Nina Bowyer

Nina Bowyer

Partner & Co-Head Global Africa Group, 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 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.

Nina is a personable, down-to-earth person who can explain and discuss complex legal matters with clients with non-legal backgrounds in words that they can easily understand. Her instincts are excellent, and her advice has been invaluable. Nina is the kind of external lawyer that makes a general counsel's work easy.” (Chambers Global 2017).