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Herbert Smith Freehills

Projects & Energy

6 ranked lawyersBand 1Africa-wideGlobal 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Formidable projects and energy group with eminent expertise in mining and infrastructure mandates. Applies its profound knowledge to such matters as joint venture projects, acting for sponsors, contractors and investors. Further esteemed for its work in the power sector, notably advising on high-profile renewable energy projects. Offers knowledge of upstream and midstream oil and gas developments. Harnesses the Africa expertise in its Paris office to provide a distinguished francophone offering which is enhanced through its presence on the ground via its South African office.

Strengths

Sources confirm it is a "top-tier law firm" which is "capable of delivering high-quality work under short deadlines."

Interviewees add the practice is "extremely professional, proactive and has a capacity to understand client needs."

Market participants value the firm's "deep knowledge of African jurisdictions and the natural resource sector."

Notable practitioners

Paris-based Bertrand Montembault has significant experience spanning the mining, oil and gas sectors throughout francophone Africa. He offers further expertise in OHADA law. Sources appreciate that he "adjusts his style to the client's needs, and is capable of producing a good work product under very short deadlines."

Brigette Baillie is widely respected for her command of project finance mandates. She assists with mining, energy and infrastructure project development and financing, with further expertise in transactional matters. She is active across the sub-Saharan African space from the firm's Johannesburg office.

Martin Kavanagh operates out of London, advising on the development and financing of projects in the energy sector. He is often called upon to act on lender-side mandates in addition to being frequently instructed by organisations operating in the oil and gas space. One interviewee enthused: "He’s excellent at managing the overall relationship," further praising his "ability to coordinate complex transactions that involve various aspects."

Africa practice co-head Nina Bowyer ably handles upstream oil and gas mandates on behalf of significant international organisations active across northern and western Africa. Clients appreciate her "extremely good judgement, understanding of practical approaches and operations."She provides further counsel on matters relating to natural resources out of the firm's Paris office.

Rebecca Major is reputed for her handling of transactional and development work in the energy sector on the continent. Predominantly recognised for her upstream oil and gas expertise, she further assists clients in relation to acquisitions, dispositions and corporate restructuring in the mining and power spaces. Impressed clients refer to her as"absolutely top-drawer in terms of specialist knowledge."She is based in Paris.

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Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

Africa-wide

Project Finance


Brigette Baillie
Band 3

Projects & Energy


Bertrand Montembault
Band 2
Brigette Baillie
Band 3
Martin Kavanagh
Band 3
Nina Bowyer
Band 3
Rebecca Major
Band 3