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Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa (incorporated as Deneys Reitz Inc)

15 ALICE LANE, SANDTON 2196, SOUTH AFRICA
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South Africa

Within Banking and finance, Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa (incorporated as Deneys Reitz Inc) is a first tier firm,

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa (incorporated as Deneys Reitz Inc) is a leading player in the renewable energy sector, with Jackie Midlane and Gavin Noeth having standout reputations. The firm advised parties in 15 of the 28 projects in Round 1 of the government’s renewable energy IPP programme. Mining finance, real estate finance and cross-border financings are also key elements of the practice, as well as trade finance, which is a key practice for the firm globally. Clients include Absa Bank, FirstRand Bank, Investec Bank, Standard Chartered and Nedbank. Riza Moosa and trade finance leader Lodewyk Meyer are senior members of the team.

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Within Competition, Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa (incorporated as Deneys Reitz Inc) is a second tier firm,

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa (incorporated as Deneys Reitz Inc) is active in cartel investigations and general contentious matters. The team has represented clients in a series of Competition Commission investigations and also successfully defended Omnia Fertilizer in the Constitutional Court, in a case relating to the Commission’s powers to amend complaint referrals. Department head Heather Irvine and contentious expert Marianne Wagener have ‘good knowledge and experience’, and provide ‘a good link to the commercial team’. Rosalind Lake is also recommended.

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Within Corporate and M&A, Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa (incorporated as Deneys Reitz Inc) is a first tier firm,

With a notably international flavour to its practice, Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa (incorporated as Deneys Reitz Inc) has a history of strength in the financial services, mining and energy sectors, and has become a leading player in the renewable energy space. The team represented Barclays on the R18.3bn combination of its African operations with Absa. On the mining side, it has worked on a sequence of deals for Rio Tinto, including its acquisition of a 37% interest in Richards Bay Minerals. ‘Exceptional lawyer’ Kevin Cron is ‘a good guy to work with’, and leads a team which includes Ross Lomax, Alastair Dixon and Cape Town’s John Gillmer.

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Within Dispute resolution, Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa (incorporated as Deneys Reitz Inc) is a first tier firm,

The ‘outstanding’ and ‘professionalNorton Rose Fulbright South Africa (incorporated as Deneys Reitz Inc) has the ‘best’ contentious insurance practice in South Africa, with a significant ‘pool of expertise’. Mining, financial institutions, contentious regulatory and anti-corruption, and environmental litigation are key growth areas. Aslam Moosajee is recommended for banking and finance litigation, and André Vos and the ‘excellent’ Jeffrey Kron for mining litigation. Tony Hardie, Craig Woolley, the ‘very experienced’ Michael Hart, Donald Dinnie and John Neaves are renowned for their insurance expertise. Kim Rew is ‘razor sharp’.

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Within Intellectual property, Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa (incorporated as Deneys Reitz Inc) is a third tier firm,

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa (incorporated as Deneys Reitz Inc) represents a number of well-known retail brands and financial institutions. Trade marks are the dominant element of the practice, including registration, litigation and opinion work, and copyright is also a growth area. Brian Wimpey heads the team, which includes Likonelo Magagula, who has ‘a very strong trade mark knowledge base’ and interacts well with the authorities.

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Within Investment funds, Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa (incorporated as Deneys Reitz Inc) is a first tier firm,

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa (incorporated as Deneys Reitz Inc) is gaining more institutional instructions and engagements from new fund start-ups. A key growth segment is private equity fund structuring into Africa through Mauritius and other domestic vehicles, for which Lance Roderick has a fine reputation. He recently advised on the establishment of Sanlam’s Africa floating rate credit fund. Gareth Weston is ‘second to none’ on traditional hedge fund work and private equity investments.

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Within Labour and employment, Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa (incorporated as Deneys Reitz Inc) is a first tier firm,

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa (incorporated as Deneys Reitz Inc) is a market leader in transactions, senior executive dismissals and discrimination cases, acting for multiple clients in the financial institutions, mining, retail, energy and public sectors. It recently advised Pioneer Foods in connection with a long-running dispute concerning drivers that transferred to independent contractor status. Hermann Nieuwoudt has ‘excellent knowledge of labour law’ and understands his clients’ ‘environment and strategic needs’. The ‘professional’, ‘sound’ and ‘practical’ Murray Alexander and Joe Mothibi are also highly regarded.

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Within Mining, Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa (incorporated as Deneys Reitz Inc) is a first tier firm,

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa (incorporated as Deneys Reitz Inc) represents major mining companies such as Anglo American, Rio Tinto and Exxaro Resources as well as a number of junior players. The firm advised the Chamber of Mines of South Africa on a series of draft bills, and acted for Rio Tinto on its acquisition of a 37% interest in Richards Bay Minerals from BHP Billiton. ‘Top practitioner’ Michael Dale is ‘one of the leading lights in mining law’. ‘Seasoned industry expert’ Kevin Kron has a wealth of mining M&A experience, while André Vos and Jeffrey Kron are frontrunners in mining disputes. Jackie Midlane is a recognised mining finance specialist.

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Within Projects and infrastructure, Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa (incorporated as Deneys Reitz Inc) is a first tier firm,

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa (incorporated as Deneys Reitz Inc) has successfully capitalised on the global firm’s pre-eminence in renewable energy, recently representing the lenders on the 64MW Lesedi solar PV project and on the 75MW Lesatsi PV Solar Park. Gavin Noeth and Jackie Midlane, who is praised for her industriousness and ‘co-ordinating skills’, are the prominent names in project finance, with Gary Rademeyer leading on the construction side. The team is of ‘a high standard’, shows ‘proactive dedication’ and ‘adds a lot of value across a project’.

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Within Real estate and construction, Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa (incorporated as Deneys Reitz Inc) is a first tier firm,

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa (incorporated as Deneys Reitz Inc) is strong in both contentious and non-contentious construction. On the non-contentious front, it has been active in relation to South Africa’s renewable energy programme, with Gary Rademeyer making an outstanding impression. Contentious specialist Tony Chappel is praised for his leadership skills.

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Within Shipping and transport, Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa (incorporated as Deneys Reitz Inc) is a second tier firm,

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa (incorporated as Deneys Reitz Inc) is a ‘maritime market leader’, in casualty and admiralty work as well as marine insurance. The firm is also increasingly active in commercial shipping, including handling instructions from commodity traders. Clients include Shipowners P&I Club Singapore, Ore and Metal, Etana and Bidvest Port Operations. The firm represented Shipowners Asia in connection with MT Salvaliant’s loss of tow. Malcolm Hartwell remains the most senior master mariner in the domestic legal market and, in common with the ‘well-respected’ Andrew Robinson, has ‘great understanding and knowledge’ of maritime law.

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Within Tax, Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa (incorporated as Deneys Reitz Inc) is a third tier firm,

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa (incorporated as Deneys Reitz Inc)’s expanding team is ‘good value for money’, with ‘good industry knowledge’ and ‘excellent response times’. It acts for clients ranging from major financial institutions to start-up businesses, and is a leader in financial instruments and renewable energy transactions. Andrew Wellsted is ‘practical’, ‘commercial’ and ‘consistently delivers quality tax advice’. He is supported by mining and banking expert Dale Cridlan and the immensely experienced Peter Surtees.

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