ENSafrica has a dedicated banking and finance team which is well known for its scale and depth, and for its cross-border work throughout Africa.

Our key differentiator is our high level of in-depth, specialised expertise and experience across the full spectrum of banking and finance work, including financial services regulation, leveraged finance, asset finance, debt finance, trade finance and capital markets.

We work with leading African and international financial institutions and blue chip companies, and we are sought after by investors, including development finance institutions, who require our expertise in their complex and high value matters, including cross-border mandates spanning multiple countries.

We have the unique advantage, as part of Africa’s largest law firm, of being able to harness the expertise of more than 600 practitioners throughout the continent. ENSafrica has a significant breadth and depth of experience and specialist expertise that spans all commercial areas of law, tax, forensics and IP.

As such, we regularly partner with specialists across the firm (in areas such as tax, corporate commercial, employment, and insolvency, business rescue and debt recovery), meaning that we are able to assist with all aspects of all matters across all sectors in all African jurisdictions, ensuring that your legal requirements are handled quickly and seamlessly.

We have well-established capabilities in local law, English law, French law and OHADA law, which enables us to provide you with legal advice in every jurisdiction across the African continent.

possesses deep experience operating across the African continent, with numerous regional offices
— Chambers Global Guide 2018

what we offer

We advise local and international companies and financial institutions on the full spectrum of banking and finance matters, including:

  • asset finance, including aircraft finance
  • collective investment schemes and private instrument funds
  • debt capital markets
  • derivatives, swaps, repurchase transactions and securities lending
  • distressed debt and workouts
  • financial products and asset management
  • financial services regulation
  • fintech
  • general debt
  • hybrid debt
  • insurance, including export credits
  • Islamic finance
  • leveraged finance and private equity
  • pension funds
  • property finance
  • securitisations
  • structuring and financing of broad-based black economic empowerment transactions (South Africa)
  • structured finance
  • trade and commodity finance
ENSafrica ... has tremendous connections to major banks, non-bank institutional lenders, and has impressed in major corporate restructurings
— The Legal 500 EMEA Guide 2018
extremely knowledgeable of the local banking and insurance regulations, competitive pricing and always available
— IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate Guide 2019
they have been phenomenal. To me, the main things are the efficiency, the expert knowledge and the commercial sense they are able to employ. They really go an extra mile for us and give great advice
— Chambers Global Guide 2018

experiENS

ZAR52-billion
ZAR52-billion divestment of Absa from Barclays by Barclays Bank plc, involving Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, the United Kingdom and Zambia.
ZAR22-billion
ZAR22-billion recovery of money owed by the Steinhoff Group within five months for Absa Bank, China Construction Bank, Citibank South Africa, Depfin Investments, HSBC Bank South Africa, Investec Bank, iNguza Investments, Nedbank, Old Mutual, Rand Merchant Bank, Rapvest, Standard Bank of South Africa and Standard Chartered Bank.
ZAR20-billion
ZAR20-billion debt restructure of the Edcon Group.
USD750-million
USD750-million issuance of Namibia’s second sovereign bond by Barclays plc, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Standard Bank Group.
ZAR7.8-billion
ZAR7.8-billion acquisition of certain of Eqstra Holdings’ divisions by enX Group through a reverse takeover spanning several African jurisdictions and the United Kingdom.
USD140-million
USD140-million debt finance from the FMO, AfDB and TDB to Symbion Power Lake Kivu for a 50 MW integrated methane gas power plant in Rwanda, with the transaction spanning Burundi, Ivory Coast, the Netherlands and Rwanda.
USD35-million
USD35-million issuance of unsecured credit facilities to the Government of Rwanda and the Bank of Kigali by the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) to fund rural electrification and to finance renewable and energy-efficient projects.
USD30-million
USD30-million restructure of an existing facility by Standard Chartered Bank Uganda to a construction company in Tanzania.
USD24-million
USD24-million negotiation of funding facility with Gemcorp Capital LLP (UK) and the Finnish Fund For Industrial Cooperation for fintech financial services provider Jumo World and its subsidiaries in Ghana, Kenya, Pakistan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, the United Kingdom and Zambia.
banking licence
Attainment of a banking licence for Discovery Bank from the South African Registrar of Banks, as well as the creation of banking infrastructure and navigation of the regulatory environment.
ENSafrica understands how our business operates and adds value in the implementation of our transactions
— Chambers Global Guide 2018

contact

Roger Rudolph

executive
rrudolph@ENSafrica.com

expertise

expertise

African regulatory and business intelligence
agribusiness
Asia
aviation
banking and finance
Broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE)
competition/antitrust
corporate commercial
dispute resolution
employment
environment
fiduciary
fintech
forensics
immigration
India
insolvency, business rescue and debt recovery
insurance
intellectual property (IP)
intelligENS
mine and occupational health and safety
mining
private clients
private equity
pro bono and corporate social investment
project development and project finance
real estate / property
shipping, ports and logistics
tax
technology, media and telecommunications