Banking & finance lawyers

Our banking & finance lawyers have led the market with complex transaction types and financial instruments that are now being used across South Africa, facilitating ground-breaking transactions in both primary and secondary markets. Consistently recognised as leaders in their respective fields in international law firm publications, the team advises all the major financial institutions and banks in South Africa, including their investment banking divisions. We also advise international banks and law firms relating to offshore finance transactions.

Our lawyers have extensive experience in syndicated and bilateral finance, project and limited recourse finance, leveraged and acquisition finance, structured finance, commodity and trade finance, debt capital markets transactions and securitisations.

In the leveraged and acquisition finance field, our experienced transactional lawyers have advised on a vast number of private equity transactions and other public-to-private transactions in South Africa, including in the consumer products, retail and financial services sectors.

Project finance, infrastructure and public-private-partnership fields

In the project finance, infrastructure and public-private-partnership fields, the team has represented lenders and borrowers in some of the largest transactions of this type in Southern Africa. The industry sectors involved include mining and exploration, roads, prisons, hospitals, water, accommodation and renewable energy.

In syndicated and bilateral financing, our banking & finance lawyers have advised lenders and borrowers across various industry sectors including consumer products, retailing, mining and exploration, financial services and telecommunications, with a special focus on medium to large local and international transactions.

The banking and finance team also has extensive experience in the debt capital markets field and regularly advises arrangers, dealers, corporate issuers, parastatals and rating agencies on bond issues, domestic medium-term note programmes and high-yield bonds, also advising local banks in respect of their European note programmes. In the securitisation field, only a small number of synthetic securitisations have been undertaken in South Africa; all of them involving our banking & finance lawyers.

Click here to read the South African chapter of Getting the Deal Through: Banking Regulations 2012*.

*Reproduced with permission from Law Business Research Ltd. This article was first published in Getting the Deal Through – Banking Regulation 2012, (published in April, 2012; contributing editor: David E Shapiro,Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz). For further information please visit

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