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Steven Dejong



Dejong Steven
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.

Noteworthy experience includes advising:

  • Nigeria LNG Limited, a joint venture owned by Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Shell, Total 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.
  • The lenders (including, IFC, AfDB, EDC and ING) 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.

News & insights

Collection of lights

Publications: 30 NOVEMBER 2021

The sun never sets on English law governed debt: reviewing the Re Prosafe SE decision

The recent decision in Re Prosafe SE pits the principle of freedom of contract against the increasingly popular modified universalism in the cross-border restructuring and insolvency space.

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digital transformation concept

News: 29 NOVEMBER 2021

Allen & Overy advises Avenga on the acquisition of Perfectial Group

Allen & Overy has advised Avenga, an international IT and digital transformation technology group, on the acquisition of Perfectial Group.

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Glass building

News: 29 NOVEMBER 2021

Allen & Overy advises Ørsted in purchase of 302 MW onshore wind farm

Allen & Overy advised Ørsted in the acquisition of Lincoln Land Wind, a 302 MW onshore wind farm in Morgan County, Illinois, from Ares Management. This transaction also includes the acquisitions of…

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A train moving at high speed at night

News: 25 NOVEMBER 2021

A&O advises Europe’s largest private rail freight company on landmark partnerships

Allen & Overy have advised Lineas, the largest private rail freight company in Europe on landmark partnerships with Beacon Rail and Ermewa through sale-and-leasebacks of part of its rolling stock.

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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

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