Citing demand from clients, particularly in the energy and natural resources sectors, Herbert Smith Freeh…
Citing demand from clients, particularly in the energy and natural resources sectors, Herbert Smith Freehills has hired a project finance lawyer from a South African firm.
International law firm Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has hired a project finance lawyer from the Johannesburg headquarters of Webber Wentzel.
Carey-Anne Jennings has joined the Anglo-Australian firm as a director, equivalent to partner, with a statement from Jean Meijer, who took over as Johannesburg managing partner in May, saying the hire would help the firm fill a need in the project finance practice, which “continues to see impressive growth in the local and broader African market”.
“This strategic hire reflects our commitment to recruiting the best talent to support our growth into markets where we are seeing increasing client demand and opportunity,” continued Meijer who joined the firm in 2017, welcoming Jennings’ experience “with considerable expertise in renewable energy and infrastructure projects”.
Jennings works on project finance and public-private partnerships, including transactions, equity investments, joint ventures and loans, particularly in the energy, resources and infrastructure sectors.
She spent just short of seven years at Webber Wentzel, which is Linklaters’ alliance firm in South Africa, the last three-and-a-half of them as partner. Prior to that she was at Bell Dewar when it merged with Canadian firm Fasken.
Jennings cited the appeal of “the practical and supportive culture of the firm” and said she would be particularly focusing on energy and infrastructure sectors clients.
Like many international firms, HSF has one African office in Johannesburg, from where it operates continent-wide business. That office has been home to an outpost of its global legal services business since 2017.
In August, Webber Wentzel re-hired a South African competition partner from a regulatory role, while earlier this month, DLA Piper hired a Johannesburg project finance lawyer.
In May, international firm Baker McKenzie appointed a new Johannesburg managing partner.