Martin Kavanagh

Martin Kavanagh

Partner Herbert Smith Freehills

Martin is a partner at international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills LLP. He is the co-Head of the Africa practice group and he also leads the firm's energy, natural resources and infrastructure finance team in London. 
 
Martin has extensive experience in the project finance and project development fields. He works for all project parties – corporates, lenders, borrowers, governments and multilateral agencies – and does most of his work in Africa and other emerging markets.

 Martin has led teams advising on over 50 different projects and deals across Africa, mainly in the energy sector, including a number of first-in-country deals where structuring and risk allocation are crucial. This experience allows Martin to provide clients in Africa with solutions-based and commercially robust advice, regardless of the jurisdictions involved.  Martin leads the firm's relationship with the IFC, and many other DFIs.
 Martin is one of the six HSF partners singled out as a leading lawyer for Africa-wide Projects & Energy by Chambers Global 2018, which says that Martin's "financing experience is particularly valued by clients, who say: 'Martin is one of the best debt finance lawyers I've worked with. His knowledge of debt finance structuring both inside and outside of Africa leads him to have an appreciation of commercial issues which many lawyers do not possess'." He is also ranked as a leading lawyer in Legal 500 UK, Who's Who Legal and Best Lawyers and ranked as just one of eight Thought Leaders in Project Finance by Who's Who.