Diana Messerschmidt works in the Projects and Finance team at DLA Piper South Africa. Diana has extensive experience in all forms of debt and equity structuring and financing, particularly preference share and other hybrid debt and quasi equity funding.

Diana was involved in the financing to some of South Africa's largest BEE transactions, including both of MTN BBBEE's transactions, and the BEE transactions for FirstRand, Sasol, Bidvest, BHP Billiton, Aon and RBMH.

Diana has advised on the financing, both local and cross-border, in respect of group and corporate restructures and recapitalisations, preference share listings, structured finance, acquisition and asset finance, leveraged finance, syndicated lending and corporate facilities across all sectors. She has acted for issuers, sponsors, DFI's and funders.