Bertrand Montembault is a partner at international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills LLP. He is qualified in France and has built a broad practice over the past 24 years advising on mergers and acquisitions, project implementation, financings and dispute resolution in the mining and energy sectors, with a particular focus on Francophone North and sub-Saharan Africa. Although Bertrand is currently based in Paris, he will be relocating to the firm's new office in Johannesburg in 2016, from where he will continue to serve the firm's clients throughout Francophone Africa. Bertrand is ranked as a leading lawyer for projects, energy and natural resources in a number of leading independent legal directories. Recent accolades include "Bertrand Montembault is a first-rate projects partner in Paris, who 'is really easy to work with and has extensive experience in French law and OHADA,' said one source" (Chambers Global 2015); and "He is known to be 'one of the top practitioners in the country' for advice on project implementation and financings of energy and natural resources projects in Africa" (Who's Who Legal 2015).