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Partner Portfolio: Wandipa Kelobang

LLB University of Botswana,
LLM Yale Law School

We have a young and dynamic team lead by the two founding partners. Our support staff is equally highly trained to provide outstanding services to our clients.

Wandipa has worked as a practising attorney and in-house counsel in Botswana. In 2008 Wandipa joined the Legal Vice Presidency of the World Bank where she worked in the legal finance division and the operations division covering east and south Asia region. While working in the legal finance division, she was involved in some ground breaking work to avert the impact of the financial crisis. Wandipa concluded projects in Afghanistan, India, Bangladesh, Philippines and Pakistan. In the process she gained invaluable experience in the structuring of project finance across different markets and mitigation of risks using partial and credit risk guarantees as well as hedging facilities. In July 2011 Wandipa joined the Legal Department of the African Development Bank where she worked in the legal finance division. The bulk of her work was in fund raising through the issuance of bonds, loan negotiations and establishment of funds. She also worked on asset and liability management. Wandipa has a wealth of experience working with ISDA and ICMA documentation for derivative transactions. Her work with multilateral development banks has given her an opportunity to work in different jurisdictions for both capital market and project finance transactions. Below are some of the transactions she has advised on: As lead counsel representing the World Bank in relation to its projects in East and South Asia, below are some of the projects completed:

● USD 86 million Irrigation Restoration Project (Afghanistan);
● USD 60 million Power Systems Development Project (Afghanistan);
● USD 25 million On Farm Water Management Project (Afghanistan);
● USD 50 million ICT Sector Development Project (Afghanistan);
● USD 52 million Sustainable Development of Natural Resources Project II (Afghanistan); and
● USD 57.10 million, Tamil Nadu Road Project (additional finance) (India); and

• Represented the African Development Bank in the negotiations of two lines of credit with Japan International Cooperation Agency for the financing of private sector projects to the total tune of JPY 40,170 billion;
• Represented the African Development Bank in renewing its EUR 2 billion Commercial Paper Programme and its granting of the Short Term Euro Paper (STEP) label; and
• Represented the World Bank and African Development Bank for issuance of notes under their respective Global Debt Issuance Facilities listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange. Transactions under the facilities were denominated in among others currencies USD, GBP, AUD, NZD, JPY, MXN, UGX, GHS, TRY, NGN, BRL, RUB and KES. .

Seilaneng Godisang

LLB University of Botswana

Seilaneng started work at Collins Newman & Company in 2006 where she worked in the dispute resolution department and later in the commercial department. In 2008 Seilaneng joined Stanbic Bank Botswana Limited as Legal Risk Manager and later as Manager, Credit Legal for Corporate and Investment Banking. It is in this role that she honed her managerial and risk management skills. Seilaneng was in charge of lending agreements as well as securitization. While with Stanbic she was given an opportunity to work with Standard Bank South Africa, Corporate and Investment Banking Africa legal team.

In 2012 Seilaneng returned to Collins Newman and Company as a Senior Associate in the general corporate and commercial department of the firm. She gained significant experience in transactional work across a wide range of sectors. Seilaneng advised on some notable transactions in the market .

In 2014 she joined Barclays Bank of Botswana Limited in charge of legal risk management. This role gave her the opportunity to work in close collaboration with the Barclays Africa Legal team to standardize lending documentation across all the Barclays Bank group entities in Africa. Seilaneng’s skills are highly sought after and she has been appointed as a board member of Human Resources Development Council and in the board of trustees of Ark n Mark Trust a non-governmental organization.