Alexandra Burger


Alexandra is an Admitted Attorney and Notary in South Africa, Legal Counsel and Senior Advisor to several international Private Equity Funds and companies. Business and Investment Executive, Entrepreneur and Board and Governance Leader with 20 years’ Africa experience providing bespoke legal and investment solutions to multiple organizations.

She has worked in Frontier and Emerging Markets including South Africa, Kenya, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Mozambique, Botswana, Namibia and Mauritius; as well as for with companies based in developed markets e.g.  USA, UK, Europe, Far East and LatAm doing business or trading with African companies.

A globally enlightened legal mind, Ms Burger excels where law, business and investments interface. Her strong legal background and financial structuring experience greatly enhanced her acumen in the areas of trusts and company structures, private equity, corporate finance, structured investment products and investment funds. Ms Burger specialized in several disciplines: with a proven track record in transactional legal work, trust and company structures for private and commercial clients, financial product development, cross border structuring, stakeholder management characterised by capital raising and alternative financing solutions and superior client facing engagement. She displays clear business strategy skills with the unique ability to work with stakeholders in the design and implementation of legal, business, client, compliance & governance, investment, and P&L strategies as well as the ability to execute through people.

She specialised in international fund structuring, legal advisory and transactional services in private equity including acquisitions and exits, SME investments, business continuity, distressed portfolios and companies, corporate restructuring, payments restructuring, exits and winding down. She has a particular interest in governance of investment funds and companies including compliance and legal forensics analysis, as well as enjoying working on ESG and impact investment projects.

In technology venture capital and start-ups, her work has involved capital raising, corporate structure development, the provision of general commercial legal services (including IP protection and licensing), developing legal processes and company secretarial items.


Alexandra’s experience in various aspects of law includes:

Avanz Capital Partners LP (USA) (Senior Advisor) & Nolands Advisory Ltd (Mauritius) (Director):

  • Legal advisory and drafting in the Asset Management, Private Equity industry including funds, listings and M& A transactions including drafting legal documents, listing particulars, business plans and marketing presentations.
  • Developing international corporate structures.
  • International company, trust, product registration, and marketing.
  • Provision of Professional Trustee and Directorship services.
  • Development of new financial products and funds, advice to Pension Funds.
  • Acquisitions and exits in Private Equity and VC industry in Frontier and Emerging Markets, SME investments, distressed assets and funds, restructurings, winding down, litigation.
  • Raising capital and arranging roadshows for Avanz Capital (SEC registered PE Manager). Investors including Banks, Asset Managers, Institutional Investors, HNW investors in sub-Saharan and East Africa. Underlying investments including ICT, Medical and Life Sciences, Fintech and Education platforms in midmarket. Investment into funds, co-investments and secondaries.
  • Pension Funds Act & Regulations, Insurance Act, FAIS,
  • FICA (AML & KYC), Companies Act, Competition Act,
  • Electronic Communications and Transactions Act, POPIA, GDPR.
  • Working with clients and alongside external counsel in various African countries, the USA, EU, LatAm and Far East.

Hansa Mercator Group (Director), Melenco South Africa (Pty) Ltd (Director) and Amicorp Group:

  • International fund, company and trust structuring and administration, largely for corporates and HNW clients.
  • Transactional services- M & A, Private Equity, Corporate Finance, some Project Finance, exits including management buyouts, trade sales, IPOs, restructurings, liquidations.
  • New product development.
  • Global commercial trading (of commodities and products), trade finance and project support.
  • International procurement services.
  • International business development, distribution and agencies.
  • Escrow facilities including IP and source codes.
  • Buying and selling international businesses.
  • International royalty structures and collection services
  • AML, Due diligence, KYC and developing processes for risk review and governance.
  • Family office advisory and escrow services.
  • To bring the Amicorp Group and its products and services into African market and to build a sales and structuring team for Africa. Clients included corporates, asset managers and HNW individuals. Developing IFA and advisory network. Working with structuring teams and lawyers in various jurisdictions.
  • International trust, tax structuring, private wealth and estate planning services.
  • Professional trustee and directorship services.
  • Transactional services (including international business brokerage, corporate finance, international trading of products and commodities, service structures, agency structures, collecting of royalties and license fees).
  • Fund structuring, advisory and administration services.
  • Banking and investment services.
  • AML, due diligence and legal forensics.
  • Developing new products and structures and drafting international commercial agreements.
  • Presenting at conferences and writing articles in press.
  • Develop and implement strategic Sales Plans for the respective markets.

IFM Group (Pty) Ltd (Director):

  • International structuring and management/administration of companies, trusts, foundations, employee benefit trusts and other vehicles. Professional trustee and directorship services.
  • Private client wealth management and investment monitoring.
  • Family offices advisory services.
  • Briefing local and international tax counsel.
  • Fund services.
  • Cross border transactions and international trade finance.
  • IP licensing and routing structures.
  • AML and due diligence

Investec Bank (Senior Product Development Consultant):

  • Multi-skilled role including structuring of retail and institutional financial products, legal advisory, drafting, marketing investment products to HNW clients, family offices, IFAs and Institutional Clients. Investments included structured products (derivatives), infrastructure (renewable energy), ESG, property, credit instruments, physical commodities, distressed and special opportunities and private equity.
  • Developed international property fund as well as renewables investment fund to allow investments by Institutional investors into infrastructure projects (Renewable Energy Debt Structure), offshore platinum fund, and insurance products. Some exposure to property securitisations.
  • Drafting (and negotiating) Prospectus, Presentations, investment and all other related documents for listings on Bermuda Stock Exchange (“BSX”) (original listing) of Pallinghurst Resources Limited (Sept 2007, Private Equity, Fabergé / Brian Gilbertson)
  • Lead role involved in developing investment product offerings and funds with clients, drafting legal and marketing documents (including prospectus), managing clients’ international legal teams and listing on Bermuda Stock Exchange (“BSX”) :
  • Global Specialised Opportunities 1 Limited- (June 2008, special opportunities fund (ticker: GLSPOPP.GU)
  • British Capital Property Investments (Aug 2009, International property fund, BJM joint venture)
  • Global Phoenix Property Investments Limited (International property fund, 2009) Listing abandoned
  • Capital guaranteed structured products- rollover Optimal Investment Growth Basket Ltd (GBP) (2009) and Asia Pacific Basket Limited (2008, ticker: ASIPACB.GU)
  • Arranging foreign asset management licenses.
  • Drafting and reviewing fund documents with internal and external legal advisors and briefing counsel.
  • Coordination and project management of the structured product development team focused on new structured product development.
  • Development of BEE finance structures for NEF and Basel III compliant products.
  • Developed a niche in sustainable investment products including a listed SRI product.
  • Negotiating ISDA confirmations under Model Rules for OTC products.

Sovereign Trust (SA) Limited (Director)

  • International tax-planning including the setting up of tax efficient structures both offshore and onshore for estate planning and asset protection. Set up and management of local and international trusts and companies. Professional Trustee and Directorship services.
  • Drafting, negotiating and reviewing international commercial agreements including licensing, agency and distribution agreements.
  • Advising on a wide range of South African legislation and research of international tax legislation.
  • Various commercial legal work overseeing property transactions, property finance and property investment structures.
  • Incorporation of international trading companies including trading terms.
  • Advising on cyber law and IP royalty routing structures and license agreements. Drafting software license agreements and value-added reseller agreements.
  • Offshore licensing of banks & asset management companies.
  • Arranging logistical elements of trading companies with lawyers, bankers and shipping agents.
  • Director of a number of property-owning companies (property management).
  • International company sales and escrow arrangements.

  • Banking & Finance Law particularly Investment Funds
  • Corporate Commercial Law (M & A, Corp Finance transactions)
  • Technology Law, Cross Border Transactions

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