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Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc

15 ALICE LANE, SANDTON 2196, SOUTH AFRICA
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South Africa

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc’s illustrious project finance credentials perhaps overshadow the breadth of the firm’s impressive wider banking and finance department. Real estate finance, trade and commodity finance, acquisition and leveraged finance, and asset finance are also key components of the practice. The firm’s international resources also mean it can leverage expert support in areas such as regulatory and Basel III adequacy work. Gregory Nott and Lize Louw joined from Werksmans Attorneys, enhancing a team which advises all the major lenders in South Africa and many key development finance institutions (DFIs). Riza Moosa is ‘a really good lawyer’ and ‘fantastic negotiator’, and Jackie Midlane is similarly highly regarded, especially in project finance. Trade finance specialist Lodewyk Meyer joined Hogan Lovells.

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 1

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc

Ahead of the curve in South Africa’, Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc provides an ‘excellent’, ‘high-quality’ service underpinned by ‘vast knowledge’, ‘business acumen’ and ‘excellent value for money’. The leanly structured department has made its mark in the telecoms and energy sectors, and is heavily engaged in the secondary market in the renewables sector, including advising on a significant deal for Scatec Solar. The practice lacks the volume of deals by comparison with other top-tier competitors, but it continues to appear in high-value and complex transactions, often in those with a cross-border or pan-African context. Clients include Anglo American, BAE Systems, Exxaro Resources, Telkom and Chevron. The team represented Exxaro in its $472m acquisition of Total Coal South Africa. Kevin Cron is outstanding and Ross Lomax is ‘service-minded’, ‘highly knowledgeable’ and has ‘a keen commercial understanding’. Bradley Scop is recommended for telecoms transactions, as is Georg Kahle 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 continues to make an impression with its experienced and knowledgeable team, notably in merger notifications and cartel matters. The firm advised Steinhoff International Holdings on its headline merger with Pepkor Holdings, one of the largest ever deals in South Africa. It also represented Siemens and Dresser-Rand in the South African notification of the merger between Siemens Energy, Dynamo Acquisition and Dresser-Rand. Heather Irvine, Mark Griffiths, Rosalind Lake and Marianne Wagener have tremendous reputations.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc

Renewable energy projects continue to be a primary driver of Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc’s well-developed construction practice. These projects now extend well beyond South Africa into jurisdictions such as Mozambique, Botswana, Uganda and Malawi. Gas-to-power work is also poised to become a significant driver of the practice. The firm advises a variety of major developers, lenders and contractors, and has a significant depth of expertise in both front-end and back-end work. Contentious expert Tony Chappel, Gary Rademeyer and Daniel Kaufman form a formidable senior team.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc’s substantial department has an insurance heritage, but has developed into a fully rounded dispute resolution practice with strengths in big-ticket banking disputes, mining, construction and renewable energy disputes. The firm remains a market leader in professional indemnity, especially auditors’ liability. It continued to represent Gold Fields and Sibanye Gold in the headline silicosis class action and acted for PricewaterhouseCoopers and its legacy firms in a long-running audit negligence claim. Senior team members include Donald Dinnie, Jeffrey Kron, Michael Hart and Aslam Moosajee.

Leading individuals

Donald Dinnie - Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc

Jeffrey Kron - Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc

Michael Hart - Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc’s emphasis is on pan-African matters, where it can best assist its multinational client base. With its global footprint, the firm has genuine credibility in portfolio management. Likonelo Magagula heads the South Africa team, which includes transactional IP specialist Allison Williams in Durban. The firm recently advised PricewaterhouseCoopers in trade mark rectification proceedings brought by P West Consulting.

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc lost Gareth Weston to Maitland in 2015, but has impressive senior talent with Lance Roderick in Durban and John Gillmer in Cape Town. The team is best known for hedge funds, but has a burgeoning private equity practice, especially on the LP side. It recently advised South African Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) on its investment in South Suez Africa Fund II. Louise Campion is also recommended.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc’s ‘very pragmatic’ team has robust expertise in contentious and non-contentious matters, where it acts for a tremendous domestic and international client base. Parastatal work remains a feature of the practice, as does collective bargaining, strikes and executive dismissals. Joe Mothibi, Hermann Nieuwoudt, Murray Alexander are outstanding practitioners, as is the ‘professional’, ‘excellentKaren Ainslie, whose ‘turnaround times are exceptional’.

Leading individuals

Hermann Nieuwoudt - Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc

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Mining
Mining - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc’s commitment to the mining sector – globally and domestically – has attracted work from key players such as Anglo American, BHP Billiton, Impala Platinum and Exxaro Resources and new client AngloGold Ashanti. The team recently advised Exxaro on its $472m acquisition of Total Coal South Africa. Mining law specialist Michael Dale is ‘a superb lawyer’ and ‘top of the pile’, and experienced mining M&A expert Kevin Cron and litigator Jeffrey Kron are also highly rated.

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

Using its ‘variety of relevant experience and legal skills’, Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc has become an ever-present figure in South Africa’s renewable energy programme, and is now transferring its expertise to nascent areas such as the nation’s coal baseload IPP programme and the gas-to-power initiative, as well as work across Africa. Traditionally a lender-oriented practice, it now represents a growing cohort of sponsors such as Zimbabwe Power Company, which it advised on the 600MW Hwange thermal power expansion project and the 300MW Kariba hydropower extension project. Jackie Midlane heads the practice, which also includes infrastructure specialists Muzi Kubeka and Bradley Harber. Changes in the team occurred with the recruitment of energy specialist Gregory Nott and project finance expert Lize Louw from Werksmans Attorneys, but the loss of infrastructure and PPP leader Gavin Noeth to Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr.

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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 leader in transport and has developed a multi-skilled practice in South Africa covering shipping and ports, aviation, rail and logistics. Its market-leading expertise in insurance is another key characteristic of the practice in South Africa. Clients include Associated Marine Underwriting Agency, Manica, Motorvia and Regent Insurance. Andrew Robinson heads the team, which also includes master mariner Malcolm Hartwell, aviation expert Heather Manson, and asset finance specialist Steven Gamble. Clients praise the ‘excellent’ team, which is available and provides regular updates.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc mainly acts for financial institutions and regularly advises on tax aspects of mainstream banking products, hybrid debt instruments and preference shares. The team has experienced an uptick in tax disputes and BEE-related tax issues, and continues to be heavily engaged in renewable energy projects. Andrew Wellsted is noted for his disputes expertise and often represents SARS, while Dale Cridlan is active in the banking, insurance and mining sectors.

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South Africa: Real estate

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc

Much of Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc’s real estate practice pertains to the renewable energy sector, especially on behalf of lenders. In addition, the firm is active in general commercial and residential development work and corporate leases. Pieter Niehaus heads the practice.

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