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Darryl Bernstein

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Darryl Bernstein is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Disputes and ITC Practice Groups in Johannesburg, where he advises on the resolution of complex commercial disputes, regulatory compliance and investigations as well as contentious and non-contentious communications, media, privacy and technology matters.

Darryl routinely assists clients with international, domestic and multijurisdictional litigation and arbitration proceedings, with a particular focus on shareholder disputes, disputed claims in insolvency and business rescue proceedings, banking and matters involving the enforcement and perfection of security as well as commercial disputes involving clients in the constructing, engineering, IT and mining sectors. Darryl also acts on behalf of various state organisations and commercial tenderers in the resolution of tender disputes and administrative reviews.Darryl also assists clients with commercial advisory work, focusing particularly on Technology and Telecommunications. His practice includes advising clients on data protection issues, internet and e-business services, and digital commercial and regulatory requirements. He has advised a range of large global multinationals and domestic clients, including telecommunications operators, technology vendors, software and hardware developers and retailers. This advice routinely extends to internet and e-business services, communications regulation and compliance, the negotiation and preparation of domestic and cross-border technology licensing arrangements, multijurisdictional privacy and data protection issues, including the cross-border transfer of information and the establishment of local and international license and franchise operations.In anticipation of the commencement of the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI) in South Africa, Darryl obtained an International Association of Privacy Practitioners (IAPP) qualification in both European Privacy Law (on which POPI is based) and the general Foundations of Privacy Law. His relevant data privacy experience in the financial services and technology sector includes performing data security and privacy risk assessments and advising clients on security and privacy regulatory compliance, data security and privacy best practices and cross-border data flow. He has also assisted local and multinational clients with restrictions on collection and use of consumer information, leveraging personal information for advertising and marketing purposes and privacy policies for organizations and their websites.


Darryl completed his articles at Brink, Cohen, Le Roux & Roodt Inc in 2004, and stayed on at the firm as an associate until 2006. In 2006, Darryl left that firm to join one of its former partners and founders, Johan Roodt. He practiced at Roodt Inc as an associate, senior associate and ultimately a director until 2008. Darryl co-founded disputes-focused firm Rudolph, Bernstein & Associates in 2008 before joining Baker McKenzie with his entire team at the end of 2012. Darryl has practiced as a partner at Baker & McKenzie in Johannesburg since 2012.





• Law Society of the Northern Provinces (South Africa) • International Bar Association • Society of Construction Law • London Court of International Arbitration - Mauritius International Arbitration Centre (LCIA-MIAC) • International Association of Privacy Practitioners (IAPP)


• Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E) • University of Witwatersrand (Postgraduate Course in Access to Information and Privacy Law) (2014) • e-Commerce Law and Regulations Seminar (2014)  • University of Witswatersrand (Advanced Company Law I & II) (2009) • Admitted as an attorney in South Africa (2005) • University of Cape Town (LLB) (2002)

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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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