Herbert Smith Freehills' well-respected team offers expertise in domestic and international projects in the oil and gas, coal divestment and renewables sectors as well as telecommunications, social infrastructure and railways. The practice handles project developments and financing issues, as well as joint ventures, regulatory and contractual matters. The law firm has a particular strength in African and European solar mandates, often collaborating with its international offices. The team represents project developers, sponsors and lenders.
The firm's strong Africa team is formed of experienced practitioners with extensive expertise across North, Central and West Africa, including OHADA jurisdictions. It provides sponsors and lenders as well as energy companies with expert advice in the renewables, oil, gas and mining sectors. Nina Bowyer is a key client contact.
Dual-qualified in France and the UK, Nina Bowyer continues to develop a strong practice advising on natural resource mandates across Europe and Africa. Her recent work has included sales, acquisitions and reorganisations of oil and gas companies. A client notes that "Nina Bowyer is attentive, pragmatic and knows how to involve all her team members on the case."
Christophe Lefort has a broad practice assisting with mandates within the renewable energy and infrastructure sectors. He frequently advises on project development, PPPs and concessions in European and African jurisdictions.
Head of department Rebecca Major is qualified in English and French law and has a diverse project practice that spans solar power plants, energy storage and mining investments. She additionally handles M&A transactions in the oil and gas sector. She assists with matters within the Balkans as well as Africa and Asia.
Michaël Armandou joined Herbert Smith Freehills in October 2021. He continues to develop a practice encompassing project finance and development in the fields of energy and infrastructure. A client lauds his "lively mind, quick understanding of issues and desire to seek simple and pragmatic solutions."