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Nina Bowyer

Managing Partner, EMEA
Partner Regional Managing Partner
Paris Africa Group

Nina is the Managing Partner of our offices in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She is an energy partner and global co-head of our Africa Group.

Nina Bowyer is the global co-head of the firm's Africa practice group and Managing Partner for the EMEA region. 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.
Although Nina has particular experience in helping clients with their transactions and projects in Africa, she also works on matters in France/Europe (mainly gas related), South America, Asia and Middle East.

Nina is French Law and English Law qualified.

Nina is ranked by Chambers Global 2024 as a leading lawyer in the areas of ‘Africa-wide Projects and Energy’, ‘Nigeria Energy & Natural Resources (Expertise Based Abroad)’ and ‘Projects & Energy - International’. She won the ‘Best in Energy, Natural Resources and Mining’ award at the Europe Women in Business Law Awards 2016.

The 2024 edition of Chambers quotes clients and other independent sources as saying that "She is smart, committed and available. She is also hard-working and comprehends things really quickly - almost immediately she'll have thought of a solution and all the additional things we need to consider"; and "Nina Bowyer is one of the smartest, most hard-working, switched-on, dedicated partners I have worked with." "She knows her stuff and is commercial. She manages to think of all possible scenarios within a few minutes and is able to come back with clear guidelines highlighting risks or tipping points."


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).

Experience & expertise

Selected matters

  • BTG Pactual on a US$1.525 billion joint venture with Petrobras for the exploration and production of oil and gas in 6 African jurisdictions
  • ENGIE on the disposal of ENGIE's upstream oil and gas business, which includes 319 exploration and production licences in 12 countries stretching from the UK and Norway to Algeria and Indonesia. ‎HSF's role centred on the African (Algeria), Middle-Eastern (Egypt) and Asian (Indonesia, Azerbaijan) assets in ENGIE's portfolio
  • a major European oil and gas company on natural gas and LNG supplies to various delivery points throughout Europe
  • CMA GGM on its strategic agreement with Total on liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel supply for CMA CGM's new build container ships
  • 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, across a broad range of industry sectors in over 40 jurisdictions in Africa, as well as elsewhere globally