Bridgett Majola is a senior associate in Baker McKenzie's Banking & Finance Practice Group. She is the 2017 JCI South Africa National President, a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, one of Mail & Guardian's 200 Young South Africans 2014, and chairperson of the Future Leaders Network, under the auspices of the International Project Finance Association.
Bridgett focuses her practice on various forms of debt finance, including project finance and leveraged loan facilities. She has experience in drafting facility agreements, security documents and other finance documents for various debt finance structures and has counselled project sponsors and finance parties on energy and infrastructure projects, particularly renewable energy projects focusing on solar, CSP, wind energy, and biomass plants under the South African Renewable Energy IPP Procurement Programme.
Representative Legal Matters
- Advised Development Bank of Southern Africa on a ZAR 842,384,293 term loan facility for KTVR Bus Service Proprietary Limited to finance its bus fleet as part of the roll-out of phase one of the "Harambee" bus rapid transit network in Ekurhuleni, South Africa.
- Acted as lender's counsel to Nedbank Limited and ABSA Bank Limited on the development of the Ngodwana Energy biomass project in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa as part of Round 3.5 of the South African Renewable Energy IPP Procurement Programme.
- Advised Rand Merchant Bank on a ZAR 75 million refinancing acquisition finance term loan.
- Advised the Development Bank of Southern Africa in connection with the regulatory compliance of the Public Management Finance Act for the small REIPPP programme.
- Advised a group of lenders including International Finance Corporation, Absa Bank Limited and Rand Merchant Bank (acting through its Corporate and Investment Banking division) on the USD 60 million and ZAR 4,516,105,327 financing for Petra Diamonds, the Southern African diamond mining group.
- Advised on the financing aspects of the first Australian acquisition for AEW Asia of a commercial office building at 55 Clarence Street, Sydney.
- Advised a consortium of banks led by a global banking and financial services company as Mandated Lead Arranger in respect of the local law aspects of a USD 400,000 term loan facility made to Investec Bank Limited.
- Advised a consortium of banks led by Bank of America Merrill Lynch International Limited as Mandated Lead Arranger in respect of the local law aspects of a USD 50,000 term loan facility made to Investec Bank Limited.
- Advised a multinational banking and financial services company on a USD 15 million agricultural commodities borrowing base facility for RCMA Commodities South Africa.
- Advised an international bank in connection with a structured trade finance facility for EUR 50 million.
- Next Generation Lawyer, Banking & Finance, Legal 500 EMEA 2017
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Law Society of Northern Provinces - Member
- South Africa (2009)
- University of Witwatersrand (Certificate in Competition Law) (2012)
- University of KwaZulu-Natal (LL.B.) (2006)
Author, "When is a company an operating company for tax purposes?," SA ePublications, June 2014
Author, "Constraints and complexities of funding water projects for municipalities in South Africa," Environment.co.za, April 2013
Author, "African regulators get to grips with mergers and acquisitions," Financial Times Online, September 2012
Speaker, 3rd Annual Africa Global Real Estate Institute 2015, Johannesburg
Speaker, Seminar on China - Africa Investment and Trade Law, Beijing, China