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Jessica Blumenthal

Jessica Blumenthal

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Jessica Blumenthal is an Executive at ENS in the Banking and Finance practice, specialising in ESG and sustainable finance, structured finance, restructuring, financial services regulation and alternative investment strategies.

She has deep expertise in fund formation and regulatory advisory work for private equity, venture capital and other alternative investment funds and as part of this practice area Jessica advises impact funders, start-ups and fintech clients in respect of appropriate funding instruments.

Jessica represents institutional clients both in South Africa and internationally, including banks, asset managers, funds and insurers and is considered a trusted advisor to corporate clients, high net worth individuals and family offices.

Jessica’s experience includes designing and negotiating funding and security structures, undertaking solvent and distressed restructuring, establishing alternative investment structures (such as hedge funds, offshore unlisted funds and private equity funds) and providing regulatory advice in relation to South African financial services legislation and the South African regulatory environment, particularly in relation to financial services, collective investment schemes, investment management and company law.

Jessica is a founding member of the ESG working group at ENS and has presented on ESG and sustainability issues to financial services sector clients, advised banks and asset managers on policy and strategy adoption,  advised financial institutions on their internal processes to ensure ESG considerations are embedded in the investment process and represented both borrowers and lenders in sustainable finance transactions, including green, social and sustainability linked loans and facilities.

Jessica is a regular legal commentator and speaker, having presented widely on sustainability and financial services regulation to audiences in Africa and the United Kingdom.

Jessica serves on the Africa board of the Global Alliance of Impact Lawyers.

Jessica is recognised as a leading/recommended lawyer by:

  • The Legal 500 EMEA 2024, 2023, 2022, 2021 – Banking and Finance; Investment Funds (South Africa)
  • Best  Lawyers® 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017 – Banking and Finance, Structured Finance (South Africa) 
  • Chambers Global Guide 2024 – Banking (South Africa)
  • The Legal 500 EMEA Green Guide 2024 – Green Ambassador (South Africa)