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Rebecca Major

Rebecca Major


Rebecca is an M&A/projects lawyer with expertise in the energy, mining and infrastructure sectors.



Based in our Paris office, Rebecca is a British national who is qualified to advise on English and French law.

She provides clients with top quality international counsel advice on their projects and transactions in the global energy (upstream oil & gas and conventional and renewable power), mining and infrastructure sectors.

Rebecca has an in-depth knowledge of the African environment, having advised in at least 37 African countries. She also worked in  Tokyo for 5 years and has significant experience acting for Asian and international clients in Asia.

Rebecca has been a Herbert Smith Freehills lawyer for 20 years (15 years in Paris, 5 years as a partner in Tokyo) and a partner for 11 years. She is currently ranked by Chambers Global as a leading lawyer for Africa-wide Projects and Energy and she is included amongst the top 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining 2016. Rebecca was also covered in the Asia-Pacific rankings during her time based in Japan.

Chambers Europe 2016 says "Clients describe her as 'an astute negotiator, able to conceive innovative solutions'."

According to Who’s Who Legal 2015, "Rebecca Major has worked on energy projects all over the world and clients describe her as 'a knowledgeable, diligent and user-friendly advisor'."

Chambers Global 2015 describes Rebecca as "a 'dynamic' practitioner based in Paris who is able to draw on considerable experience of handling mining and energy project finance transactions in Africa”.

Rebecca speaks fluent French.

Recent experience includes advising:

  • Mitsui on the negotiation of the acquisition from Vale of an interest in the Moatize coal mine in Mozambique and in the related Nacala rail and port infrastructure
  •  a French solar developer on its investments in various countries in Africa
  • Maurel et Prom on various matters relating to its upstream oil and gas assets in Tanzania, Myanmar, Syria and Iraq
  • a confidential purchaser on the recent (unsuccessful) purchase of an interest in EDF EN's offshore wind assets in France
  • a confidential client on its potential investment in a number of floating production, storage and offloading units (FPSOs) in Brazil