Martin Kavanagh

Partner HSF

Martin Kavanagh is a partner of global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills, based in the firm's London office. He is the global co-Head of the Africa Group and Head of Practice for Projects in UK, US, Middle East & Africa. Martin specialises in energy and infrastructure finance and energy project development, and has significant experience acting for corporates, borrowers, commercial lenders, multilateral agencies and Export Credit Agencies, as well as governments, particularly in Africa and other emerging markets. Martin was named as Emerging Markets Infrastructure Finance Lawyer of the Year in England at the 2024 Global Law Experts Annual Awards for the sixth consecutive year (2019-2024). He is also consistently recognised by the leading legal directories as a leader in his field in the UK and globally, including in Africa, where he is ranked by Chambers Global 2024 for Africa-wide Projects & Energy and for Africa-wide Project Finance. Client accolades include "He is very good at understanding how to structure a deal so it meets lenders' requirements. He is very calm and level-headed; he handles heated situations very well" (Chambers Global 2024: Africa-wide Projects & Energy).