Laurie Hammond

Laurie Hammond

Partner, Johannesburg

Email laurie.hammond@​

Phone +27 21 140 1531

Fax +27 86 688 1730


Practice groupFinance

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

Chambers Global

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.

Awards and recognitions


Recommended for Banking & Finance as “up and coming”
Chambers Global

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

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.

Latest thinking and events

Hogan Lovells Publications

Building Blocs to Free Trade in Africa

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