Bright Tibane

Bright Tibane

Johannesburg, South Africa
T: +27 11 669 9521
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Bright Tibane is a Partner in our Johannesburg office Banking & Finance department and a member of the Banking and Financial Services Regulatory practice.

Bright is a financial sector-focused regulatory lawyer who specialises in financial services (including asset management), securities, fund management, domestic and international payment services, financial technology (fintech) services, regulated lending, exchange control, banking services and anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing.

He regularly advises financial service providers (including asset managers), capital market participants (such as exchanges, brokers, custodians and nominees), fund managers, domestic and international payment service providers, fintech service providers, regulated credit providers and banks on compliance matters, product distribution and marketing requirements, and on registration, licensing, authorisation and approval requirements. He also assists clients with applications for regulatory registration, licensing, authorisation, approval and exemptions, leveraging his good relationship with financial sector regulators.

Bright has rich exchange control experience, placing him in the great position to service clients in and outside the financial sector in respect of cross-border transactions, such as cross-border loans and cross-border investments.  

Bright assists clients with drafting, reviewing and negotiating regulated agreements such as brokerage agreements, product distribution agreements, investment mandates, merchant acquiring agreements (among others).

Bright has an LLB from the University of Limpopo and an LLM from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Specialist Services

Relevant Experience

  • Advised Amundi Asset Management on its proposed marketing and selling of collective investment schemes in South Africa, and assisted with an application for a financial services provider licence.
  • Advised Marlborough Fund Managers Limited regarding the registration of its investment funds for promotion in South Africa and on a host of related legal and regulatory matters
  • Advised Standard Bank of South Africa Limited in respect of a multi-jurisdictional due diligence/project, in relation to Standard Bank’s proposal to develop and offer financial products across six African jurisdictions.
  • Advised Citibank N.A, South Africa Branch, on a multi-jurisdictional due diligence/project relating to Citibank’s proposed offering and existing offering of banking, insurance, lending, forex and derivatives products in various 28 African jurisdictions on a cross-border basis.
  • Advised Saxo Capital Markets on a proposed introducing broker agreement with Sasfin Securities (Pty) Ltd.
  • Advised Liquidnet Europe Limited on a brokerage agreement with Avior Capital Markets Pty Ltd.
  • Advised Eskom Pension and Provident Fund on investment in Abraaj Africa Fund III, L.P, a Cayman Islands exempted limited partnership.
  • Advised Public Investment Corporation (SOC) Limited, acting on behalf of the Government Employees Pension Fund, on investment in Kleoss Fund I, an en commandite partnership governed by the laws of South Africa and a closed-ended private equity fund focusing on middle market capitalisation companies throughout South Africa.
  • Advised Saxo Bank A/S and Saxo Capital Markets UK Limited on securities and exchange control matters.
  • Advised Link Investor Services Proprietary Limited in relation to the treatment of clients’ unclaimed funds held by its registered nominee.
  • Advised Capitec Bank Limited in relation to its acquisition of Mercantile Bank Limited’s business, from a regulatory perspective.

Publications & Insights