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Mayer Brown International LLP

Living Wage
201 BISHOPSGATE, LONDON, EC2M 3AF, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 3130 3000
Fax:
Fax 020 3130 3001
Web:
www.mayerbrown.com

Rachel Speight

Tel:
Work +44 20 3130 3859
Email:
Mayer Brown

Work Department

Banking & Finance

Position

Rachel Speight represents banks and sponsors in international structured and project financings. She particularly focuses on the mining finance sector and has experience in infrastructure finance in areas including the road, rail and healthcare sectors, including work on PPP projects.

Career

Rachel joined Mayer Brown in 1999 and has spent some time on secondment to both the Royal Bank of Scotland and WestLB. Rachel has also been listed in The 100 Global Inspiration Women in Mining 2013 and The International Who's Who of Mining Lawyers 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. She has also been nominated as one of this year’s Hot 100 lawyers by The Lawyer (2015).

Languages

English

Education

Admissions: England and Wales


London: Finance

Emerging markets

Within: Leading individuals

Rachel Speight - Mayer Brown International LLP

Within: Emerging markets

Mayer Brown International LLP has 'deep knowledge in international construction law and FIDIC Contracts, and a lot of experience with international contracts and dispute resolution'. One client remarks that it is 'very responsive and provides timely advice, and the depth of the team is enhanced by the fact that it has highly-qualified lawyers working in both the UK and the US'. The firm has a strong mining practice that frequently handles complex deals in emerging markets, but it also prominent in transactions in the CEE region and Africa. The firm's structured finance and capital markets practices are also highly regarded and frequently handle matters in Turkey and the Middle East. Debt capital markets partner James Taylor recently advised Vakifbank on a $900m exchange offer for outstanding Tier 2 bonds. This was the first exchange offer ever initiated by a Turkish financial institution. Banking and finance partner and leading light Ian Coles is an expert on mining transactions. He acted for Société Générale, Investec and Ohridska Banka in the $75m financing of a lead and zinc mine in Macedonia. Rachel Speight is another mining specialist and her recent work included major projects in Latin America. Also recommended are infrastructure partner Tom Eldridge  and Raid Abu-Manneh, who is 'a brilliant attorney - his skills in analysing technically complex matters are superb'. The firm's rising stars include Doye Balogun and Danuta De Vries. Trevor Wood joined Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Mining and minerals

Within: Mining and minerals

Mayer Brown International LLP 's 'consistently strong' mining practice is 'a centre of expertise' and recently acted for the lead arrangers on the amendment and restatement of a revolving corporate loan facility for Endeavour Gold. Clients recommend practice head Ian Coles , the 'outstanding and extremely personable' Tom Eldridge and Rachel Speight for their 'commercial outlook and experience'. In recent highlights, the group advised on a number of project financing mandates for clients such as Investec and Société Générale who act as funders of the Sasa lead and zinc mine in Macedonia, and disputes arising from operational and royalty agreements. Danuta De Vries was promoted to counsel within the finance department and Rebecca Bothamley  was recently promoted to the partnership in the corporate securities and construction and engineering teams respectively.  Tamsin Travers was promoted to counsel in the construction and engineering team.

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