Herbert Smith Freehills

Projects Department

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What the team is known for Well-respected team offering expertise in domestic and international projects in the oil and gas, mining, and renewables sectors as well as telecommunications, social infrastructure and railways. Handles project developments and financing issues, as well as M&A, regulatory and contractual matters. Particular strength in African oil and gas mandates, often collaborating with its international offices. Represents project developers, sponsors and lenders.

Strengths The team elicits praise for its cross-border capabilities, with clients reporting: "They have offices in key energy regions around the globe as well as qualified professionals who speak the local languages and understand the local cultures and jurisdictions."

Sources also appreciate the lawyers' "attention to detail, pragmatic advice and business-oriented approach."

Work highlights Assisted EDF, IFC and the government of Cameroon with the development of a 420 MW hydroelectric power plant in Nachtigal in Cameroon.

Notable practitioners

Christophe Lefort
stands out for his "attention to detail, pragmatic advice and excellent knowledge of the market practices in West Africa."He acts for state-owned companies and foreign governments as well as investment funds on hydro, solar and telecommunications projects.

Nina Bowyer
is acknowledged for her strength in the oil and gas and mining projects across Africa. Clients highlight her solution-oriented approach, with one enthusing: "She is competent and to the point. Negotiation is never easy and she did it with such ease."

Rebecca Major
often advises clients on the M&A and financing aspects of mining, oil and gas, hydro and wind power projects. She demonstrates notable expertise in matters involving Africa, with interviewees lauding her as "smart and pleasant to work with."

Stéphane Brabant
frequently acts on the contractual and corporate elements of international mining and hydro projects, with a particular focus on Africa. He is reputed for his long-standing experience, with sources deeming him to be "one of the popes of the energy sector."