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Chantel Van Zyl

Senior Associate


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Chantel Van Zyl

Senior Associate


Chantel is a senior associate in the banking and finance team based in Johannesburg. She has experience in advising sponsors, borrowers and lenders in relation to a wide range of domestic and cross-border debt finance transactions and debt restructurings.

She specialises in developing markets acquisition finance, corporate loans, syndicated lending and project or asset finance. She advises lenders and borrowers on contractual and regulatory matters relating to financing, security, refinancing and restructuring in relation to various debt funding arrangements.



6th Floor, 90 Grayston, 90 Grayston Drive, Sandton

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Admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa, March 2014


Bachelors of Accounting and Law (BAcc, LLB), University of Stellenbosch, 2011

International Summer Programme in International Commercial Law, Bucerius Höheschule (Germany), 2010


Pro bono

  • Assisting Consortium for Street Children with research and drafting of a guide on the rights of children living on the street without guardians in various countries.
  • Advising indigent individuals in relation to administration of deceased estates.
  • Assisting International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and Terrawatt Initiative (TWI) to develop standardised contract documentation and guides designed to streamline project development and finance processes for solar PV projects.
  • Contributed to the World Bank's publication on Doing Business across the globe on South African company and commercial law.

Published work

  • South Africa: Regulation of payment services for card transactions, Lexology, 2021
  • South African Mining Companies: What Comes First – the Production or the Purchase?, Financial Markets Journal, 2020
  • Is South Africa ready for a state-owned bank?, Financial Markets Journal, 2018
  • Green energy, currency snippets, Without Prejudice, 2017
  • Zambia: New Registration System for Security Interests in Movable Property, Baker McKenzie insights, 2017
  • World Bank - Doing Business 2014 (South Africa contributor), 2014
  • Enforcing arbitration in South Africa, Without Prejudice, 2012

Advising Aspen Group on one of GTR's Best Deals of 2022

in relation to funding provided to Aspen Group by several development finance institutions to support Covid-19 vaccine production in South Africa