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Rita Lotfi works on large-scale transactions and projects in Africa and the Middle East across a range of industry sectors, including mining, oil and gas, energy (conventional and renewable), and infrastructure.

Prior to joining Jones Day in 2024, Rita worked as an associate at international law firms in Paris and was a legal advisor in the international legal department of EDF, the French multinational electric utility company.

Rita's recent experience include representing the lenders on the Casablanca Sea Water Desalination Project and a U.S.-based global data center developer on the financing and development of one of the largest data centers in Europe, which is based in France. She also has in-depth experience advising on the development of multiple solar power plants through Africa and in Armenia as well as on the sale and development of several mining assets in Mauritania, Congo, and Saudi Arabia.

In addition, Rita has represented the African Development Fund and a pool of lenders in relation to the financing of refurbishing works on the Transgabonaise national road 1 located in Gabon; a fund in the construction and commissioning of a fuel power plant in Togo; and multilateral institutions and other potential senior lenders in the financing, development, construction, operation, and maintenance of a hydropower plant on the Ruzizi River in central Africa.

Rita also has worked with the governments of African countries on the development of a cargo port and on the design, construction, operation, commissioning, financing, and BOOT (build, own, operate, and transfer) of a bi-fuel thermal power plant.