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Rachel Speight

Rachel Speight

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"She is a very thorough and commercially-minded lawyer with a deep understanding of the mining sector."

Chambers UK 2018

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. 

Consistently recommended and ranked as a key individual by the legal directories, Rachel attracts high praise from clients and peers (Legal 500 2013); she is picked out by sources for her high profile "Rachel is heavily involved in the mining sector". Speight also has experience of working on mining matters in Finland and Mauritania; (Chambers 2014); Chambers Global 2014 commends Rachel for her "very impressive work" and mining sector dedication; she is "very approachable and experienced," and clients are particularly impressed by the way in which she remains "very calm and considered, and isn't easily flustered even when there's an impending disaster." (Chambers UK 2013). She is complimented for her level headedness and dedicated work ethic in Africa by Chambers Global 2013. "Concise, reasoned in her analysis, and commercial" (Legal 500 2011) she is praised for being "clear in communication, easy to deal with and quick to respond" notes Chambers UK 2011. Legal 500, 2010 recommends Rachel for "the broad range of her experience". In 2009, she was listed as "extremely experienced, level-headed and commercial".

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, 2016 and 2017. She was also named as one of the Hot 100 lawyers by the Lawyer (2015).
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