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Martin Kavanagh


Martin leads our energy, natural resources and infrastructure finance team in London, and is the global co-head of our Africa Group.



Based in London, Martin heads the London Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Finance team and is also co-head of our global Africa business.

Martin advises clients from all around the world on the development and financing of projects, working with commercial banks, multilateral institutions, corporates and governments.  

Experience of having worked on over 40 projects in emerging markets in recent years means that Martin has experience in a wide range of sectors, geographies and situations which allow him to provide clients with solutions-based and commercially robust advice which is suitable for the jurisdictions involved.  

Martin advises clients on their most complex and challenging projects, in a wide range of countries.    

Martin has experience of working with clients on the development of the largest LNG and upstream and pipeline projects, as well as on the development of all types of process plant, petrochemical and power projects, having worked on power projects including hydroelectric, wind, solar, biomass, gas, and coal.

Martin specialises in work in emerging markets and has led teams advising on over 40 different deals across Africa, as well as in the subcontinent, middle east and southeast Asia.  

Although based in London, Martin regularly advises international clients including commercial banks, development finance institutions and multilaterals such as the World Bank Group.  Martin is regularly appointed to advise governments on first-in-country deals where structuring and risk allocation are crucial.

Martin is ranked at a leading individual in Chambers Global from 2012 to 2016.

‘excellent lawyer, with high commercial acumen’ Legal 500 UK 2013

"Africa practice head Martin Kavanagh ‘never fails to deliver; his proactive and solution-oriented approach works particularly well in Africa’ Legal 500 UK 2016

Martin has advised:

  • Woodside and its JV partners on the development of the Browse LNG project offshore Western Australia
  • Tullow Oil on the development of its upstream assets in Kenya and the development and project financing of its export pipeline
  • The Government of Nepal on the development and financing of 5 large-scale cross-border Hydropower projects, with combined value of approximately $7bn, the largest ever foreign investment in Nepal
  • Standard Bank on the development and project financing of the Kinangop, Kwale, Kipeto and Lake Turkana power projects in Kenya
  • DEG, Proparco and FMO in relation to the project financing of the Achwa Hydropower Project in Uganda, and the LIMAK Cement Project in Cote d'Ivoire