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Werksmans Attorneys

LEVEL 1, NO.5 SILO SQUARE,, V&A WATERFRONT, CAPE TOWN 8001, SOUTH AFRICA
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Work +27 21 405 5100
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Web:
https://www.werksmans.com
Cape Town, Johannesburg

South Africa

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Werksmans Attorneys

Werksmans Attorneys has close ties to most of South Africa’s largest banks and continues to impress in acquisition and leveraged finance, DCM and structured finance, and project finance. Paul Tindle and Danny Andropoulos have joined from the now defunct Prinsloo, Tindle & Andropoulos Inc to further bolster the team’s standing in structured finance and acquisition finance and will help to cement the firm’s relationship with Standard Bank especially. Acquisition finance specialist Elliott Wood advised Investec Bank on the R1.15bn financing of Warshay Investments’ acquisition of KWV’s operational assets. The team provides an β€˜outstanding’ level of service and β€˜unparalleled commitment and turnaround times’. Richard Roothman is a leader in DCM and structured finance and Chris Moraitis is β€˜a very good project finance lawyer’, especially for sponsors. Natalie Scott is β€˜commercial’, β€˜timeous’ and β€˜friendly’.

Leading individuals

Richard Roothman - Werksmans Attorneys

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Werksmans Attorneys

Werksmans Attorneys has a lean team that has impressed in outbound transactions for South African corporates and in domestic listed deals. It continues to be a major player in mining deals with clients such as Glencore, and is gaining market share in private equity buyouts and distressed M&A. The practice advised Bidvest on its acquisition of Brandcorp from Ethos Private Equity and also represented Endo International on the disposal of South Africa-based Litha Healthcare to Acino Pharma. The team is β€˜responsive’, β€˜pragmatic’, β€˜commercial’ and has β€˜hands on’ partners. The β€˜pragmatic’ David Gewer and Kevin Trudgeon are senior practitioners. Brian Price β€˜clearly articulates potential issues’ and β€˜works together with opposing counsel to reach a fair compromise’. Gerhard Johannes is also recommended. Paul Tindle and Danny Andropoulos have joined from the now defunct Prinsloo, Tindle & Andropoulos Inc.

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Competition
Competition - ranked: tier 2

Werksmans Attorneys

Werksmans Attorneys has an impressive market share of cartel investigations, market inquiries, mergers, and abuse of dominance cases. TMT is a key industry for the team; it represented Media24 in an abuse of dominance case brought by the Competition Commission. The team is β€˜responsive, professional, dependable and committed’ and β€˜goes the extra mile’. Paul Coetser is outstanding, as are key partners Ahmore Burger-Smidt and Paul Cleland. Pieter Steyn and Petra Krusche are also recommended.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

Werksmans Attorneys

Werksmans Attorneys is noted primarily for contentious work and the team is commended for its β€˜tactical astuteness’ and β€˜awareness of the commercial realities of the world’; it frequently advises major contractors and heavy engineering companies in sub-Saharan Africa engagements. The team represented WorleyParsons South Africa in a dispute with Group 5 concerning the Kpone Independent Power Project in Ghana. Jason Smit is β€˜a safe pair of hands’.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Werksmans Attorneys

Werksmans Attorneys remains at the forefront of big-ticket disputes, including regulatory, administrative and constitutional law cases. It has a notable record in broadcasting and telecoms, energy and healthcare, and continues to develop its standing in arbitration. The team represented the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa in review proceedings to set aside an award of a tender for the sale and acquisition of locomotives. The group is β€˜aligned to clients’ needs’, β€˜responsive’ and β€˜flexible’. Corlett Manaka leads the team, which includes the highly reputed Des Williams and β€˜hard-core litigator’ David Hertz. Neil Kirby is also recommended for healthcare cases.

Leading individuals

David Hertz - Werksmans Attorneys

Des Williams - Werksmans Attorneys

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Werksmans Attorneys

Werksmans Attorneys has experienced growth in restructurings, retrenchments and redundancy exercises, and has increased its exposure to parastatal work. The firm has an impressive record in construction and engineering and delivers β€˜consistently high standards’ through β€˜tactically very astute’ and β€˜passionate’ practitioners. The team advised Siemens on the carve-out of its wind power and renewables business into a new entity, Siemens Power. Anastasia Vatalidis leads the team, which includes Cape Town’s Jacques van Wyk, who provides β€˜excellent legal knowledge and practical advice’, and parastatal specialist Sandile July.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Werksmans Attorneys

Werksmans Attorneys has a fine record in the telecoms, consumer, retail, insurance, financial, wine and sports industries. It represented Garmin Switzerland in opposing the registration of trade mark β€˜Vivosmart’ by BBK Communications Technology. Janine Hollesen and Stuart Gardiner are the lead partners.

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 2

Werksmans Attorneys

Werksmans Attorneys’ β€˜extremely knowledgeable’ team has broad product and geographic coverage. It recently advised five pension/provident funds and a Namibian-based institutional investor on their proposed investment into three private equity funds. Shayne Krige is β€˜investor friendly’ and β€˜provides extremely good advice’.

Next generation lawyers

Hilah Laskov - Werksmans Attorneys

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Mining
Mining - ranked: tier 2

Werksmans Attorneys

Werksmans Attorneys is recommended for regulatory and transactional matters. It advised ArcelorMittal on its acquisition of the Thabazimbi Iron Ore Mine from Sishen Iron Ore Company and represented Anglo Platinum on the disposal of a half share of the Pandora Joint Venture Mine to Lonmin. Department head Chris Stevens β€˜knows mining law backwards’ and Kevin Trudgeon is recommended for mining M&A.

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 2

Werksmans Attorneys

Werksmans Attorneys remains actively involved in South Africa’s renewable energy, nuclear and coal baseload programmes. It advised Marubeni Corporation and Korea Electric Power Corporation on their successful bid for the 600MW coal-fired power generation plant in the Limpopo Province, South Africa. The team has β€˜exceptional knowledge in the energy industry’ and β€˜the level of service is brilliant’. Chris Moraitis, Astrid Berman, Deon Griessel and Dave Walker are recommended and Jonathan Behr is β€˜most thoughtful and helpful’.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Werksmans Attorneys

Werksmans Attorneys remains noted for mixed-use and retail developments, including those in Cape Town. It advised V&A Waterfront Holdings on the development of the Silo precinct. Hendrik Kotze and Brian Kew are recommended.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Werksmans Attorneys

Werksmans Attorneys has β€˜many loyal clients’ thanks to the presence of the much-celebrated Ernest Mazansky and international tax leader Michael Honiball. The team has worked on a series of complex cross-border and domestic transactions, for example, advising Transaction Capital on its acquisition of an Australian subsidiary. Doelie Lessing is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Ernest Mazansky - Werksmans Attorneys

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