Pieter is a Dutch (advocaat) and English (solicitor) qualified lawyer with more than 30 years of experience. He focuses on banking and financing transactions in a broad sense, with a particular focus on FinTech. 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 for a variety of players in the FinTech space, including the FinTech companies themselves, but also their clients, funders, shareholders and services providers. His activities include advising on regulatory questions, shareholder and governance structures, funding arrangements, customer contracts and terms of business and contracts with services providers. 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 as well as his ability to advise and transact in French, Portuguese, German and Dutch, in addition to English.
Pieter has been recognised by leading legal publications, Chamber’s & Partners and Legal 500 for his technical skill, client service and contribution to the legal industry.
One client praises his "very good feel for the commercial aspects of transactions," adding that he is "very responsive and very pleasant." Chambers Europe 2020 Capital Markets: Securitisation - Netherlands.
Sources say he is 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.
Clients also note his ‘good knowledge of the Angolan legal market’ Legal500 2020 Angola Foreign Firms.