Nina Bowyer

Nina Bowyer

Head of Africa Oil and Gas Herbert Smith Freehills

Nina is a partner in the global energy team at international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills. She has a particular focus on the oil & gas sector across Africa, having advised on matters involving over 40 jurisdictions across the African continent over the past 15 years. Nina also co-heads the firm's Africa practice, together with London finance partner Martin Kavanagh.

Nina's practice spans the full oil & gas supply chain from upstream awards to distribution, offtake and marketing arrangements. She has particular expertise in the drafting and negotiation of asset and share purchases and farm-in/farm-out arrangements, as well as advising on joint venture structuring and relating financing arrangements.

Nina is a regular speaker at Africa industry focussed events and is consistently ranked as a leading lawyer for African oil and gas mandates. She is also cited for her in depth knowledge of individual jurisdictions across Africa, including notably in Nigeria where she is one of only 2 international lawyers recognised by Chambers Global as a foreign expert in the Nigerian energy & natural resources sector.

Client accolades include "She is very active and very commercial. She knows her stuff and is a very good negotiator" (Chambers Europe 2017); "Nina Bowyer offers clients 'insightful advice', always keeping abreast of developments in the markets in Europe and in East and West Africa" (Who's Who Legal 2016); "She is business-oriented, hard-working and knows Nigeria possibly better than anybody else" (Chambers Global 2016); "A sharp lawyer with on the ground knowledge of the energy infrastructure market in Africa" (Who's Who Legal 2015); and "Nina Bowyer travels around Africa a lot and knows how things work and who the key players are" (Chambers Global 2014).