Stéphane Brabant is the co-chairman of the firm’s Africa practice, co-head of the crisis management group, co-head of the mining group and co-head of the firm’s business and human rights group. Mr Brabant lived and worked in Gabon for seven years and has advised almost exclusively in relation to matters across the whole of francophone Africa for the past 25 years (although he has also worked on matters in France, Cambodia, Yemen and Afghanistan), principally in the energy, mining and infrastructure sectors. In addition to his experience as a ‘projects’ lawyer, focusing in particular on the structuring of complex investments between multinationals and states (legal, tax, human rights, financing and bankability, etc.), Mr Brabant has developed a strong practice in recent years in relation to risk mitigation, compliance and crisis management, and negotiating with African governments to find solutions to contentious issues without resorting to arbitration. His experience includes appearing before local courts in Africa.