Cynthia Venter

Knowledge Counsel

Cynthia advises on a broad range of banking and finance related issues.

She has particular expertise in credit facility documentation and security arrangements. Cynthia has a strong background in real estate financing as well as syndicated, cross border arrangements. She also has extensive experience in project finance related mining, telecoms and renewable energy projects with a focus on the security aspects of these transactions. Cynthia has been recognised by Legal500 and IFLR1000.

Cynthia regularly provides training for clients on security considerations and other banking related topics. She is also responsible for managing and implementing the knowledge requirements of the firm, legal training and identifying opportunities to use knowledge products and innovation to add value to clients.

Cynthia also heads up the Pro Bono committee in Johannesburg.

Published Work

  • Nelson. R. and Venter. C. (2023) “Lending & Secured Finance Laws and Regulations South Africa 2023 – 2024”.



Legal Practitioner (Attorney), South Africa, 2008


LLB, University of South Africa, 2005 (cum laude)
A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.