Disappointed Bidder', Australian Law Journal, 2010 'Adverse Possession', Australian Law Journal 2010