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Jan Kruger

Partner | Cape Town

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T: +27 21 480 7907

Overview

Jan uses his considerable experience of implementing large, complex and cross-border transactions and managing large teams at large international financial institutions to provide his clients with pragmatic advice that is tailored to their risk appetite. His clients include most of the South African financial institutions, several international banks and development institutions, as well as borrowers.

He understands the issues driving the banking sector and how in-house legal teams need to respond to deliver successful transactions. Before joining Bowmans, he led several legal teams within Standard Bank (in South Africa, London and throughout the other regional African offices) – he knows the key people in the sector and their advisers well, and therefore understands how to resolve difficult negotiations in a non-aggressive, practical way.

Jan has worked with clients throughout Africa and beyond on structured finance deals. His tax law qualifications have made him an expert in Preference Share Funding deals, including BEE transactions. He also advises on asset and leveraged finance, syndicated lending, and property finance. 

He has worked in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Stellenbosch advising clients on their largest, most complex, cross-border transactions. He also works with international clients on both inward and outbound investment into Africa.

Professional memberships

  • Attorney and Notary of the High Court of South Africa

Experience

Jurisdictions worked in:  South Africa, Mauritius, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cote D’Ivoire, Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana, Uganda, Tanzania, UK and Ireland, USA (New York), Canada, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Germany, Portugal, Spain, France, Luxembourg, Isle of Man, Guernsey, Australia, India, Russia, Brazil and China.

  • A selection of Jan’s key client experience include advising:
  • Capitec Bank in its acquisition of Mercantile Bank;
  • African Bank in its merger with Grindrod Bank;
  • Standard Bank and Rand Merchant Bank in respect of their financing to Distell as part of the Heineken/Distell merger;
  • Norfund and BII (previously CDC) in their equity and financing investments in a South African BEE investor in the renewable energy sector;
  • Absa Bank Limited and African Rainbow Energy and Power (AREP) iro their formation of the African Rainbow Energy Fund and Absa Bank in regard to their contribution of several renewable energy assets into the Fund and their financing to the Fund and AREP to invest in new renewable energy projects;
  • African Rainbow Capital on a private equity mezzanine funding into Kenya;
  • Pick n Pay in relation to a green loan facility with RMB for ZAR 1.2 billion;
  • Capitec Bank in relation to their acquisition of the Liberty building in Cape Town;
  • Coca Cola in relation to their restructuring and refinancing of all their syndicated and bilateral facilities throughout all of their offices in Africa;
  • Helios Fairfax Partners in relation to their shareholding in Grobank and the sale of the majority of their stake to Access Bank in Nigeria and the conversion of Grobank to Access Bank South Africa;
  • Western Cape based listed company KAL iro their term and RECF funding from Absa Bank;
  • Old Mutual Emerging Markets in relation to the refinancing and restructuring of their syndicated and bilateral RCF and multicurrency/multijurisdictional facilities;
  • South African banks on structures to enhance their Tier I and II capital positions;
  • African Rainbow Capital in respect of the restructuring of its financial assets and the funding related thereto and Sanlam’s acquisition of 25% in these assets;
  • African Rainbow Capital in respect of its investment in Kropz Plc and its UK listing;
  • Old Mutual Hybrid Equity Fund and Old Mutual Specialised Finance on several preference share and BEE funding transactions;
  • Helios Fairfax Partners on several restructuring and funding transactions in respect of their assets throughout Africa;
  • The Standard Bank of South Africa Limited on the restructuring of its BEE transaction;
  • Wescoal Holdings Limited in relation to a specific issue of shares to a special purpose vehicle (BEE SPV), whose shareholders comprise a consortium of existing Wescoal shareholders;
  • Several banks and borrowers in the hospitality and gaming industry in restructuring of facilities during Covid period;
  • Several international development finance institutions in their investments in preference share funding in the SA market;
  • South African Breweries in the restructure and funding of its BEE transaction;
  • Standard Bank, Rand Merchant Bank and Old Mutual in relation to their financing and restructurings of the Mediclinic BEE transaction;
  • South African banks in relation to the Preference Share Funding in both the MTN and Vodacom BEE structures;
  • Restructuring of Shanduka/Pembani Group;
  • Preference Share Financing of original shareholders in SPAC listing;
  • Ship Financing transactions in Namibia;
  • Aircraft financing in South Africa, Mauritius, Kenya, Ethiopia and Cote D’Ivoire;
  • Financing of Hospital in Kenya;
  • Financing of Shopping Malls in South Africa and Zambia;
  • Several Preference Share funding transactions for acquisitions and projects, specifically funding and refinancing equity in the renewable energy space;
  • Restructuring of syndicated funding with regards to a group of companies doing business in South Africa, Mauritius and Australia;
  • A syndicate of lenders in funding for South African parastatal;
  • BEE groups on acquisitions and raising of funding; and
  • London based advisory group on transactions in Nigeria, South Africa and DRC.

Awards

  • Chambers and Partners ranked Jan in Band 3 for his work in Banking and Finance for eight consecutive years (2017 to 2024).
  • IFLR1000’s Financial and Corporate Guide rated Jan as a Highly Regarded Lawyer for his working in the Banking space for the past five consecutive years (2018 to 2023).
  • Legal 500 ranked Jan as a Leading Individual for Banking and Finance for two consecutive years (2023-2024) and a recommended lawyer in 2017 for the same category.
  • Who’s Who Legal recommended Jan for his work in Banking in South Africa (2024). 

‘Jan Kruger is trusted by every lender and I will always turn to him for debt markets and banking and finance matters.’ – Chambers and Partners, 2024

‘Jan Kruger specialises in handling preference share funding arrangements.’– Legal 500, 2024

AREA OF EXPERTISE

Qualifications

  • BCom, LLB, LLM (Constitutional Practice and Human Rights Law), LLM (Tax).

INSIGHTS

Overview

Jan uses his considerable experience of implementing large, complex and cross-border transactions and managing large teams at large international financial institutions to provide his clients with pragmatic advice that is tailored to their risk appetite. His clients include most of the South African financial institutions, several international banks and development institutions, as well as borrowers.

He understands the issues driving the banking sector and how in-house legal teams need to respond to deliver successful transactions. Before joining Bowmans, he led several legal teams within Standard Bank (in South Africa, London and throughout the other regional African offices) – he knows the key people in the sector and their advisers well, and therefore understands how to resolve difficult negotiations in a non-aggressive, practical way.

Jan has worked with clients throughout Africa and beyond on structured finance deals. His tax law qualifications have made him an expert in Preference Share Funding deals, including BEE transactions. He also advises on asset and leveraged finance, syndicated lending, and property finance. 

He has worked in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Stellenbosch advising clients on their largest, most complex, cross-border transactions. He also works with international clients on both inward and outbound investment into Africa.

Professional memberships

  • Attorney and Notary of the High Court of South Africa

Experience

Jurisdictions worked in:  South Africa, Mauritius, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cote D’Ivoire, Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana, Uganda, Tanzania, UK and Ireland, USA (New York), Canada, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Germany, Portugal, Spain, France, Luxembourg, Isle of Man, Guernsey, Australia, India, Russia, Brazil and China.

  • A selection of Jan’s key client experience include advising:
  • Capitec Bank in its acquisition of Mercantile Bank;
  • African Bank in its merger with Grindrod Bank;
  • Standard Bank and Rand Merchant Bank in respect of their financing to Distell as part of the Heineken/Distell merger;
  • Norfund and BII (previously CDC) in their equity and financing investments in a South African BEE investor in the renewable energy sector;
  • Absa Bank Limited and African Rainbow Energy and Power (AREP) iro their formation of the African Rainbow Energy Fund and Absa Bank in regard to their contribution of several renewable energy assets into the Fund and their financing to the Fund and AREP to invest in new renewable energy projects;
  • African Rainbow Capital on a private equity mezzanine funding into Kenya;
  • Pick n Pay in relation to a green loan facility with RMB for ZAR 1.2 billion;
  • Capitec Bank in relation to their acquisition of the Liberty building in Cape Town;
  • Coca Cola in relation to their restructuring and refinancing of all their syndicated and bilateral facilities throughout all of their offices in Africa;
  • Helios Fairfax Partners in relation to their shareholding in Grobank and the sale of the majority of their stake to Access Bank in Nigeria and the conversion of Grobank to Access Bank South Africa;
  • Western Cape based listed company KAL iro their term and RECF funding from Absa Bank;
  • Old Mutual Emerging Markets in relation to the refinancing and restructuring of their syndicated and bilateral RCF and multicurrency/multijurisdictional facilities;
  • South African banks on structures to enhance their Tier I and II capital positions;
  • African Rainbow Capital in respect of the restructuring of its financial assets and the funding related thereto and Sanlam’s acquisition of 25% in these assets;
  • African Rainbow Capital in respect of its investment in Kropz Plc and its UK listing;
  • Old Mutual Hybrid Equity Fund and Old Mutual Specialised Finance on several preference share and BEE funding transactions;
  • Helios Fairfax Partners on several restructuring and funding transactions in respect of their assets throughout Africa;
  • The Standard Bank of South Africa Limited on the restructuring of its BEE transaction;
  • Wescoal Holdings Limited in relation to a specific issue of shares to a special purpose vehicle (BEE SPV), whose shareholders comprise a consortium of existing Wescoal shareholders;
  • Several banks and borrowers in the hospitality and gaming industry in restructuring of facilities during Covid period;
  • Several international development finance institutions in their investments in preference share funding in the SA market;
  • South African Breweries in the restructure and funding of its BEE transaction;
  • Standard Bank, Rand Merchant Bank and Old Mutual in relation to their financing and restructurings of the Mediclinic BEE transaction;
  • South African banks in relation to the Preference Share Funding in both the MTN and Vodacom BEE structures;
  • Restructuring of Shanduka/Pembani Group;
  • Preference Share Financing of original shareholders in SPAC listing;
  • Ship Financing transactions in Namibia;
  • Aircraft financing in South Africa, Mauritius, Kenya, Ethiopia and Cote D’Ivoire;
  • Financing of Hospital in Kenya;
  • Financing of Shopping Malls in South Africa and Zambia;
  • Several Preference Share funding transactions for acquisitions and projects, specifically funding and refinancing equity in the renewable energy space;
  • Restructuring of syndicated funding with regards to a group of companies doing business in South Africa, Mauritius and Australia;
  • A syndicate of lenders in funding for South African parastatal;
  • BEE groups on acquisitions and raising of funding; and
  • London based advisory group on transactions in Nigeria, South Africa and DRC.

Awards

  • Chambers and Partners ranked Jan in Band 3 for his work in Banking and Finance for eight consecutive years (2017 to 2024).
  • IFLR1000’s Financial and Corporate Guide rated Jan as a Highly Regarded Lawyer for his working in the Banking space for the past five consecutive years (2018 to 2023).
  • Legal 500 ranked Jan as a Leading Individual for Banking and Finance for two consecutive years (2023-2024) and a recommended lawyer in 2017 for the same category.
  • Who’s Who Legal recommended Jan for his work in Banking in South Africa (2024). 

‘Jan Kruger is trusted by every lender and I will always turn to him for debt markets and banking and finance matters.’ – Chambers and Partners, 2024

‘Jan Kruger specialises in handling preference share funding arrangements.’– Legal 500, 2024

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