Thursday, April 22, 2021

Ian Sinton has joined leading African law firm, Bowmans, as a consultant. His extensive knowledge of the banking environment and, arguably, unmatched experience advising boards in crisis will enhance the firm’s service offering across the continent.

Chairman and Senior Partner, Robert Legh, says, ‘We’re delighted to have the benefit of Ian’s wisdom and experience. It will be instrumental in helping us to ensure that we remain relevant to our in-house legal clients who are increasingly facing high-stakes issues across multiple jurisdictions.’

Sinton is well placed to assist. He served the Standard Bank Group as general counsel for almost 20 years – first as Global General Counsel for its Corporate and Investment Banking Division and then as Group General Counsel for the Standard Bank Group until his retirement in June 2019, after which he worked part time as a consultant on special projects.

During this period, he was responsible for providing legal, commercial and risk-based advice to the boards of directors, executive committees and senior executives of all companies and divisions within the Standard Bank Group. He was accountable for approximately 260 dedicated lawyers charged with mitigating legal risk within all the jurisdictions where the bank had a presence.

On the strategic front, Sinton was instrumental in implementing mergers and acquisitions across the globe including in Argentina, Brazil, Hong Kong, Russia, Singapore, the UK and in multiple African jurisdictions.

He is also no stranger to advocating for improvements in regulation. He successfully persuaded the South African Reserve Bank to adjust its capital-preserving requirements for derivatives and helped to persuade Parliament to introduce section 35B of the Insolvency Act.

Sinton has B.Com and LLB degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Legh concludes, ‘Ian’s experience as a general counsel managing a significant number of high-risk issues for Standard Bank’s operations, both in South Africa and around the world, will complement our existing expertise across the spectrum of legal disciplines. We believe that his appointment will strengthen our ability to help our clients with their most complex legal issues in Africa.’