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Laurie Hammond


Laurie Hammond

Laurie Hammond focuses on cross-border transactions in Africa, with an emphasis on structured trade, commodities and export finance. She has a broad range of experience advising clients across the commodity value chain, acting for lenders and borrowers in a variety of sectors from agriculture, mining, energy and natural resources to logistics and infrastructure, structuring bankable deals and advising on legal and regulatory risk for domestic and multinational clients.

Laurie has worked in the London and South African markets and is both an admitted solicitor and an attorney.

“Interviewees describe Laurie Hammond as ‘really solution-oriented’ and ‘very pleasant and approachable’. She frequently oversees multi-jurisdictional transactions.”

Chambers Global

Representative experience

Advised a global energy trader on its coal supply and financing arrangements in South Africa.  

Advised a syndicate of lenders on term loan facilities to development institutions in Africa for the financing of regional trade and infrastructure projects.

Advised a South African bank on soft commodities financing across Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Advised a South African bank on its borrowing base facilities with a major aluminium processor.

Advised a lender syndicate on an uncommitted borrowing base stock and working capital facility for exporters of perishable commodities in Ghana, Brazil and the Netherlands.

Advised a debt fund in relation to a stock and working capital facility made available to a Chilean copper producer.

Advised a debt fund in relation to a prepayment facility made available to a Mauritian exporter (and Nigerian producer) of soft commodities.

Advised a Swiss Bank on its financing to a Swiss metal trader and, in particular, its security arrangements in South Africa.

Education and admissions


  • BSocSc (Economics), University of Cape Town
  • LLB (Dean’s Merit List), University of Cape Town
  • Legal Practice Course (Distinction), BPP Law School, London


  • Business Women's Association of South Africa

Court admissions

  • South Africa
  • England and Wales


Recommended for Banking & Finance as “up and coming”

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