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South Africa

Top-tier recommendations

Recommendations


South Africa

Within Banking and finance, Werksmans Attorneys is a second tier firm,

Werksmans Attorneys’ practice is focused on project finance, DCM, and acquisition and debt finance. Clients highlight the team for its ‘industry knowledge’, ‘extremely fast and very professional’ approach, expertise in preference share funding and leveraged finance, and collaboration with tax colleagues. The firm has completed a series of impressive acquisition and leveraged finance transactions, notably for Absa Bank and Investec Bank. Elliott Wood is singled out for particular praise, and DCM expert Richard Roothman and project finance specialist Deon Griessel are also standout names.

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Within Competition, Werksmans Attorneys is a second tier firm,

Werksmans Attorneys is making progress, with the ‘very sound’ and ‘very balanced’ Paul Coetser being recommended. The firm is active in merger control and market abuse cases. In 2012, it obtained merger approval for Glencore International’s acquisition of Johannesburg-listed Optimum.

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Within Corporate and M&A, Werksmans Attorneys is a first tier firm,

Werksmans Attorneys has a leading presence advising the mining and financial services industries, and has had recent success in cross-border transactions and in the pharmaceutical and retail sectors. ‘Excellent attorney’ Gareth Driver and Kevin Trudgeon head the practice. The ‘very effective’ team, which provides a ‘dedicated service’, also includes Dave Walker, Huneiza Goolam and Willie Oosthuizen.

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Within Dispute resolution, Werksmans Attorneys is a first tier firm,

Werksmans Attorneys is ‘definitely a tier-one practice’, and has an outstanding track record in high-value and high-profile cases. The firm recently represented Gold Fields Operations in a major damages action. Clients highlight the firm’s ‘value for money’, ‘appropriate delegation between partner and associate’, and willingness to ‘delve into the fine print’ and provide ‘strategic advice’. Among its senior practitioners are the industrious and skilled David Hertz, and the ‘experienced’ Des Williams. The ‘efficient’ and ‘strategic’ Eric Levenstein is recommended for business rescue matters.

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Within Intellectual property, Werksmans Attorneys is a third tier firm,

Werksmans Attorneys has a fine reputation and covers a number of major industries. It has considerable expertise in litigation, recently acting for Pioneer Foods in connection with an Advertising Authority Standards complaint lodged by Tiger Brands. Janine Hollesen and Stuart Gardiner are the senior team members.

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Within Labour and employment, Werksmans Attorneys is a second tier firm,

Werksmans Attorneys has extensive experience in strike actions and mass dismissals. In 2013, it successfully interdicted an unlawful strike on behalf of the City of Johannesburg, and also advised Kraft Foods on a major retrenchment exercise. Jacques van Wyk and department head Anastasia Vatalidis are recommended.

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Within Mining, Werksmans Attorneys is a second tier firm,

Werksmans Attorneys has made significant progress and has consolidated its relationships with mining majors, particularly following the arrival of ‘able practitioner’ Chris Stevens, who is ‘one of the outstanding mining lawyers in South Africa’. Clients include Glencore Xstrata and BHP Billiton. The firm has completed a series of coal transactions, including advising Glencore on its R4.7bn acquisition of Optimum Coal. Gareth Driver, David Walker and Kevin Trudgeon have extensive experience in mining M&A.

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Within Projects and infrastructure, Werksmans Attorneys is a first tier firm,

Werksmans Attorneys has made an impression in the renewable energy arena, and has a strong record in the coal sector. It represented SunEdison in the $232m cross-border financing of a solar panel energy project at Boshoff. The ‘highly committed team’ is ‘experienced in negotiating against lenders’ counsel’, and has ‘a great ability to work under immense pressure’. Greg Nott is ‘highly connected in the infrastructure space’, and is ‘very engaged in the service levels’. Richard Roothman, Lize Louw, Dave Walker, and Deon Griessel are also recommended.

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Within Real estate and construction, Werksmans Attorneys is a first tier firm,

At Werksmans Attorneys, Hendrik Kotze is a well-known real estate specialist. The firm represents a number of developers and financial institutions, and is noted for its work on mixed-use developments.

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Within Tax, Werksmans Attorneys is a second tier firm,

Werksmans Attorneys’ small team focuses on advisory and opinion work relating to M&A, corporate restructurings and tax disputes, mainly for large corporates and high-net-worth individuals. The firm advised Sun Edison Energy on the financing and operation of a solar power plant. The outstanding Ernest Mazansky provides ‘practical and concise tax advice’ and is willing to ‘take a view’. Doelie Lessing and Patrick McGurk are the other key directors.

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