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Lydia Shadrach-Razzino

Lydia Shadrach-Razzino



  • capital markets
  • corporate commercial
  • corporate finance
  • corporate governance

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South Africa

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Lydia Shadrach-Razzino is an executive at ENSafrica in the corporate commercial department and specialises in M&A (across various industries, including private equity and mining), takeovers, the formation and initial structuring of new business entities, private equity transactions, equity capital markets and general corporate finance.

Lydia won the 2014 Corporate Finance Lawyer of the Year Award by ABSIP (the Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals) and she was a finalist in 2015.

Lydia is a private equity and M&A specialist.  Her experience includes advising on equity capital markets, private equity acquisitions and disposals, empowerment transactions, corporate governance, the South African Companies Act, 2008, IPOs, ECM and stock exchange transactions in multiple sectors, including mining, banking and financial services, and telecoms.

Lydia has built up an impressive client list, which includes Oppenheimer Partners, PPC, Vodacom, The ARC Fund, RMB Ventures, Kleoss Capital, Ethos Private Equity, Business Connexion, Telkom, Capitalworks, Medu Capital, Actis, The Multiply Group, Village Main Reef and eXtract.  Lydia’s expertise expands beyond South Africa, having advised on a number of cross border transactions.

Lydia represented (i) RMB Ventures in the acquisition of the Bluff Meat Supply Group, which was awarded Catalyst Private Equity Deal of the Year 2013 at the DealMakers Gala Awards and (ii) Capitalworks in the disposal of the Much Asphalt business  which was awarded Catalyst Private Equity Deal of the Year 2018 at the DealMakers Gala Awards.

Lydia leads a diverse and empowered team of successful lawyers.


  • BProc (University of KwaZulu-Natal)
  • LLB (University of KwaZulu-Natal)
  • Admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa
Areas of Practice

capital markets | corporate commercial | corporate finance | corporate governance | mergers and acquisitions | mining | private equity | regulatory compliance: JSE/TRP/FSB | technology, media and telecommunications

Professional Career

Professional Activities and Experience

Lydia is recognised as a leading/recommended lawyer by:

  • Chambers Global Guide 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018 – Corporate/M&A; Private Equity; 2019, 2017, 2016 – Corporate/M&A (South Africa)
  • Best Lawyers® 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 – Corporate (South Africa)
  • The Legal 500 2021, 2019, 2018 – Commercial, Corporate and M&A - Recommended / Key Lawyer (South Africa)

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