Year Founded
2014
Company
Mapongwana Attorneys Inc.
Title
Founder/Director
Location
Sandton, RSA

Belinda Mapongwana

Belinda Mapongwana is the visionary behind Mapongwana Attorneys Inc. She commenced her articles in the Commercial Department of Bowman Gilfillan Attorneys (‘’Bowmans’’). Soon after, she was awarded a scholarship to study an LLM in International Business Law in Amsterdam, where she graduated with Honourable Human Rights, in Geneva. She returned to Bowmans where she was promoted to Associate. In 2005, she joined the Corporate Commercial Department of ENS.

From 2007 to 2009, she was a Fellow of the Cyrus Vance South African Visiting Lawyer Program in New York, where she spent time at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett (in the Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity Departments), and at Morgan Stanley, in the Global Structured Products team. In 2010, Belinda joined ABSA Capital Compliance as Vice President, advising the Private Equity and Investment Banking Divisions on all Compliance, Risk Management and Corporate Governance matters. In October 2011, she was seconded to Barclays Capital in London in the Investment Banking and Equity Syndicate Compliance Department.

In April 2014, Belinda left ABSA and founded Mapongwana Attorneys. From 2016 – 2018 she was a Sessional Lecturer and an External Examiner at the Mandela Institute, Wits School of Law where she taught Risk, Governance and Compliance. She sits on a number of boards and board committees where she has gained valuable experience in governance. She is a member of the Institute of Directors South Africa.

Education
  • Bachelor of Social Science (B Soc. Sci.) Majors: Political Studies and English, University of Cape Town

  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB), University of Cape Town Distinction: Take Overs, Mergers & Acquisitions and Reconstructions

  • Master of Laws (LLM), (International Business Law) (with Honourable Mention), Vrije University, Amsterdam. Distinction: Comparative Legal Culture

  • Certificate in Compliance Management, University of Cape Town

Achievements
  • Admitted as an Attorney to the High Court of South Africa (July 2005)

  • Founder & CEO of Seza Isizwe – a company formed to transfer workplace skills to the youth

  • Recognised as one of the top lawyers in South Africa under the 'Banking and Finance Law' specialisation for 2020 by Best Lawyers

Professional Association Memberships
  • Member of the Institute of Directors

  • Member of the Law Society of the Northern Provinces