Richard Roothman

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Director, Head of Banking & Finance practice

Location: Johannesburg

Tel: +27 11 535 8115

Fax: +27 11 535 8715



Director Richard Roothman is Head of Banking & Finance, also advising in the Africa practice area. Richard specialises in banking and financial services regulation; debt capital markets; exchange control; leveraged and acquisition finance; leveraged and management buy-outs; project and limited recourse finance; structured finance transactions; listings/flotations; public offerings and private placements; securitisation, and syndicated and bilateral financing structures. Richard is consistently recognised in international rankings, including being named as a leading lawyer in Capital Markets (2010 – 2017), Banking (2011-2017) and in Project Finance (2011 – 2013) by IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms.

  • Banking & Finance
  • Banking and financial services regulation
  • Debt capital markets
  • Exchange control
  • Leveraged and acquisition finance
  • Leveraged and management buy-outs
  • Project and limited recourse finance
  • Structured finance transactions
  • Listings/flotations
  • Public offerings and private placements
  • Securitisation
  • Syndicated and bilateral financing structures


  • BCom (Law) LLB (University of Pretoria)
  • LLM (Cornell University, USA)
  • LLM (Tax) (University of the Witwatersrand)
  • 1996: Admitted as member of the New York Bar
  • 2007: Director, Werksmans
  • Head of the Banking & Finance practice area


  • Consistently recognised in international ratings. Named as a leading lawyer in:
    • Capital Markets in The International Who’s Who of Capital Market Lawyers (2014);
    • Debt & Equity and Structured Finance in The International Who’s Who of Capital Market Lawyers (2013)
    • Banking & Finance (2011-2020) and Capital Markets (2012 - 2020) by Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 
    • Leading lawyer in Capital Markets (2010 – 2017), Banking (2011 - 2017) and Project Finance (2011 – 2013) by IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms
    • Named as "leading lawyer" in Banking & Finance by The Legal500 (2018, 2019 and 2020).
    • Ranked as a recommended lawyer by The Legal500 (2020)
  • Ranked as a "highly regarded" practitioner for Banking, Project Finance, Capital Markets: Debt and Capital Markets: Structured finance and securitisation in IFLR1000 (2018 and 2020).