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Pieter van Welzen

Pieter van Welzen

Senior Consultant
Financial Markets (Africa)

CMS RM Partners
85 Grayston Drive
5th Floor
South Africa
Languages Dutch, English, German, Portuguese, French, Norwegian

Pieter is a Dutch (advocaat) and English (solicitor) qualified lawyer with more than 30 years of experience. He focuses on financing transactions, in particular export-credit, structured and asset-backed finance, debt capital markets transactions as well as derivatives and financial markets regulation.

Pieter’s clients include financial institutions, institutional and private equity investors, corporates and public authorities. He has been working on numerous matters involving Sub-Saharan Africa with a particular focus on Portuguese-speaking African countries. Pieter is based in Johannesburg and spends a considerable amount of time in other countries in the region advising important stakeholders such as governmental agencies.

Pieter regularly works on transactions that combine or replace more traditional forms of financing with asset-based or asset-backed solutions. The types of assets include residential and commercial mortgage loans, agricultural loans, car loans and leases, aircraft, rolling stock, trade receivables, inventory, commodities, residential and commercial real estate as well as equipment and machinery. He also advises on the ever-changing financial regulatory landscape and the impact on his clients’ operations. The transactions he works on often have a bespoke character, requiring creative and sound multi-disciplinary legal solutions, which are facilitated by his knowledge of common law and civil law. 

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Very capable, both technically and in terms of the ability to understand non-legal aspects.

Legal 500 | Asset Finance & Structured Finance, 2020

Pieter van Welzen is best in class for structured finance. He is also directly client facing which is much more effective.

Legal 500 | Asset Finance & Structured Finance, 2020

Pieter is a trusted advisor who is accessible, personally deals with the work, has a good appreciation of the non-legal aspects, delivers high quality advice and is creative

Legal 500 | Asset Finance & Structured Finance, 2020

Pieter van Welzen holds the overview of the transactions and can draw on a massive deal-experience

Legal 500 | Asset Finance & Structured Finance, 2020

very good feel for the commercial aspects of transactions," adding that he is "very responsive and very pleasant.

Chambers | Band 1, Capital Markets: Securitisation - Netherlands, 2020 tions, South Africa, 2020

One client describes him as a "super all-rounder and one of the brightest people I know." Others value his "broader view and ability to think outside the box"

Chambers | Europe, 2019, Capital Markets: Securitisation – Netherlands

Pieter van Welzen has expertise advising clients on sophisticated foreign investments and finance matters. His practice also includes capital markets mandates.

Chambers | Global 2020, General Business Law: International Firms - Angola

Pieter van Welzen is praised for his ‘extensive knowledge and experience’

Legal500 | Asset Finance & Structured Finance, The Netherlands, 2020

Pieter van Welzen is noted for his ‘good knowledge of the Angolan legal market’

Legal 500 |Angola Foreign Firms, 2020

Relevant experience

  • Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A. - on its EUR 25 billion covered bonds programme.
  • ING Bank N.V. - on the establishment of an AI-driven platform with Tradeteq that makes ING’s trade finance portfolio accessible for institutional investors.
  • A Europe based SME loan platform - on its funding arrangements with financial institutions.
  • Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A. - on numerous on-balance and conduit cross-border trade receivables funding transactions.
  • NOTS - on the development and financing of USD 70 million solar lamp project in Rwanda.
  • Various international banks - on ECA backed financing for various infrastructure projects in Angola.
  • Various international financial institutions - on loan repackaging transactions involving borrowers based in various African countries.
  • Financial institutions - on the development of regulatory risk mitigation instruments and strategies
  • Europe-based financial institutions - on capital and liquidity relief transactions through synthetic securitisations and loan portfolio sales (including the related regulatory aspects).
  • An international financial institution - on the establishment of a bank in Angola.
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  • 1999 - Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales 
  • 1990 - Admitted as an advocaat in Netherlands
  • 1990 - M. Litt., Magdalene College, Cambridge 
  • 1986 - LL.M., Erasmus University Rotterdam 
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