Jackie is a director in the banking and finance team in the Johannesburg office.
She is a highly experienced banking and finance lawyer with over 17 years of experience in advising on banking and finance matters. Jackie focuses on financial institutions, energy, telecoms and mining and specialises in project finance, acquisition finance, syndicated lending, preference share finance and trade finance.
Jackie has been listed as a leading lawyer in the financial and corporate space in IFLR1000, 2016 and has been frequently listed as a leading lawyer in Chambers Global. She has been recommended for her work in structured finance and project finance and has been described as “hands-on and full of energy and perseverance” and “intellectually rigorous, extremely thorough and really understands the needs of the banks”. She is recognised as a leading lawyer by Chambers Global 2014 who quote “Key partner Jackie Midlane is ‘very well known in the market’ for her work on large project finance mandates. Interviewees praise her experience, dedication and impressive work ethic“. She was also recently named by Client Choice International as South African Banking Lawyer of the Year 2014 and she is also listed as a recommended banking and finance, mining and projects and infrastructure lawyer in Legal500, 2015. Who’s Who Legal, 2016 listed Jackie as an expert in project finance and energy.
Jackie was recognised for banking and finance by Chambers Global, 2015 which states that “Jackie Midlane receives high praise from clients, who appreciate the dedication with which she represents their interests. Her recent work includes both lender and sponsor-side involvement on multibillion-rand project financings” and “she was also recognised for projects and energy that states “Jackie Midlane is well respected for her counsel on a variety of project finance mandates and has been especially active in the renewables sector of late.”
Widely recognised for her outstanding service to her clients, Jackie has been chosen as the exclusive winner of the banking category for South Africa in International Law Office (ILO) Client Choice Awards 2012, 2013 and 2014. Some of the glowing comments include “outcome-oriented, with informed yet practical suggestion and solutions”, “unrivalled professionalism in overcoming the complexities of the varied shareholders and their needs”, as well as “exceptional knowledge and skill of corporate finance and especially project finance, encompassing excellent negotiation skills”.
Jackie co-chairs the working committee of the South African Loan Market Association which converts English law primary and secondary loan documentation into a suite of South African law documents. This is a prestigious appointment and cements the practice’s credentials as a top tier banking and finance practice in South Africa.
Jackie is actively involved in the management of the South African practice, is a member of its management committee and of its remuneration committee. Jackie holds the degrees of B.Com (Wits) LLB (Wits) H.Dip Co law (Wits) and H.Dip Tax law (Wits).