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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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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)’s substantial team is acclaimed for its strength in infrastructure and project finance, with Jackie Midlane being particularly highly regarded. The firm’s record in South African renewable energy IPP projects is unsurpassed, as is its experience in cross-border financings into the wider African region. Commodity and trade finance is another key area for the firm in South Africa and globally. Riza Moosa heads the department, which includes English law qualified Steven Gamble, who leads the pan-Africa deal 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)’s impressive pan-Africa practice was strengthened with the arrival of the ‘super-intelligent’ and ‘commercial’ Mark Griffiths from Barclays Africa. The firm recently advised Omnia Group on its abuse of dominance complaint against Sasol Chemical Industries. Heather Irvine ‘holds her own with the best’, while Rosalind Lake is ‘always accessible’, has ‘sound knowledge’ and is ‘a good communicator’. Marianne Wagener is also recommended.

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Within 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 a major name in renewable energy projects across Africa. It represents developers, construction companies and lenders, and its team consists of South African and English qualified lawyers who are equally strong on contentious and non-contentious matters. Contentious expert Tony Chappel is noted for his ‘holistic overview’ of engagements, and Gary Rademeyer handles contentious and non-contentious matters, particularly in the renewable energy sector.

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Within Corporate and M&A, 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) may have a smaller bench of senior figures, but the South Africa team has successfully leveraged the firm’s global reputation and is a major presence in the mining and resources, energy and financial institutions sectors. It also leads the way on African transactions and represented AgriGroupe on its headline acquisition of AFGRI. Kevin Cron has a virtually unrivalled reputation. Ross Lomax and pan-Africa specialist Gabriel Meyer are also highly recommended.

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

Historically, Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa (incorporated as Deneys Reitz Inc)’s sizeable dispute resolution department has been historically insurance driven, although it has grown to provide genuinely rounded coverage with particular additional strength in banking and finance, mining and regulatory cases. The firm represented Kumbu Iron Ore in the Sishen Mine mineral rights dispute, and Gold Fields and acted for Sibanye Gold in the headline silicosis class action. Its market-leading team includes Donald Dinnie, Jeffrey Kron, Michael Hart, Tony Hardie, Craig Woolley and Kim Rew.

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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)’s practice focuses on trade marks, though it has broadened into the patent arena. Much of its client base is composed of financial institutions. The firm has significant depth in transactional IP and regularly handles prosecution work. The ‘very professional’ and ‘excellent’ Likonelo Magagula heads the team, which now includes the ‘very responsive’ Allison Williams. Brian Wimpey joined Bredenkamp Intellectual Property Attorneys.

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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)’s leading funds practice draws on its focused expertise in the sector, its bench strength in South Africa and its global capabilities to cover a broad range of private equity, hedge funds and other investment vehicles, and it has extensive experience in South African and offshore structures. The group has ‘depth and breadth in terms of knowledge’, is ‘pragmatic’ and ‘timely’, and works well with clients. It recently represented Absa Capital on the secondary sale of its interest in Absa Capital Private Equity Fund. Lance Roderick is ‘extremely responsive’, ‘efficient’ and ‘articulate’, and Gareth Weston is ‘commercial’, ‘practical’ and has ‘in-depth industry knowledge’.

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Within Labour and employment, 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) has a smaller department than close competitors, but has the ability to tap into the expertise and resources of its global network to deliver service that is ‘very professional’ and ‘dedicated to excellence’. Much of the practice centres on the mining, food, transport, retail, financial services and life sciences sectors, and it undertakes a significant proportion of parastatal work. The firm has worked on a series of strike cases and is well known for senior executive terminations with Joe Mothibi leading. Hermann Nieuwoudt and Murray Alexander are experienced professionals. Karen Ainslie is ‘very knowledgeable’, ‘highly efficient’ and ‘organised’.

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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)’s full-service mining practice includes leading individual Michael Dale, mining M&A expert Kevin Kron and mining finance specialist Jackie Midlane. André Vos and Jeffrey Kron are recognised leaders in mining disputes. The South Africa team also links into the firm’s leading global natural resources practice. The department has worked on a series of cross-border acquisitions involving Africa and represented blue-chip mining houses during a number of asset disposals. Clients include Anglo American and Exxaro Resources.

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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 regulatory, finance and construction expertise and has been a dominant force in South Africa’s renewable energy programme. It is also actively engaged in coal-fired and gas-fired IPP programmes and strengthened its capabilities in oil and gas with the arrival of Lizel Oberholzer from Bowman Gilfillan. Gavin Noeth is a leading expert in infrastructure projects and PPPs, while Jackie Midlane has an outstanding record in project finance. The department’s track record in Africa includes mandates in Tanzania, Mozambique, Angola and Botswana.

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

Pieter Niehaus heads Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa (incorporated as Deneys Reitz Inc)’s real estate practice, which represents sponsors and lenders, and has particular expertise in the renewable energy sector. The firm is also active in cross-border investments.

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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)’s global transport credentials are supported by a prominent team in South Africa. The practice represents a range of shipowners and P&I clubs, and is an emerging force in commercial shipping for clients such as commodity traders. The firm’s sizeable South African insurance team is also highly regarded. Clients highlight master mariner Malcolm Hartwell, shipping specialist Andrew Robinson, aviation head Heather Manson, and Steven Gamble, who is an active figure in locomotive asset finance, as well as port and rail infrastructure developments.

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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) has notable expertise in banking products and preference shares. The team is also active in disputes and renewable energy projects. It advised AgriGroupe on the tax aspects of its buyout of AFGRI. Andrew Wellsted and Dale Cridlan are excellent practitioners and Professor Peter Surtees provides further experience.

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