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Fasken

INANDA GREENS, BUILDING 2, 54 WIERDA ROAD WEST, SANDTON, JOHANNESBURG 2196, SOUTH AFRICA
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Calgary, Johannesburg, London, Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec and 2 more

South Africa

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

FASKEN

FASKEN is a market leader in project finance and has a solid record in structured trade and commodity finance, corporate bonds and general corporate finance. The firm has one of the most stable senior teams in the market. It advised the lenders on the headline portfolio financing of five wind energy projects, producing some 700MW of electricity; the transaction has been classed as the largest single renewable energy financing in Africa. Other work includes assisting the lenders with the financing for seven solar photovoltaic power plants in Kenya. Ashen Jugoo, Lara Bezuidenhoudt and Blaize Vance are all highly reputed.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

FASKEN

FASKEN remains best known for mining-sector transactions, though it has a growing standing in financial services, energy, life sciences and private equity. The team is 'prompt', 'accessible', 'professional' and 'always goes the extra mile'. Clients include Impala Platinum, Publicis and Medtronic. It advised Main Street 333 on the unbundling of its stake in Exxaro Resources and the implementing of a potential new BEE deal for Exxaro Resources. Dimitri Cavvadas, David Hoffe, Michael Teubes and Tanneke Heersche are key members of the team. Stimela Mokoena is highlighted for mining M&A.

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Competition
Competition - ranked: tier 3

FASKEN

FASKEN has an impressive standing in cartels, market inquiries and merger control. It is 'easy to work with, very strong analytically and very well connected to the regulator'. Head of department Neil MacKenzie is 'exceptionally responsive and client friendly' and senior figure Stephen Langbridge is 'very experienced and very practical', 'doesn't get bogged down in the detail' and 'gets things done'. The team represented the South African Petroleum Industry Association in Competition Tribunal proceedings concerning allegations of price fixing and market allocation in the commercial diesel market.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

FASKEN

FASKEN's large and stable team has a significant market share of big-ticket construction disputes in South Africa. It acts for a number of main and sub-contractors that operate in the jurisdiction. The firm also has notable non-contentious expertise among its project finance team; Blaize Vance and Ashen Jugoo are recognised for EPC document expertise. The team advised the lenders on the financing, construction, operation and maintenance of four projects undertaken by BioTherm Energy for round four of South Africa's renewable energy programme. Nic Roodt, Simon Pratt and Tania Siciliano are highly rated construction disputes specialists.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

FASKEN

FASKEN has an especially prominent standing in construction disputes, and administrative and constitutional law cases. It has also earned greater market share in mining regulatory matters and pension fund litigation. Eric van den Berg is recommended for mining and media disputes, and Nic Roodt, Rakhee Bhoora and Hanneke Spies for administrative law cases. The team acted for Timed Media Group in a headline case over the identification of minors involved in the criminal justice system.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

FASKEN

FASKEN has a fully-rounded employment practice and has an usually high degree of advocacy experience within the team. It leads the way in a range of sub-sectors, including employee benefits, pensions, health and safety, strikes and restraint of trade. The 'professional', 'warm and friendly' department 'collaborates well' with clients. Team leader Paul Fouche is noted for employment and health and safety matters, as well as his 'humility and experience', 'knowledge' and 'ability to simplify complex matters'. He represented Zizwe Opencast Mining in retrenchments disputes with the National Union of Mineworkers. Ludwig Frahm-Arp is a prominent name with an excellent record in litigation and advocacy. Leading pensions specialist Rosemary Hunter is 'dedicated', 'frank, yet sensitive and diplomatic' and 'is able to read the room and the team dynamics'.

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Mining
Mining - ranked: tier 2

FASKEN

FASKEN's global emphasis on the mining sector has enabled the Johannesburg team to work on an increasing number of cross-border deals. It is noted for its community expertise, increasing regulatory skills, eminent record in the platinum sector and its growing coal sector standing. A team led by communities expert Lucas Moalusi advised Mapela Traditional Community on its recent settlement agreement with Anglo American Platinum. Stimela Mokoena is making an impression in mining M&A.

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 1

FASKEN

FASKEN handled a significant market share of projects under Round 4 of South Africa's renewable energy programme, impressing with its advice to the lenders on the portfolio financing of five wind energy projects, producing a total of 700MW of electricity; this is thought to be the largest single renewable energy financing in Africa. The team, which is slightly more weighted towards lender-roles, is now increasingly active outside of South Africa and is one of the largest dedicated project finance teams in the market with Ashen Jugoo, Lara Bezuidenhoudt and Blaize Vance earning frequent praise.

Leading individuals

Ashen Jugoo - FASKEN

Lara Bezuidenhoudt  - FASKEN

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

FASKEN

FASKEN operates a small but busy practice with a solid record in the renewables, mining, pharmaceutical and agribusiness sectors. It remains active in mergers, exchange control, and customs and tariffs work. Conor McFadden leads the team, which is 'very practical, efficient and technically strong'.

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