Our Finance and Banking practice has a strong team of financial services lawyers who offer comprehensive and strategic advice in all areas of financial service activities. Our financial services team includes several prominent lawyers who are recognised as leaders in the financial services arena in South Africa.
We represent some of the largest international banks and all the major banking groups in South Africa. Our financial services lawyers are often called on to give advice on banks’ lending arrangements and regulatory compliance matters. We advise foreign banks on establishing representative branches in South Africa.
We also represent borrowers from the public and private sectors, and financial services providers and other organisations that have direct and indirect interests in lending arrangements. Our lawyers are advise asset managers, development finance institutions, private equity funds, insurance underwriters, rating agencies, security trusts and guarantors.
We offer our clients comprehensive services and support that is built on a wealth of experience and a deep understanding of the financial services arena and corresponding regulatory environment.
We offer specialist advice on:
- Hedge Funds and Collective Investment Schemes
Establishing and operating hedge funds and collective investment schemes, and structuring new products
Concluding and documenting exchange-traded derivatives (including futures, options and swaps) using ISDA Master Agreements and over-the-counter derivatives
- Insurance and Retirement Funds
All aspects of insurance law and drafting insurance policies; we advise pension and provident fund administrators and trustees
- Financial Markets and Financial Service Regulation
All aspects of primary and secondary legislation governing financial markets and financial services; these include the Securities Service Act, Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services Act, the National Credit Act and anti-money-laundering legislation. We also make submissions to the industry regulator on a client’s behalf
- Safe Custody and Administration of Securities
Drafting agreements and other required documents for safe custody arrangements
- Securities Lending
Drafting various types of securities lending arrangements,, including arrangements using ISLA Master Agreements.