Nafeesa Ismail

Head of Legal

Ms Nafeesa Ismail brings a wealth of legal knowledge to SAYACORP (formerly First Energy Bank) with over 18 years of experience across various legal fields, ranging from Banking and Finance, Corporate and Investment Banking, Structured Trade and Commodity Finance, Structured Finance, Islamic Finance and Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Litigations.

Nafeesa started her legal career at one of the leading law firms in South Africa (Webber Wentzel – associated with Linklaters) before joining one of the largest multinational banks in Africa – Standard Bank, where she was appointed to grow the Corporate and Investment Banking Division for Africa. At Standard Bank, Nafeesa held a senior management role overseeing legal transactions spanning across 16 different jurisdictions in Africa, London and the United Arab Emirates and was involved with managing complex, cross-border transactions including structured trade finance.

Prior to joining SAYACORP, Nafeesa held a senior legal manager position with BNP Paribas, based in their Bahrain office. At BNP Paribas, Nafeesa had overall responsibility for the BNP Paribas South African operations, as well as key involvement with their London and Middle-East operations, including Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar.

Nafeesa holds a Bachelor Degree in Law (LLB) and is admitted as a qualified Attorney and Notary Public in the High Court of South Africa.