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Lindi Raath

Lindi Raath LL.B (South Africa)

Integrity is the key to understanding legal practice. Law’s empire is defined by attitude, not territory or power or process.
Ronald Dworkin

Lindi is a foreign qualified lawyer (South Africa) whose practice focuses on all aspects of financial services regulation. Her clients include companies in the banking, insurance and financial services sectors.

Prior to joining DLA Piper, Lindi provided in-house legal advice for a South African bank, which included local and international financial, banking, consumer and privacy laws, regulations and industry rules in the context payments. This enabled her to adapt her legal skills in a corporate environment by framing legal advice positively to support the business in achieving its goals, together with gaining knowledge of the acquiring business and payments.

Lindi also practiced as an attorney, predominantly in the areas of commercial law, commercial agreements, civil litigation, alternative dispute resolution and gained experience across most fields of civil law.

Professional QualificationsAttorney of the High Court of South Africa


  • Maintaining knowledge on relevant legislation, amendments, regulations and industry rules and application to the acquiring business, standard-form merchant contracting documents and impacted business processes.
  • Advising generally on legal risk: identifying, managing and reporting on legal, governance, operational or other risks and proposing measures in mitigation.
  • Advising, drafting, negotiation and conclusion of agreements with the bank’s partners and suppliers, (including major card schemes, other banks, industry bodies, financial technology service providers, payment or commerce service providers), corporate and commercial merchants and international subsidiaries.
  • Advising the bank’s acquiring business on existing and new products and/or services, providing legal opinions and documenting internal legal process.
  • Undertaking comparative research on data privacy laws of South Africa, the United Kingdom and European Union and on the national payment systems of United Kingdom, Australia and Canada.
  • English
  • Payments Association of South Africa, Electronic Payments Programme, 2022
  • FirstRand Bank, Analysing Banking Risk, 2021
  • Payments Association of South Africa, Certificate in Foundational Payments, 2019

    University of Johannesburg, LL.B, 2017

Prior Experience

  • In-house legal advisor, South African based major bank, 2018-2022.
  • Associate (and candidate attorney), South African based law firm, 2006-2018.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member of the Legal Practice Council, Gauteng, South Africa