Katia Mengel

Director

Katia Mengel

Johannesburg

T:+27 11 685 8546

F:+27 11 301 3200

Katia Mengel is a banking and finance lawyer based in Johannesburg.

Katia specialises in local and cross border finance work, with considerable experience and knowledge in project finance and acquisition finance related work in the energy and mining spheres. She is also experienced in bilateral and syndicated lending transactions, leverage transactions and preference share funding.

Katia is a member of the African Loan Market Association (ALMA) and has been involved in the association since its inception. She continues to be involved in the drafting of the South African law equivalent to the English law primary and secondary loan documents. Katia is a member of the International Project Finance Association and is the current chairlady of Women in Red South Africa, the Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa professional women’s forum.

Katia joined the practice in 2009, prior to which she spent almost two years working in the banking and finance team of a large law firm in London where she focused on general banking, syndicated lending and trade finance transactions, particularly within the emerging markets. She graduated with the BA LLB degrees from the University of Cape Town in 2002 and was admitted as an attorney in March 2006. Katia speaks English and French fluently.

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  • Selected client work
    • Tsitsikamma: acted as advisers to Nedbank Limited (acting through its Nedbank Capital division) in relation to the structuring of the 95.325 MW wind project in Tsitsikamma, as well as the debt and equity financing of the development, construction and operation of the project.
    • ACED Cookhouse:  acted as advisors to The Standard Bank of South Africa Limited, Nedbank Limited (acting through its Nedbank Capital division) and Futuregrowth Asset Management Proprietary Limited in relation to the structuring of the 135 MW wind project in Cookhouse, as well as the debt and equity financing of the development, construction and operation of the project.
    • Kaxu/Khi CSP:  acted as advisors to Abengoa Solar International and the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa as sponsors in relation to the structuring of the 100 MW KaXu solar CSP project and the 50MW Khi solar CSP project, as well as the debt and equity financing of the development, construction and operation of the projects.
    • Moyeng West Coast 1: acted as advisers to GDF Suez Energy Asia Turkey and Southern Africa B.V., Investec Bank Limited and Tiso Resources Proprietary Limited as sponsors in relation to the structuring of the 94 MW wind project in the Western Cape Province, as well as the debt and equity financing of the development, construction and operation of the project.
    • BioTherm Konkoonsies/Aries solar pv facilities: acted as advisers to Nedbank Capital (a division of Nedbank Limited) and The Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa in relation to the structuring two 10MW photovoltaic solar power generating facilities in the Northern Cape, as well as the debt and equity financing of the development, construction and operation of the projects.
    • Acted as advisers to a major South African locomotives manufacturer in an ECA backed USD40 million term loan facilities in respect of the financing and construction of locomotives in Sierra Leone.
    • Acted as advisers to Standard Chartered Bank, the Standard Bank of South Africa Limited, Credit Suisse and Caterpillar Financial SARL in relation to a term loan facility to Discovery Copper Botswana (Proprietary) Limited for the Boseto Copper Project in Botswana.
    • Acted as advisers to Standard Chartered Bank in relation to a limited recourse project finance facility to Boteti Mining (Proprietary) Limited for the AK06 Boteti Diamond Mine Project located in Botswana.
    • Acting as advisers to FirstRand Bank Limited (acting through its Rand Merchant Bank division) in relation to the preference share funding of the South African Toll Road Company.
    • Acted as advisers to Depfin Investments Proprietary Limited (a wholly owned subsidiary of Nedbank Limited) in relation to the R450 million preference share funding of Newshelf 1063 Proprietary Limited (RF) for purposes of increasing the investment portfolio of Brimstone Investment Corporation Limited.