Philip Webster

Partner - Banking & Finance, Corporate

Philip Webster

Philip Webster

Partner - Banking & Finance, Corporate

Philip is a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England & Wales and currently practices in South Africa and Eswatini, after having spent long assignments in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Madagascar and Uganda. He has practiced as a trade  finance, project finance and general  corporate lawyer,  within the corporate and trade  finance departments of leading ‘blue chip’ legal firms such as Norton Rose (London-England) (now Norton Rose Fulbright), White & Case (USA),  LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae (USA) (*later Dewey & Leboeuf before ceasing to operate),  Fasken Martineau DuMoulin (Canada) , Asafo & Co. (Paris-France)/(Sandton-South Africa) and in  legal departments as In-House Counsel to leading banks such as  Natwest Securities Limited (London-England) and Société Générale S.A., and  Société Générale Energie S.A.  (Paris- France). 

Advice provided over the years to banks and commercial institutions in trade finance and project finance. Such institutions include the following: Chinese banks and state-owned institutions; NatWest Securities Limited; Société Générale S.A.; Société Générale Energie S.A.  (Paris- France), the Development Bank of Southern Africa Limited (DBSA); BNP; Barclays; ABSA Bank Limited; Investec; Nova Capital Partners; Deutsche Bank; HSBC Investment Services (Africa) (Proprietary) Limited; HSBC Equator Bank; JP Morgan; Morgan Grenfell; the Standard Bank of South Africa Limited; Standard Chartered Bank Zambia PLC; the IFC; and the World Bank, notably the privatisation unit responsible for Africa and the Indian Ocean. 

Various articles published in respected legal journals. 

*Jas Visser, ( former divisional head of SANTAM, a leading South African and International registered Insurance company)and currently CEO of MEARC Management (Pty) Limited (a South African FSCA registered insurance broker) says” Philip Webster is, in my opinion, the leading UK qualified cross-border energy and project finance lawyer operating on the continent of Africa. In that capacity, he has assisted ‘MEARC’ on various South African and international, Lloyds of London related insurance and reinsurance matters’".

PHILLIP CANHAM, EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN of CANHAM CORPORATION INTERNATIONAL LIMITED (UK) (“CCI”) and associated CANHAM group companies says: “I have known Philip Webster for many years and he has provided CCI with invaluable legal advice on energy, insurance  and related project finance matters”.

HUGH BROWN, Chairman of NACALA POWER LIMITADA, (“NACALA”) a Mozambique registered oil and gas company; says "the international legal project finance and insurance advice provided by Phillip Webster has been of immense help to NACALA".



  • England & Wales


Cross-border Project Finance and Merger and Acquisition transactions


    • Solicitor of England and Wales admitted in 1987 
    • Institut Européen des Hautes Études Internationales (European Institute of Advanced International Studies), Postgraduate (M. Phil.) University of Nice, France. 1984-85 
    • Post graduate (“Trosieme cycle”) Diploma (“DEA”) in Law and International Relations (M.Phil.equivalent).1983-84 
    • Masters in European Law, Leeds Business School, England and Nice University, France. 1982-83 (‘mention ‘bien’) 
    • Law Society Final Exams, College of Law, England. 1981-82 
    • Law LL.B.  (Honours 2:1 cum laude), Leeds University, England. 1978-81 


  • Asafo & Co; 
  • Dentons; 
  • Fasken Martineau Du Moulin; 
  • Leboeuf, Lamb, Greene & Macrae: 
  • White & Case; 
  • NatWest Securities Limited; 
  • Société Generale S.A.  
  • Societe Generale Energie S.A.   
  • Norton Rose