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Mayer Brown International LLP
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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.


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).




Admissions: England and Wales

Lawyer Rankings

London > Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure

Mayer Brown International LLP’s infrastructure practice specialises in energy matters, notably offshore wind and renewables, as well as drawing on the firm’s strength in contentious work and the finance arena. On top of this it provides a global platform, with growing experience in emerging markets, particularly Africa. Key names in the area are Ian Coles, who is known for his strength in mining and Africa related work; and Rachel Speight, who focuses on the natural resources and infrastructure sectors. They co-lead the team alongside new arrivals from White & Case LLP in 2020 Kirsti Massie and Meredith Campanale; who enhanced the firm’s expertise in energy and renewables.

London > Industry focus > Emerging markets

(Leading individuals)

Rachel SpeightMayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLPreally goes the extra mile to deliver high-quality work‘ in emerging markets transactions, particularly in Africa. The firm recently advised Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank on a $285m secured commodity financing made available to Alliance One borrowing entities based in Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. Ian Coles, who leads the Africa and mining practices; natural resources and infrastructure specialist Rachel Speight, and Ashley McDermott, who has a strong track record in handling financings in Russia and across the CEE and CIS region, are the lead partners. Counsel Danuta De Vries and senior associate Emma Sturt are known for project and export finance work, while arbitration specialist Luiz Aboim, who joined from White & Case LLP in 2020, adds specialist expertise in matters concerning Mozambique. Robert Hamill frequently works with Coles and Speight on mining and metals transactions, and Kirsti Massie plays a key role in power projects. Meredith Campanale frequently handles multi-sourced financings in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

London > Projects, energy and natural resources > Mining and minerals

(Leading individuals)

Rachel SpeightMayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP’s ‘excellent’ mining practice group is singled out for its vast international offering and expertise across the mining project development and financing space. Under the leadership of Ian Coles (who also heads the Africa practice), the team handles an assortment of high-value mandates, including advising on a $150m credit facility for a consortium of lending banks, including UniCredit Bank, to Dundee Precious Metals. Rachel Speight is recommended for advising banks and sponsors on cross-border project financings, particularly in African markets, as is senior associate Emma Sturt, who advises lender banks on financing and refinancing projects.