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Werksmans Attorneys

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Cape Town, Johannesburg

Richard Roothman

Work +27 11 535 81115
Werksmans Attorneys

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Banking & Finance.


Richard is a director of Werksmans and heads the firm’s Banking & Finance practice group. He has significant expertise in banking and finance law and has been involved in some of the largest, most complex banking and finance transactions undertaken in South Africa to date. Richard has advised various domestic and international banks, financial institutions, borrowers and ratings agencies on black economic empowerment, project finance, debt capital market, syndicated loan, structured finance and private equity financing transactions.


Richard was appointed a director of Werksmans in 2007. He is consistently recognised in international ratings. He was named as a leading lawyer in: Capital Markets in The International Who’s Who of Capital Market Lawyers (2014); Debt & Equity and Structured Finance in The International Who’s Who of Capital Market Lawyers (2013); Banking & Finance (2011-2019) and Capital Markets (2012 - 2019) by Chambers Global:The World's Leading Lawyers for Business; Leading lawyer in Capital Markets (2010 – 2017); Banking (2011-2017) and Project Finance (2011 – 2013) by IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms; and named as "leading lawyer" for Banking & Finance by The Legal 500 (2018).
Richard has also been ranked as a "highly regarded" practitioner for Banking, Project Finance, Capital Markets: Debt and Capital Markets: Structured finance and securitisation in IFLR1000 (2018).


Richard is a member of the Law Society of the Northern Provinces.


Richard has BCom (Law) and LLB degrees from the University of Pretoria. He also has two LLM degrees, one from Cornell University in the USA and the second, an LLM in Tax, from the University of the Witwatersrand. Richard is an admitted attorney in New York, USA, as well as South Africa.

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Richard Roothman - Werksmans Attorneys

Within: Banking and finance

Werksmans Attorneys has a firmly established practice with a lengthy record in acquisition and leveraged finance, structured finance and DCM, project finance and syndicated lending. Restructurings and refinancings are key growth areas; a team led by Elliott Wood advised Blue Label Telecoms as a new shareholder in Cell C as part of the latter's headline restructuring. Danny Andropoulos has cemented the firm's connection to Standard Bank with he and the firm advising the bank on a series of major financings and refinancings. Paul Tindle is another key name an advised Real People on a capital restructure transaction. Richard Roothman is outstanding in structured finance.

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