- Significant Matters
The need for commercially sound legal advice is becoming increasingly critical in the emerging markets of Africa where governments and the private sector are fully focused on investments necessary to empower development.
We are recognised as the leading Finance Practice in Sub-Saharan Africa and a market-leader in innovation, efficiency, documentation standards and best practice. Our active presence in key African jurisdictions and deep relationships across the continent allow us to offer seamless cross-border solutions. These advantages also afford us an unrivalled understanding of the requirements for local and cross-border funding transactions.
The members of our integrated team specialise in complex domestic and cross-border finance transactions and have extensive knowledge of leveraged and acquisition finance, structured finance, capital markets, projects and infrastructure, real estate finance, trade and export finance, commodities finance, derivatives, securitisation, preference share finance, subordinated debt and insolvency and restructuring.
Our depth of expertise enables us to provide advice across the entire capital structure of a transaction (from working capital facilities to hedging; equity financing to mezzanine debt).
We have become the trusted advisers to many of the leading African and international sponsors, alternative capital providers, corporate and investment banks, financial institutions, funds, venture capital providers, corporate borrowers, state-owned entities, regulatory bodies, governments and insolvency and business rescue practitioners.
Our specialist expertise include:
- Acquisition finance
- Asset finance
- Commodities finance
- Corporate finance
- ECIC export credit finance
- Leveraged finance
- Mining and resource finance
- Preference share funding
- Real estate finance
- Secured lending
- Structured finance
- Subordinated and mezzanine funding
- Syndicated finance
- Trade/ commodity finance
- Venture capital
Chambers and Partners, 2022
‘stellar banking and finance practice … with a strong track record of complex and high-value deals’
‘well equipped to advise on the full gamut of transactional and regulatory mandates, including trade and project finance, debt restructuring and syndicated lending’
‘has an excellent reputation in cross-border transactions both in Africa and beyond’
‘a well-known law firm that undertakes a wide range of financial mandates incorporating acquisition finance, loan agreements and debt restructurings, as well as offering regulatory advice’
‘Its diverse expertise includes sector-specific knowledge of the mining, telecoms, tourism and real estate industries’
‘has experience featuring in complex deals involving numerous parties’
Legal 500, 2021
‘a formidable player’
‘extensive and rounded abilities should not be overlooked’
‘continues to be at the forefront of acquisition finance, major corporate restructurings and other mainstream conventional financings, and has achieved greater prominence in growth segments such as sustainable finance’
‘represents numerous big-name lenders, corporate borrowers and private equity houses’
‘direct representation in various countries … provides the team with the benefit of including local counsel services into their offering’