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Nina Bowyer


Nina is an energy partner and global co-head of our Africa Group.



Based in our Paris office, Nina works with a broad range of clients on single and multi-jurisdictional mergers, acquisitions and disposals, joint venture structuring, project development and related financing arrangements in the oil, gas, power and mining sectors.
Nina has particular experience in helping clients with their transactions and projects in Africa. She also acts on mandates in France/Europe, South America, the Middle East and Asia.

She has extensive knowledge of both French and English legal systems and is confident advising and negotiating in both French and English.

Nina is ranked by Chambers Global as a leading lawyer in the areas of ‘Africa-wide Projects and Energy’ and ‘Nigeria Energy & Natural Resources (Expertise Based Abroad)’. She is also recognised in Chambers Europe (France) for ‘Energy & Natural Resources’. Nina won the ‘Best in Energy, Natural Resources and Mining’ award at the Europe Women in Business Law Awards 2016.

Who’s Who Legal 2015 recognises Nina ‘for her work on oil and gas, mining and power projects in Europe, as well as across East and West Africa. According to sources, she is "a sharp lawyer with on the ground knowledge of the energy infrastructure market in Africa”’. Chambers Global 2016 describes her as being ‘business-oriented, hard-working and knows Nigeria possibly better than anybody else’. In Chambers Global 2015, she is also noted as being ‘very easy to work with, highly competent and fights your corner when it needs to be fought’. 

Nina’s recent experience includes advising:

  • BTG Pactual on a US$1.525 billion joint venture with Petrobras for the exploration and production of oil and gas in Africa, including assets in Angola, Benin, Gabon, Namibia, Nigeria and Tanzania  
  • a major European oil and gas company on natural gas and LNG supplies to various delivery points throughout Europe
  • subsidiaries of Kinross Gold Corporation on various matters relating to their gold mining operations in Ghana and Mauritania
  • the Nigerian Bureau of Public Enterprises on the privatisation, through share sales or granting of concession, of the 17 electricity industry assets and companies which are successors to the Power Holding Company of Nigeria 
  • various international and domestic stakeholders on their M&A activities, operations and project development, spanning the entire value chain,, spanning the entire value chain, across a broad range of industry sectors in over 40 jurisdictions in Africa, as well as elsewhere globally



Nina is admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales, and is a foreign lawyer registered at the Paris Bar. She attended Nottingham Law School – Legal Practice Course, Commendation (1998-1999), Nottingham Trent University – LLB Hons (Europe) 2:1 (1994-1998) and the University of Montpellier I (France), Law Faculty (1996-1997).

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