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Melissa Leibowitz


Melissa Leibowitz

Melissa Leibowitz focuses on the drafting and registration of complex mortgage bonds for commercial and development finance purposes. She advises on and prepares debt security documentation, acting for the large corporate banks in South Africa.

Dealing with all aspects of conveyancing work, such as servitudes, lease audits, home loans, notarial and special bonds, forms part of her practice.



Areas of focus

Representative experience

Acting for ABSA Bank to register mortgage bonds, preparing security documents and lease audits to finance the acquisition and development of malls in South Africa.

Acting for Standard Bank to register mortgage bonds for a joint venture development by a consortium of well-known companies in respect of high-end office space.

Advising a financial institution on a complex transaction, including preparing and registering special notarial bonds by a mining house over movable assets of ZAR750m.

Education and admissions


  • LLB (summa cum laude), University of KwaZulu-Natal


  • Admitted as conveyancer
  • South African Property Owners Association
  • Women's Property Network

Court admissions

  • South Africa

Latest thinking and events

Published Works

Sellers beware - you may be in for more than you anticipated

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