Diana Messerschmidt is a director in the Finance, Projects & Restructuring 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, and was involved in the financing for some of South Africa's largest BEE transactions, including those for MTN, FirstRand, Sasol, Bidvest and BHP Billiton.

She has advised on local and cross-border financings, refinancings, restructurings and recapitalisations, share financing transactions, preference share listings, structured finance, acquisition and asset finance, leveraged finance, syndicated lending and corporate facilities across all sectors. She has acted for issuers, borrowers, sponsors, DFI's and funders.