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Sean Lederman

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Banking and Finance




Sean Lederman is a director at ENSafrica and is joint head of the firm’s banking and finance department.

Sean specialises in leveraged finance, asset finance and other forms of debt finance transactions, including corporate debt.

His rankings reflect his position as one of the leading finance lawyers in South Africa.

Sean’s areas of deep specialisation include aircraft finance and he is recognised as the foremost lawyer for aircraft financing transactions in South Africa. Sean has advised on the majority of the large transactions (including operating lease and export credit finance transactions) that have occurred in this area in South Africa over the past two and a half decades.

Sean is also particularly known for his work on leveraged finance transactions, including in the private equity space. Sean has acted for both lenders and borrowers in this area and his clients include local and foreign banks, corporate borrowers, private equity houses, operating lessors, airlines and foreign law firms.


BProc (University of the Witwatersrand); and Admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa.

South Africa

Banking and finance

Within: Leading individuals

Sean Lederman - ENSafrica

Within: Banking and finance

ENSafrica continues to win accolades for refinancings, restructurings and cross-border financings; the team features English and OHADA law experts. A team led by Craig Saven advised IFC on a tier 2 subordinated regulated capital loan to I&M Bank in Rwanda. The firm is also noted for regulatory work and fund-driven financings and is 'commercially savvy', 'understands its clients' businesses, the industry and realities', 'offers solutions to problems' and 'proactively tries to pre-empt any foreseeable problems'. Sean Lederman has an outstanding reputation, as does Roger Rudolph and preference share funding specialist Hermann Wessels. Clinton van Loggerenberg is 'a phenomenal debt capital markets attorney', is 'a pleasure to work with' and is especially recommended for derivatives and structured finance. Project finance expert Bradley Harber has joined from Norton Rose Fulbright.

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Shipping and transport

Within: Shipping and transport

ENSafrica has an outstanding shipping, maritime and aviation finance practice, with an especially strong record in marine insurance, casualty and cargo arrest matters. It has 'a team of top-class attorneys' led by Tony Norton, 'a well-versed and respected member of the maritime industry'. Michael Tucker led the team that advised Time Charterers on MV Smart, which grounded and was wrecked at Richards Bay. Kate Pitman is another leading maritime lawyer and Sean Lederman is recommended for aviation finance. Senior associate Jacqui Kaufmann is also noted.

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