Baker McKenzie Appoints Lodewyk Meyer

Baker McKenzie has appointed trade and commodity finance expert Lodewyk Meyer as a partner in its banking and finance practice group in Johannesburg.

Lodewyk covers all aspects of lending and is recognised as a leading lawyer in the field of structured trade and commodities finance.

Baker McKenzie is a multinational law firm headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Founded in 1949 as Baker & McKenzie, it has 77 offices in 46 countries, and over 6000 lawyers worldwide. It is one of the largest law firms in the world by headcount and revenue.

His experience includes advising banks, structured trade, credit, insurance and speciality funds, and actors in the commodity value chain in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Europe and the USA.

He is a regular speaker at conferences on Africa trade and export finance, investment into Africa and structured finance, as well as on the financing and structuring of agri finance at conferences such as GTR as well as TXF.

He has published on topics such as warehouse receipt financing, legal risks in doing business in Africa and the use of structured finance techniques in agriculture, in various publications, among them Global Trade Review, Africa Investor and Chambers Magazine.

Lodewyk was previously partner of the banking and finance team at Hogan Lovells in Johannesburg, where he had been since 2015.

His experience also includes roles at Norton Rose Fulbright, Bowman Gilfillan, Standard Chartered, Nedbank and Absa. Throughout his career he has advised banks, structured trade and speciality funds, and actors in the commodity value chain.

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