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Daniel Leslie


Daniel Leslie


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Daniel Leslie is a New York- and South Africa-qualified banking and finance lawyer based in the Toronto office. He is a member of the business law group.

Daniel's experience includes varied aspects of financings, including project finance, acquisition finance, leveraged finance and assets-based lending, with significant experience in the infrastructure and energy industries. His experience uniquely extends to bank regulatory matters including international AML compliance, having advised major international entities on compliance with relevant regulatory laws. He is the author of the highly acclaimed book Legal Principles for Combatting Cyberlaundering, following his resourceful research on bank regulations and cyber-security at the Max Planck Institute in Freiburg, Germany.

Daniel had previously worked with prominent international law firms in the finance sector, and formerly as an associate legal officer at the International Criminal Court.

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  • Education
    Ph.D., University of the Western Cape/Humboldt University, 2013
    LL.M., University of the Western Cape, 2011
    LL.B. Law (cum laude), University of Pretoria, 2010
    BA, English Literature, University of Ilorin, 2004


  • Representative experience


    • Advised an international development finance institution in connection with a US$100 million financing made available to a state utility in Zambia for the funding of the 750MW Kafue River Hydroelectric Power Project (Lower Dam) in Zambia. 

    • Advised an international bank on the financing of the third Busamed Modderfontein Private Hospital located on Malboro Drive in Gauteng, South Africa. The hospital has an estimated value of about US$20 million and it will be a 3-storey development with 200 beds. It will also include a sports clinic and a 100 bed sub-acute facility. The planned area of development is 20,000m².

    • Advised on the capital expatriation, exchange control regulations, and company structuring of a special purpose vehicle in relation to a 10MW gas-fired power plant in Kampala, Uganda (Project). Advising on the development and financing of the Project. 

    • Advised a development finance institution on its participation in a US$100 million gas (CBM) exploration, development, and production in South Africa. Core tasks include reviewing and drafting amendments to farm-out and joint development agreements.

    • Advising an international bank on its provision of a US$24 million senior secured financing to an East African commodities company.

    • Advising a Fortune 500 financial institution on cross border capital bond issuance and funding of mortgages for the client’s pension fund members.

    • Advising an international bank on its acquisition financing of an asset management and private equity firm in relation to an international corporate finance institution.


    • Advised a number of Fortune 500 companies on the legal ramifications of cyberlaundering for purposes of establishing a cyber security legal framework.
    • Advised a major inter-governmental agency on the international legal ramifications of South Africa’s proposed cybercrime bill.
    • Developed anti-money laundering and anti-corruption compliance programs for NGOs in Africa being funded by a Fortune 500 US-based entity, and that operate in key African jurisdictions, such as Nigeria, and South Africa.


  • Admissions
    • New York 2014
    • South Africa 2017
  • Publications

    The USMCA – Impact on the financial services sector

    On September 30, 2018, Canada and the United States announced they had reached a resolution on certain trade issues and agreed on the text of a new trilateral trade agreement with Mexico to be called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Once ratified, the USMCA will replace the longstanding trilateral North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). .

    November 09, 2018