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Yolande Murphy

Senior Associate | Cape Town

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Overview

Yolande Murphy is a senior associate in our Cape Town office Banking and Finance Department and a member of the General Finance Practice.

She has experience in general finance transactions, preference share and BEE funding, structured finance, secured and syndicated lending, debt restructuring and project finance, as well as general corporate and commercial matters. Yolande has assisted various financial institutions and banks, as well as borrowers involved in these transactions.

Experience

  • Acted for Absa Bank Limited (Absa) in relation to the formation of the African Rainbow Energy Fund Partnership (the Partnership), a private-equity renewable-energy-investment-fund in partnership with African Rainbow Energy and Power Proprietary Limited (AREP). She was involved mainly in the debt part of the transaction in terms of which Absa transferred R5 billion of its existing renewable energy loan assets to the Partnership.
  • Advised FirstRand Bank Limited (acting through its Rand Merchant Bank division) on the provision of acquisition finance for the large and complex acquisition by Old Mutual Private Equity of Long4Life Limited (an investment holding company that was listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange) by way of a scheme of arrangement in terms of section 114 of the Companies Act and the subsequent corporate restructuring and refinancing of the L4L group.
  • Acted as legal advisors to a group of companies and private equity funds in the renewable energy sector in connection with a senior term facility and bridge loan facility made available to it by a large South African bank, which was used to, amongst other things, settle historic hybrid interest intruments. Our client, in turn, issued new hybrid interest instruments to affiliates to refinance its investments in project companies. We subsequently assisted the client with preference share funding to settle the bridge loan facility.
  • Acted as legal advisers to FirstRand Bank Limited (acting through its Rand Merchant Bank division), The Standard Bank of South Africa Limited (acting through its Corporate and Investment Banking division) and the other lenders in respect of the amendments, consents and waivers required by Distell Limited and its affiliates for the implementation of the scheme of arrangement pursuant to which Heineken International B.V. indirectly acquired a majority stake in Distell Group Holdings.
  • Advised Investec Bank Limited and FirstRand Bank Limited (acting through its Rand Merchant Bank division) in the financial restructuring and refinancing of the Barron Group, one of the largest branding, clothing and apparel producers in southern Africa.

AREA OF EXPERTISE

Qualifications

  • LLB degree from the University of South Africa (awarded cum laude.)
  • Received a Graduate Excellence Award for being a top performer in the College of Law.

Overview

Yolande Murphy is a senior associate in our Cape Town office Banking and Finance Department and a member of the General Finance Practice.

She has experience in general finance transactions, preference share and BEE funding, structured finance, secured and syndicated lending, debt restructuring and project finance, as well as general corporate and commercial matters. Yolande has assisted various financial institutions and banks, as well as borrowers involved in these transactions.

Experience

  • Acted for Absa Bank Limited (Absa) in relation to the formation of the African Rainbow Energy Fund Partnership (the Partnership), a private-equity renewable-energy-investment-fund in partnership with African Rainbow Energy and Power Proprietary Limited (AREP). She was involved mainly in the debt part of the transaction in terms of which Absa transferred R5 billion of its existing renewable energy loan assets to the Partnership.
  • Advised FirstRand Bank Limited (acting through its Rand Merchant Bank division) on the provision of acquisition finance for the large and complex acquisition by Old Mutual Private Equity of Long4Life Limited (an investment holding company that was listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange) by way of a scheme of arrangement in terms of section 114 of the Companies Act and the subsequent corporate restructuring and refinancing of the L4L group.
  • Acted as legal advisors to a group of companies and private equity funds in the renewable energy sector in connection with a senior term facility and bridge loan facility made available to it by a large South African bank, which was used to, amongst other things, settle historic hybrid interest intruments. Our client, in turn, issued new hybrid interest instruments to affiliates to refinance its investments in project companies. We subsequently assisted the client with preference share funding to settle the bridge loan facility.
  • Acted as legal advisers to FirstRand Bank Limited (acting through its Rand Merchant Bank division), The Standard Bank of South Africa Limited (acting through its Corporate and Investment Banking division) and the other lenders in respect of the amendments, consents and waivers required by Distell Limited and its affiliates for the implementation of the scheme of arrangement pursuant to which Heineken International B.V. indirectly acquired a majority stake in Distell Group Holdings.
  • Advised Investec Bank Limited and FirstRand Bank Limited (acting through its Rand Merchant Bank division) in the financial restructuring and refinancing of the Barron Group, one of the largest branding, clothing and apparel producers in southern Africa.

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