Wildu du Plessis

Baker & McKenzie


Wildu du Plessis is the head of Baker McKenzie’s Global Africa Practice. He is based in the Johannesburg office and also leads the office’s banking and finance and restructuring and insolvency practices.

Mr. du Plessis is regularly ranked as one of South Africa's leading lawyers and has been recognized by Chambers Global and the Legal 500 as such for a number of years.

Practice Focus

Mr. du Plessis 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 has advised on many of the most high profile first-to-market transactions in South Africa including: the first synthetic securitization; 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. Mr. du Plessis also has extensive experience in project finance and has advised on both debt and equity capital market transactions across Africa.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Law Society of the Northern Provinces - Member


  • South Africa (1993)


  • Rand Afrikaans University (Higher Diploma Tax Law) (1995)
  • University of Pretoria (LL.B., cum laude) (1992)
  • University of Pretoria (Bachelor of Civil Law, cum laude) (1990)


  • Afrikaans
  • English