White & Case Hires Director of Allen & Overy in Johannesburg to Strengthen Debt Financing Coverage


Banking and financial partner Lionel Shawe will provide both national and cross-border expertise

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White & Case has hired Lionel Shawe, Managing Partner of Allen & Overy (A&O) in Johannesburg, to strengthen its global and Africa debt financing practices.

Banking and finance lawyer Shawe joins as a partner in the firm’s Johannesburg office, bringing with him extensive experience in advising on domestic and cross-border transactions. He specializes in mining and aircraft financing, fund acquisition and financing, and various other types of debt and equity transactions.

Gareth Hodder, Executive Partner of White & Case in Johannesburg, said: “Africa’s continued development offers significant investment opportunities, especially in telecommunications, banking, energy and transport, and “South Africa is an established hub and gateway for the continent.”

He added, “The addition of Lionel in Johannesburg will complement our M&A and corporate practice… and help meet the growing demand from our clients here for advice on complex international transactions.”

Shawe joined A&O to lead the opening of its Johannesburg office in 2014 from Bowmans, where he was responsible for banking and finance for almost five years. Previously, he was responsible for banking and financial services at Deneys Reitz, where he spent 14 years.

Colin Harley, Regional Head of EMEA Banking Services at White & Case, said: “Lionel is a leading banking lawyer who will bring further strength, depth and credibility to our debt financing practice in Johannesburg and in the world. Offering more extensive debt financing capabilities in Johannesburg through the addition of Lionel will allow us to provide even greater support to global clients on inbound investments in South Africa and the sub-Saharan region and to South African clients who looking to invest outside the country. “

Shawe is the third high profile addition to its South African business in the past three years. Gary Felthun joined ENSafrica in 2018 to lead the company’s M&A and corporate practice in Johannesburg, with Hodder also moving to Johannesburg during this time.

Oliver Brettle, White & Case Global Executive Committee Member, said: “Africa is a strategically important market for the company, we have been advising clients across the continent for over 40 years, and our Johannesburg office is one of them. the key. The addition of Lionel demonstrates our continued commitment to the office and the region. “

White & Case was the first international law firm to open in South Africa, in 1995, and currently lists five partners as being based there.

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