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Lara Stockley

Baker & McKenzie


Lara Stockley is an Associate in the Banking & Finance Practice Group in Johannesburg.

Practice Focus

Lara has experience in secured and syndicated lending acting for both lenders and borrowers in financing transactions, debt restructuring and structured and trade finance.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Advised the Aspen group of companies in relation to a EUR 600 million term loan facility and group guarantee with various international DFIs, as lenders. 
  • Advised the Lender Group on the financial restructuring of Petra Diamonds Limited through the restructuring of the existing ZAR 1.6 billion first lien facilities and the equitization of a portion of Petra's second lien notes debt. 
  • Advised two African bank lenders in connection with the drafting and negotiating of a USD50 million bridge standby letter of credit facility made avalaible to a petroleum corporation operating in Africa. 
  • Advised Aveng Limited in respect of the launch of its follow on co-underwritten, renounceable rights offer to raise a capital amount of ZAR100 million through the allotment and issue of A class and ordinary shares. 
  • Advised a multinational investment bank in connection with a syndicated uncommitted transactional secured borrowing base revolving credit facility. 
  • Represented a Mauritian bank in relation to a USD20 million bank to bank loan facility made available to an African bank for on-lending, as well as a participation agreement in terms of which other Mauritian banks participated in the financing. 
  • Advised a South African publicly listed entity in connection with its cash incentivized early repurchase of its ZAR 3.25 billion convertible bonds. 
  • Advised one of the DFI lenders in respect of the restructuring of certain facilities made available to finance the construction, completion, ownership and operation of a manufacturing plant for the manufacture and production of Aluminum-Zinc coated products.
  • Regularly assists with the preparation of due diligence reports for banking and finance related matters.


  • South Africa (2021)


  • University of Witwatersrand (LLM, with Distinction) (2019)
  • University of Cape Town (LLB) (2016)
  • University of Cape Town (BA) (2013)