Lance Roderick


Lance Roderick


T:+27 31 582 5654

F:+27 31 582 5700

Lance is a director in our pan-African team based in Durban.

He is a private equity and investment funds lawyer, and has extensive experience in African private equity funds. He also regularly advises on cross-border corporate and commercial transactions in Africa.

Lance heads up our South African Investment Funds Practice, which is ranked Tier 1 by Legal500 2013. He is recognised by International Who’s Who Legal for Private Funds 2015 as one of the world’s leading private funds lawyers.

Prior to joining the practice in 2008, Lance spent over eight years working in London. His clients have included Absa Bank, African Agriculture Fund, Aureos Capital, Catalyst Principal Partners, Government Employees Pension Fund, Novare Equity Partners, Peregrine, Phatisa, Sanlam Investments and Unilever South Africa. He has also acted for various development finance institutions, including Agence Française de Développement (AFD), African Development Bank (AfDB) and International Finance Corporation (IFC).

Lance obtained a BCom in 1993 and an LLB in 1995, both from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He is dual qualified, having been admitted as an attorney in South Africa in 1998 and as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2002.

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  • Selected client work
    • Advised Absa Bank on the sale by it of its interest in Absa Capital Private Equity Fund I to HarbourVest Partners and Coller Capital.
    • Advised Sanlam Investments on the establishment of the Sanlam Africa Credit Investments Limited, a pan African credit fund established in Mauritius.
    • Advised Phatisa Property Fund Managers on the establishment of the Pan African Housing Fund.
    • Advised the sponsors, including Agence Française de Développement, African Development Bank and the Government of Spain, on the establishment of the US$243 million African Agriculture Fund established in Mauritius.
    • Advised Catalyst Principal Partners on the establishment of the US$125 million Catalyst Fund I, an East African private equity fund.