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Wildu du Plessis

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Wildu du Plessis is the head of the Baker McKenzie's Banking and Finance Practice Group in Johannesburg as well as head of our Africa practice.

Wildu represents and advises leading domestic and international financial institutions, private equity groups and corporates in connection with a wide range of financing transactions, acquisitions, restructurings, regulatory and general finance matters. He advised on many of the most high profile first to market transactions in South Africa including: the first synthetic securitisation; the first asset backed conduit to be established; the first overnight call bond fund to be set up and the first high yield debt to be issued by a South African issuer. He also has extensive experience in project finance and has advised on both debt and equity capital market transactions across Africa.


Wildu was instrumental in the formation of Baker McKenzie in South Africa  Before joining the Firm in 2012 Wildu was at Werksmans Attorneys (a leading South African firm) for more than 15 years, where he headed up their Banking & Finance and Capital Markets & Securities practice.


English and Afrikaans


Law Society of Northern Provinces (South Africa)


Higher Diploma in Tax Law (Rand Afrikaans University) (1995) • LLB (cum laude) (University of Pretoria) (1992) • BLC (cum laude) (University of Pretoria) (1990) • Admitted as an attorney in South Africa (1993)

South Africa

Banking and finance

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Wildu du Plessis - Baker McKenzie Johannesburg

Within: Banking and finance

Baker McKenzie Johannesburg has a solid mix of South Africa and English-qualified senior practitioners. It has developed strong connections to DFIs and has ‘in-depth knowledge and excellent drafting and negotiation skills’. The group advised the lenders on the project financing of the 25MW Ngodwana biomass facility in the Mpumalanga Province. ‘Very good attorneyWildu du Plessis leads the team, which includes Jennifer Stolp and English-qualified Frances Okosi.

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Projects and infrastructure

Within: Projects and infrastructure

Baker McKenzie Johannesburg’s dedicated projects team has expanded its focus into the broader sub-Saharan region, most notably by leveraging its experience in renewable energy. Infrastructure, conventional power and transportation are also pivotal areas for the practice. Namibia, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Ethiopia are key jurisdictions for the practice, which is noted for its connections to banks, DFIs and export credit agencies (ECAs). It recently advised Rand Merchant Bank on the project financing of the 16.5MW biomass facility in Kwazulu Natal Province. Kieran Whyte is a senior name and backed by Jennifer Stolp and finance leader Wildu Du Plessis. Karel Potgieter has joined Norton Rose Fulbright in Sydney.

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