EXPERTISE 

Batsho is a banking and finance lawyer, dually qualified in England & Wales and Botswana with a primary focus on asset based lending, structured trade & commodities finance, receivables & supply chain finance and general corporate lending. 

His broader experience covers cash management, payments, global custody services, escrows and project accounts (transaction banking), funds finance, acquisition & leveraged finance, real estate finance, restructuring distressed assets and Africa syndications. 

Batsho has worked as an Attorney in Botswana up to Partner level handling transactions (corporate, finance and property) and general litigation. Prior to joining AG, Batsho worked for Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) in Botswana, South Africa and the UK holding various roles including as Business Planning Manager to Group General Counsel (Chief of Staff) and Senior Legal Counsel Global Banking advising on transaction banking, financing transactions and gaining extensive trade finance product knowledge.

Experience

Deal experience include: 

  • Advising SCB on various non-recourse receivables purchase facilities and back to back receivables discounting by centralised treasuries backed by credit insurance, export credit agency guarantees, standby LCs, bills of exchange etc, advising and negotiating 3 separate supply chain finance deals involving major UK retailers for their procurement of supplies from overseas companies;
  • Advising SCB (as lead arranger and docs bank) in a syndication for a $1.5 billion pre-export financing to Ghana Cocoa Board to enable purchasing of cocoa from farmers;
  • Advising SCB as mandated lead arranger structuring bank in a Eur350mn uncommitted market first syndicated green invoice finance facility to Polestar Performance, a Swedish electric car maker to cover imports by direct payments to suppliers;
  • negotiating various standalone export credit guarantees and umbrella credit insurance policies to cover receivables purchase and supply chain programs;
  • Advising on cash pooling (both notional and sweeping) structures; negotiation a clearing agreement for indirect access to the UK clearing system and advising on a mobile banking service agreement with creation of e-money to allow customers access to financial service through their mobile phones; and
  • advising on various deals including real estate finance (investment and development transactions) including one that turned into a commercial mortgage-backed securities; leveraged finance for bid financing and certain funds arrangements and funds financing for capital calls and subscription facilities. 
Education
  • MA Politics and International Relations - University of Botswana 2013
  • LLM International Financial Law - King's College London 2010 (Chevening Scholar)
  • Bachelor of Laws - University of Botswana 2005
Languages
  • Ikalanga
  • Setswana
  • English
  • Basic French
Professional Memberships
  • Law Society England & Wales
  • Law Society of Botswana