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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 has a broad practice with an emphasis on banks and DFIs, but has a growing portion of borrower and sponsor work. The firm is active across the main products, including project, acquisition, real estate and trade finance. The arrival of banking partner Shawn Barnett from Macquarie Securities and business rescue expert Haroon Laher from Bowmans bolstered the team. Highlights included advising BCL on the financing of its R3.7bn acquisition of Norilsk Nickel’s African operations – a cross-border deal involving Russia, Botswana and South Africa. Riza Moosa, project finance leader Jackie Midlane, Gregory Nott and Lize Louw are recommended.

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

Praised for its β€˜10/10 level of service’, Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc’s comparatively small team has an outsized reputation for big deals, notably in mining, telecoms, financial services, pharmaceuticals, life sciences and in the secondary market in renewables. Clients include Barclays, Exxaro Resources, Cell C and Zurich Insurance. It advised SunEdison on its acquisition of a 60% stake in the Dassiesklip, Konkoosies, and Aries renewable energy independent power producer procurement projects. Kevin Cron, the β€˜client-focused’ Ross Lomax, mining sector specialist Georg Kahle and head of equity capital markets Alastair Dixon are recommended.

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

The β€˜brilliant’ practice at Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc has β€˜a good understanding of client requirements’. The firm is noted for complex mergers, pan-African work and cartel matters. It advised Distell on its submissions to the Competition Tribunal concerning the merger between SABMiller and Anheuser-Busch InBev. Marianne Wagener, Mark Griffiths and Rosalind Lake are highly regarded. Heather Irvine joined Falcon and Hume Inc.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc is engaged in major projects across Southern Africa, including the gas-to-power and coal baseload programmes in South Africa. Disputes work includes representing Bombela Concession Company in a number of arbitration proceedings concerning the construction of the Gautrain Rapid Rail Link. Contentious specialist Tony Chappel is β€˜holistic’ in his approach and Daniel McConnell is praised for his β€˜detail and commitment’. Durban’s Gary Rademeyer covers both front-end and back-end work. Daniel Kaufman transferred to Dubai.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc’s background is in insurance litigation, but it has a genuinely rounded practice with notable strength in mainstream commercial disputes as well as in energy (including renewables), transport, mining, employment and construction cases. The team was enhanced by the arrival of insolvency expert Haroon Laher from Bowmans. It represented two of four defendants in a class action brought by 43 inmates of a private correctional facility in South Africa. Donald Dinnie is now South Africa managing partner. Jeffrey Kron is β€˜a doyen in dispute resolution’, as are Michael Hart and the β€˜client-committed’ 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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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc

The β€˜very professional’ team at Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc provides β€˜value for money’ as well as β€˜strong and decisive advice’. It is widely recognised for its large-scale retrenchments, business restructuring and transfers work as well as an impressive record in advising parastatals. The firm advised Edcon on a major restructuring and related mass dismissal claim. β€˜Clear thinker’ Mohammed Chavoos can β€˜break complex issues into manageable solutions’ and Joe Mothibi is praised for his β€˜thought leadership, professionalism and dependability’. Hermann Nieuwoudt, Murray Alexander and Karen Ainslie are also recommended.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc has seen a significant uptick in IP disputes. It is also building its publishing industry copyright capabilities. The firm provides an β€˜excellent overall service’ and β€˜attention to detail’, with its international network bringing the South African operation several impressive clients such as Energizer Brands, which it advised on trade mark proceedings against manufacturers of counterfeit batteries in Madagascar. The β€˜very customer-focused’ Likonelo Magagula and IP agreements expert Allison Williams are key contacts.

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc provides β€˜an excellent service’, tight turnaround times and advice that is β€˜practical’ and β€˜tailored’ to clients’ needs. It has seen a significant increase in private equity work. It principally represents limited partnerships (LPs) including pension funds and development finance institutions (DFIs), but has a growing number of general partner (GP) clients. Absa, Ascent Capital, the IFC, Novare Equity Partners, Sanlam Investments and Sands Capital are clients. Lance Roderick left practice in 2016, while Shawn Barnett joined from Macquarie Securities South Africa. John Gillmer joined Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr.

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Mining
Mining - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc operates a full-service practice covering regulatory matters, disputes, finance, M&A and health and safety issues. It is known for its strength in platinum, coal and base metals, and clients include Glencore Operations South Africa, Exxaro Resources, Anglo American and Impala Platinum. The firm has seen an uptick in mining disputes and alternative financing transactions. It advised BCL on its acquisition of shares in Norilsk Nickel Africa. β€˜Doyen of the mining industry’ Michael Dale is β€˜extensively consulted’. Kevin Cron and Georg Kahle are β€˜recommended for big M&A deals’.

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

Noted for its β€˜international experience’ and β€˜commitment to each transaction’, Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc is β€˜particularly strong in renewable energy and mining’. The team is especially active in gas-to-power and coal projects and is increasingly active in projects in sub-Saharan jurisdictions including Kenya, Namibia and Zimbabwe. The lender-oriented department is increasing its proportion of sponsor mandates. It advised Emvelo as the lead developer of the Ilangalethu CSP1 project. Key contacts include Jackie Midlane, head of infrastructure Muzi Kubeka, upstream oil and gas specialist Gregory Nott and project finance leader Bradley Harber.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc has experienced an increase in residential development work, especially in Cape Town. The firm remains heavily engaged in real estate matters connected to renewable energy projects. Clients include project sponsors, property developers and financial institutions. Pieter Niehaus is a key contact.

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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 has leading global credentials in transport, and the β€˜excellent’ South Africa team is praised for its case management expertise. The group has in-depth experience of rail, road, aviation and shipping; clients include Shipowners Asia, Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa, Wilmar Oils & Fats Africa, and South African Airlines. Andrew Robinson is β€˜knowledgeable, reputable and adds value’. Master mariner Malcolm Hartwell and aviation expert Heather Manson are recommended.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc provides a β€˜10/10 service’ for banking and financing transactions. The firm has seen an uptick in disputes mandates from government regulators (including SARS), corporates and private clients. It recently advised Tower Capital Management on the migration of a hedge fund structure to a new regulated platform under the Collective Investment Scheme Control Act. Andrew Wellsted is praised for his β€˜client engagement’, β€˜regular communications’ and β€˜strategic approach’. The β€˜seasoned’ Dale Cridlan has β€˜valuable experience and knowledge of the regulator’s views and practices’.

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