Meet The Team

Thabo Thipa

Thabo Thipa

Managing Director

BSoc Sci, PG Dip Man Prac (UCT), LLB (Natal), PG Cert Pension Law (WITS)

Thabo is an admitted attorney of the High Court with High Court Right of Appearance. He was previously admitted as an advocate of the High Court of South Africa. He started his employee benefits career at Alexander Forbes and NBC Consultants and Actuaries as a trainee employee benefits consultant. Subsequently he served his articles at Webber Wentzel and became an Associate before he was invited to head up a legal department of NBC as Divisional Director, Legal, Employee Benefits Compliance and Trustee Services.

He has over 15 years’ experience in the financial services industry and legal practice. He is a past member of the Legal and Technical Committee of the IRF; past member of Exco, Financial Advisors and Intermediaries Association of SA, past Chairman of Pension Funds Association; past National President and Regional Chairman of the Pension Lawyers Association of South Africa; past Commercial Law lecturer at the University of Johannesburg; past member of the Financial Services Board’s Licensing Committee and past Non-Executive Director of a SOC.

Thabo is currently approved by the Registrar of Pension Funds to act as Liquidator of Retirement Funds, a Principal Officer and Chairman of the S15K Specialist Surplus Tribunals, Chairman of the CIDB Investigating Committee, Member of the National Treasury panel of experts, Pension Law and member of the International Pension and Employee Benefit Lawyers Association.

Karishma Rammanhor

    Karishma Rammanhor

    Director

    LLB (UKZN)

    Karishma is an admitted attorney with more than seven years’ post qualification experience. She previously worked at an international law firm where she garnered extensive experience in general commercial litigation, mining, customary, traditional communities, pension funds and administrative law. Karishma has acted as a chairwoman in numerous disciplinary hearings and is an experienced trainer. Karishma is accustomed to providing tailor made legal solutions and can assist with large document intensive matters or matters involving the administration of hundreds for files for example Karishma has managed recoveries and complaints to the pension funds adjudicator on behalf of an administrator of a pension fund.

    Over the years, Karishma has advised a number of clients including inter alia, the Bakwena Ba Mogopa and the Bafokeng Traditional communities, Goldfields, Xstrata, Anglo American, the Road Accident Fund, Belet Industries, Avusa Media and several pension funds including the Government Employees Pension Fund and Eskom Pension and Provident Fund.

    Professor Mtende Mhango

      Professor Mtende Mhango

      BA, JD, LLM, PGDip

      Professor Mhango holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Morehead State University, a Juris Doctor degree from Michigan State University, a postgraduate diploma in law from the University of Cape Town, and a Master of law in Labour from Wayne State University. He has also published widely in many areas of constitutional law, pension law, insurance law, administrative law and labour law. He has advised the governments of Malawi and Swaziland on pension law and policy mattes and contributed to their pension reforms. He has more than 10 years of experience in the field of law.

      Obakeng Madikela

        Obakeng Madikela

        Director

        BCom LLB (Wits)

        Obakeng is an admitted attorney with over 10 years’ Post-Qualification Experience in corporate and commercial law. She holds the BCom and LLB Degrees from Wits University. She started her career with Webber Wentzel Attorneys. After resigning her position as an Associate with Webber Wentzel, she has since worked as a legal advisor for BEE Private Equity companies, financial services companies and fund managers.

        Obakeng has extensive experience in the following areas:
        - Mergers and Acquisitions, BEE Transactions, Public Private Partnerships;
        - Corporate Finance, including Venture Capital, Project Finance, Bridging Finance and other funding instruments (i.e. senior, - mezzanine and equity funding instruments);
        - Due diligence investigations, legal due diligence reports, identifying risks in the investee company, providing mitigating strategies and suitable deal structures;
        - Deal structuring, negotiating, vetting and finalising structured finance transaction documents (i.e. term sheets, finance agreements (including loan agreements, equity agreements and quazi-equity agreements); service provider agreements; consultancy agreements; and other related agreements);
        - Researching, interpreting, analysing and providing advice on various legal matters, including new legal developments, case law and statutes; and communicating such changes in various ways, including by providing legal opinions, presentations; and Presentation skills, including the preparation and presentation to various audiences (i.e. investment committees, credit committees, post-investment monitoring committees, clients, suppliers, board of directors, etc.).

        Shireen Said

          Shireen Said

          BA, LLB, LLM

          Shireen Said has a BA, LLB and a Masters degree in the area of human rights and constitutional litigation, is a member of the ED Trust and Institute of Directors for Southern Africa. She has more than 20 years of experience having worked in the areas of justice, human rights, extractive industries and governance at the United Nations, government & non-governmental sector.

          She is currently a legal advisor/legal strategist to several companies in addition to connecting various sectors including the development sector together including the UN, business, government etc. A former technocrat, she was the Global Policy Advisor on Human Rights in UNDP’s Bureau for Development Policy since January 2010 advising and leading a team of human rights lawyers and practitioners to integrate human rights into development, was UNDP’s focal point for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and lead advisor for the UN’s post 2015 thematic consultation on governance; was a former Chief Director in the South African Government serving in the then Department of Justice & Constitutional Development.

          Having practiced law especially in the areas of constitutional, administrative labour and corporate law, she is currently on leave of absence from the Johannesburg Society of Advocates. During her time at the Bar, she was a member of Executive Committee of the Johannesburg Bar Council, which entailed oversight of the Bar Council including managing its member and general ethics and representing the Johannesburg Bar both locally and internationally including at the International Women Lawyers Association. She worked as the Chief Director in the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development advising the Director General and Ministry on policy matters predominantly related to the rights of vulnerable persons and later on issues of justice and human rights