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Baker McKenzie Johannesburg


South Africa

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie Johannesburg

Baker McKenzie Johannesburg has a solid mix of South Africa and English-qualified senior practitioners. It has developed strong connections to DFIs and has ‘in-depth knowledge and excellent drafting and negotiation skills’. The group advised the lenders on the project financing of the 25MW Ngodwana biomass facility in the Mpumalanga Province. ‘Very good attorneyWildu du Plessis leads the team, which includes Jennifer Stolp and English-qualified Frances Okosi.

Leading individuals

Wildu du Plessis - Baker McKenzie Johannesburg

Next generation lawyers

Bridgett Majola - Baker McKenzie Johannesburg

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

Baker McKenzie Johannesburg

Baker McKenzie Johannesburg is ‘one of the stronger international firms’ and is ‘picking up nice instructions’, advising Daimler, Mercedes-Benz South Africa, and Sandown Motor Holdings on the sale of dealerships and property in the Western Cape province to SuperGroup, the fleet management company. The practice remains strong in BEE work and advised Nokia Solutions on its restructuring to increase its BEE score. It has made further progress in private equity under Scott Nelson and the hire of a tax team from ENSafrica has only enhanced the firm’s capabilities in M&A and private equity. Morné van der Merwe is ‘commercial and looks after his clients’, as do Mike van Rensburg and Marc Yudaken, a recent hire from ENSafrica.

Next generation lawyers

Seraj Haroun - Baker McKenzie Johannesburg

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Competition
Competition - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie Johannesburg

Baker McKenzie Johannesburg has a formidable South Africa and global competition practice. Following the departure of department head Vani Chetty, the Johannesburg team is now led by Nick Altini, who is described as ‘very switched on, pragmatic and hardworking’ and ‘gets his head around the most difficult issues’. The firm continues to impress in mergers, anti-competitive practices and litigation, for example, representing HSBC in alleged FX price fixing proceedings. The team has ‘outstanding industry knowledge’ and delivers a ‘great quality and innovative service’.

Leading individuals

Nick Altini - Baker McKenzie Johannesburg

Next generation lawyers

Lerisha Naidu - Baker McKenzie Johannesburg

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie Johannesburg

Baker McKenzie Johannesburg lost big name Gerhard Rudolph to Allen & Overy (South Africa) LLP in 2017, but retains a core team featuring disputes specialist Sonia de Vries.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie Johannesburg

Baker McKenzie Johannesburg lost big name Gerhard Rudolph to Allen & Overy (South Africa) LLP in 2017, but maintains a solid team headed by the ‘very competentDarryl Bernstein and key partner John Bell. The ‘customer centric and cooperative’ team continues to be recognised for banking, insolvency, construction and technology sector disputes. Sonia de Vries has impressed in power station construction disputes. The firm has also experienced growth in multi-jurisdictional disputes and arbitration.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie Johannesburg

Baker McKenzie Johannesburg is best known for global reorganisations and business transfers, collective bargaining and strikes, and compliance and investigations. ‘Outstanding lawyer’ Johan Botes has extensive trade union experience, ‘has great technical expertise and a good understanding of industry trends’, is a ‘brilliant negotiator’ and is ‘very hands-on and proactive’. Clients include Accenture, Comair and Verifone Africa.

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Mining
Mining - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie Johannesburg

Baker McKenzie Johannesburg is working more frequently in matters outside South Africa, while remaining active in corporate restructuring and Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) advisory work. The team is best known for advising junior mining companies, with Morné van der Merwe having a solid record in transactions and advisory matters. Marc Yudaken led the team that advised Pan African Resources on its disposal of Uitkomst Colliery to Coal of Africa.

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie Johannesburg

Baker McKenzie Johannesburg’s dedicated projects team has expanded its focus into the broader sub-Saharan region, most notably by leveraging its experience in renewable energy. Infrastructure, conventional power and transportation are also pivotal areas for the practice. Namibia, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Ethiopia are key jurisdictions for the practice, which is noted for its connections to banks, DFIs and export credit agencies (ECAs). It recently advised Rand Merchant Bank on the project financing of the 16.5MW biomass facility in Kwazulu Natal Province. Kieran Whyte is a senior name and backed by Jennifer Stolp and finance leader Wildu Du Plessis. Karel Potgieter has joined Norton Rose Fulbright in Sydney.

Leading individuals

Kieran Whyte - Baker McKenzie Johannesburg

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie Johannesburg

Baker McKenzie Johannesburg expanded its team with the hire of Stephan Spamer, Arnaaz Camay and Nishana Gosai from ENSafrica. The broadly skilled team covers corporate and international tax, transfer pricing, and tax disputes. The group advised Aviat on the restructuring of its shareholding in its African subsidiaries. Other clients include British American Tobacco, Group Five, South32 and Uber. Former counsel Mark Preiss has departed.

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