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Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc


South Africa

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc’s large lender-oriented team is noted for its connections to both domestic and international banks and development finance institutions (DFIs). Active across the product range, the ‘excellent’ and ‘good quality’ team also has a number of big borrower clients such as Exxaro, which it advised on the refinancing of a senior term loan facility and revolving credit facilities. Riza Moosa is outstanding, as are head of projects Jackie Midlane and Africa head Gregory Nott. Lize Louw is also recommended for projects and energy.

Leading individuals

Riza Moosa - Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc

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

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc has gained a significant market share of BEE transactions, thanks in part to its experience in the mining sector; the team advised Exxaro Resources on the unwinding and replacement of its BEE structure. Ross Lomax has impressed in secondary deals in the renewable energy market and the wider team continues to be active in the financial services (including insurance) and telecoms sectors. Kevin Cron is a market leader and Georg Kahle is recommended for mining deals.

Leading individuals

Kevin Cron - Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc

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Competition
Competition - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc is noted for big-ticket domestic and cross-border mergers and anti-competitive conduct work. Clients include Wilmar, Bridgestone and Chevron, the latter of which it defended against a Competition Commission complaint against alleged price fixing and market allocation by diesel manufacturers. Marianne Wagener heads the team, Mark Griffiths has strong connections to regulators and Rosalind Lake is also highly regarded.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc provides an ‘excellent and solid service’ for disputes, including insurance-related cases, and construction linked to renewable energy and conventional energy projects. The team is increasingly active in cross-border work into the wider continent. The group represented Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Africa in disputes with its main sub-contractor for the construction of the Kusile and Medupi Power Stations. Tony Chappel is a ‘good litigator’ and Durban’s Gary Rademeyer and Daniel McConnell are noted for both front-end and back-end matters.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc has a formidable disputes team that is consistently engaged in headline cases, including class actions and public interest matters. It also impresses in investigations and anti-corruption with notable names André Vos and Marelise van der Westhuizen to the fore. ‘Senior statesman’ Jeffrey Kron is recommended for mining sector disputes, including silicosis class actions, and Aslam Moosajee is noted for banking sector cases. Michael Hart has an outstanding reputation.

Leading individuals

Jeffrey Kron - Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc

Michael Hart - Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc lost Joe Mothibi to ENSafrica, but maintains a strong senior bench featuring Hermann Nieuwoudt, Murray Alexander, Mohammed Chavoos and Karen Ainslie; Ainslie is ‘professional, ethical and delivers consistently high levels of service’. The team is recognised for parastatal work and for its expertise in strikes, investigations and restructurings.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc continues to build its profile and exposure to multinational clients. Clients include Zurich, Growthpoint Properties and Energizer. The team advised the latter on its separation from parent company Edwell Personal Care Products. Likonelo Magagula leads the team.

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc has an impressive market share of the South African hedge fund manager market and is active in both the energy and infrastructure private equity fund space and BEE private equity funds segment. Clients include Ascent Capital, Grindrod Asset Management and Absa. Shawn Barnett leads the team after John Gillmer’s departure to Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr.

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Mining
Mining - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc has taken centre stage in litigation and policy work with the firm’s role in the judicial review of South Africa’s new mining charter. The firm has a diverse and broad-based mining practice, serving clients such as Glencore Operations, Exxaro Resources, Anglo American, BCL and Impala Platinum. Michael Dale remains the doyen of the industry, with Kevin Cron and Georg Kahle both recognised for mining M&A and André Vos for litigation and anti-corruption. Jeffrey Kron is recommended for silicosis class actions.

Leading individuals

Michael Dale - Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc has diversified its practice into water desalination and treatment plants and energy projects outside of South Africa. It remains active in the secondary market for South Africa renewables and in the country’s coal baseload and gas-to-power programmes. The practice continues to be known as many lenders’ counsel of choice, including for several major DFIs, and is building its profile on the sponsor side. The team advised Impala Platinum on its arrangements with technology suppliers for the construction of an 8MW fuel cell plant. Head of energy Jackie Midlane is ‘very knowledgeable’ and Gregory Nott is recommended for renewable energy and oil and gas transactions. Bradley Harber is noted for project finance. Former head of infrastructure Muzi Kubeka has joined White & Case LLP.

Leading individuals

Jackie Midlane - Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc

Next generation lawyers

Malibuye Cossie - Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc has a flourishing practice across its Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban offices, including in transactional, development and finance work. It is frequently engaged on the real estate aspects of major energy projects and advised First Metro Housing NPC on the consolidation of 31 properties for a low-cost housing project. Pieter Niehaus leads the large team.

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Shipping and transport
Shipping and transport - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc is a global transport giant, which is recognised for its shipping, rail and aviation expertise in South Africa. It recently advised Freeport Ferries on its intention to run the first ro-ro freight and passenger services in Southern and East Africa. Andrew Robinson is a leading shipping practitioner; master mariner Malcolm Hartwell heads up the casualty response group; Heather Manson leads the aviation practice; and disputes lawyer David Kapelus leads the rail sector group.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc has experienced an uptick in compliance and disputes engagements and is active in restructurings and BEE structurings. The group also advised AIG on the tax risks associated with providing warranty and indemnity cover for buyer side insurance in a number of transactions. The team is ‘incredibly responsive’, providing a ‘partner-led service’ and ‘accurate and commercially sound advice’. Andrew Wellsted is ‘incredibly professional in handling clients’ and Dale Cridlan works hard to understand his clients’ businesses and ‘provides clear and commercial advice’.

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