Legal Executive – Fund Managers – Sandton


Our client is based in Sandton and is one of the largest independent funders in Africa with many investments across the continent. As well as special projects in energy and renewables in multiple countries in Africa.

They are looking for an experienced Banking and Finance Attorney to join their team of Investment Managers. This person will head up the legal function within the organisation, and be the custodian of all legal risk within the group.

Although performance driven and ambitious, our clients culture places a high value on work/life balance.

This role is ideal for a successful Banking & Finance lawyer who enjoys their work and is well qualified and competent, but does not want to be subjected to billable hours anymore.

Minimum Requirements

Qualified attorney with excellent academic results from a top university. - The investment team has outstanding qualifications and experience and we are looking for a individual on par with them.

The candidate should have at least 3 or 4 years of post-qualification experience in commercial debt law. They may consider someone with M&A experience but debt experience is ideal.

The candidate should have solid experience in either a reputable Banking and Finance team of a large law firm or similar with proper Debt and Investment experience on local and cross border commercial transactions.

The candidate could also have a good track record from a Commercial Bank, or Investment Banking department of a bank or similar where large commercial transactional legal work and agreements are part of their daily function.

The candidate must be obsessed with detail & getting it right balanced with a solutions orientated approach.

EE is an advantage but not essential

Role Description

Role is based in their head office in Sandton.

A significant part of the role will be reviewing loan & pref transaction agreements on new deals, so they need the candidate to be competent and experienced in this field.

A lot of the actual drafting is done by external counsel - large law firms, so reviewing is key.

Experience in Project Finance, Debt Capital Markets, Investment Banking, Securitisation etc will be advantageous.

The job description would involve the full compliance and company secretarial function on the more menial side, but would also include advising our client on its legal matters with investors and legal agreements on all investments in SA and rest of Africa.

There are some instances where the company needs to enter into litigation due to default on debts- which the Legal Executive will need to manage through external counsel.

City: Sandton

Salary: R1 - R1.5 mill negotiable and a bonus up to 50%

Duration: Full time