Nafeesa Ismail

Nafeesa Ismail



Nafeesa Ismail brings a wealth of legal knowledge to First Energy Bank, with over 14 years of experience across various legal fields, ranging from Banking and Finance, Corporate and Investment Banking, Structured Trade and Commodity Finance, Structured Finance, Islamic Finance and Mergers and Acquisitions.

Ms. Nafeesa started her legal career at one of the leading law firms in South Africa (Webber Wentzel – associated with Linklaters) before joining one of the largest multinational banks in Africa – Standard Bank, where she was appointed to grow the Corporate and Investment Banking Division for Africa. At Standard Bank, Nafeesa held a senior management role overseeing legal transactions across 16 different jurisdictions in Africa, London and Dubai and was involved with managing complex, cross-border transactions.

Prior to joining First Energy Bank, Nafeesa held a senior legal manager position with BNP Paribas, based in their Bahrain office. At BNP Paribas, Nafeesa had overall responsibility for the BNP Paribas South African operations, as well as key involvement with their London and Middle-East operations, spanning across Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar.

Nafeesa holds a Bachelors degree in Law (LLB) and is admitted as a qualified Attorney and Notary Public in the High Court of South Africa.