Nathisha Maharaj

Local Partner, Johannesburg

Biography

Overview

Nathisha Maharaj is a local partner in our Global Project Development and Finance Practice based in Johannesburg. Nathisha's practice focuses on finance, project finance, debt and equity capital markets and acquisition finance.

She advises clients on general banking (operational and regulatory issues), and commercial transactions involving both local and international financial institutions. In addition, Nathisha offers clients the benefit of her significant experience drafting and negotiating on behalf of lenders and borrowers (both under LMA and otherwise) on a range of funding transactions.

Nathisha’s track record spans a broad range of business sectors including power generation and transmission, oil & gas, infrastructure, mining and metals, water and wastewater treatment, and telecommunications.

Prior to joining White & Case, Nathisha was a partner at a leading South African law firm where she advised on a wide variety of corporate and capital-market matters.

Bars and Courts
High Court of South Africa
Education
LLB
University of Natal
Bachelor of Social Science
University of Natal
Languages
English
Afrikaans

Experience

Project Finance – Renewable Energy, 2013
Advised Amakhala Emoyeni RE Project 1 (Pty) Ltd. as borrower, and Cennergi (Pty) Ltd., Tata Power and Exxaro Resources Ltd. as sponsors, in respect of the project financing of the Amakhala Wind Farm (140MW) in the Eastern Cape, under the IPP programme.

Debt Capital Markets, 2013
Advised Rand Merchant Bank and Delta Property Fund Ltd. on the establishment of Delta Property Fund's ZAR 2 billion domestic medium term note programme.

Debt Capital Markets, 2012
Advised Mercedes Benz South Africa, Daimler AG and Deutsche Bank in relation to the update of the ZAR 25 billion domestic medium term note programme, and the issuance of notes thereunder.

Mining and minerals, 2011–2012
Advised HSBC, Nedbank Capital and Absa Capital in respect of the syndicated project funding of the PGM and Chrome Concentrator for Tharisa Minerals (Pty) Ltd.

Commercial Property, 2011–2012
Advised Rand Merchant Bank, a division of FirstRand Bank Ltd., in respect of the development financing of Ernst & Young's new head office accommodation.

Project Finance – Infrastructure, 2011
Advised HSBC and BNDES on the funding of Phase 1 of the Rea Vaya rapid bus transit system, including the financing of the acquisition of a fleet of more than 700 buses.