Panel Member In The Spotlight

NADIA SMITH

BCom LLB (Stellenbosch)


Banking and Finance Law, and Corporate and Commercial Law
Admitted as attorney in 2006
Previously at Werksmans and ENS

Nadia has a BCom and LLB and was admitted as an attorney in 2006 after having completed her articles at Jan S De Villiers Attorneys (now Werksmans). Nadia then joined Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in Amsterdam as an associate for 4 years before returning to South Africa. Once home, she joined ENS working as a senior associate in the banking and finance department for 3 years before joining Caveat in 2015.

Nadia specilaises in Banking and Finance work, including:

  • Structuring and refinancing of debt transactions and related security arrangements (including guarantees, pledges and cessions and subordination arrangements)
  • Equity and intergroup financing through debt

 

She also performs more general Commercial work, including:

  • Formlising stakeholder relations;
  • Sale of shares transactions in particular in the renewable energy sector
  • Sale agreements including general business sales
  • Lease matters in particular drafting residential and corporate lease agreements
  • Supply and distribution transactions in particular in the recycling sector

 

Notable legal matters before joining Caveat include:-

  • Acting for a black empowerment investment holding company in relation to the acquisition of a minority shareholding in one of South Africa’s biggest news publishing groups.
  • Acting for a specialist investment company in relation to equity bridge funding and term funding into the target company.
  • Acting for one of South Africa’s leading financial institutions in relation to a joint investment into an outdoor manufacturing company.
  • Acting for a South African renewable energy project company in relation to bridge loan funding in respect of the black economic empowerment (“BEE”) equity stake in a solar farm project.
  • Acting for a consortium (including an international operating power company actively developing energy solutions for the emerging markets of Africa and the Americas) in relation to the transaction management of the closing of a wind farm project.
  • Acting for various of South Africa’s leading financial intuitions in relation to debt and equity funding (including property development funding) and related security structures.
  • Acting for JP Morgan Securities on a €1,3 billion Dutch RMBS note issuance under the Orange Lion RMBS platform of ING Bank.
  • Acting for Unitas Capital in respect of the acquisition of a leading Dutch manufacturing group of companies (Target Group).
  • Acting for Rabobank International, ING Bank, The Royal Bank of Scotland and other mandated lead arrangers on a €1 billion syndicated loan for Koninklijke FrieslandCampina (one of the largest dairy producers in the world).
  • Acting for Standard Chartered Bank as new liquidity and swing-line provider on the refinancing of the US$125 million Rosy Blue ABCP programme (the only diamond securitisation in the world).
  • Acting for Rabobank International as lead arranger in respect of an acquisition facility for a Dutch supermarket chain (Bidco) on its bid for a competing chain owned by a private equity fund.
  • Acting for Wendel Investissement SA (as joint venture sponsor) in relation to the corporate and financial restructuring of the Stahl Group (deal value approximately €200 million) involving a debt buy-back of €60 million.

 

Articles published by Nadia: Notarial Bonds ‎and Demand Loans