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Fasken

INANDA GREENS, BUILDING 2, 54 WIERDA ROAD WEST, SANDTON, JOHANNESBURG 2196, SOUTH AFRICA
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Work +27 11 586 6000
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Fax +27 11 586 6014
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www.fasken.com/en/officeshub/johannesburg

South Africa

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Fasken

Fasken has transformed itself from a largely lender-oriented practice to one that now regularly advises sponsors and borrowers. Corporate finance, restructurings, structured trade and commodity finance, and preference share financings are key features of a practice which is β€˜value for money’, β€˜pays attention to detail’ and is solution driven. The team continued to advise the lenders on a portfolio financing to fund five renewable energy projects in South Africa, one of the first such structures in the jurisdiction. Ashen Jugoo is β€˜clever’, β€˜meticulous’ with a β€˜good temperament’ and Lara Bezuidenhoudt is hugely experienced. Simone Bryson was made partner in 2017.

Next generation lawyers

Katy-Lynne Kay - Fasken

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

Fasken

Fasken further expanded the team with the hire of Michael Teubes from the now defunct Prinsloo, Tindle & Andropoulos Inc, bringing additional expertise in the financial services (including insurance) and energy sectors. The firm continues to be a big player in mining transactions and has experienced growth in private equity and life sciences deals. The firm advised Impala Platinum on its $450m convertible bond issuance in 2017. Dimitri Cavvadas, David Hoffe and Tanneke Heersche are key partners.

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Competition
Competition - ranked: tier 3

Fasken

Fasken continues to impress in cartel and collusion cases. The group defended ArcelorMittal in a number of cases, including alleged abuse of dominance and cartel matters, which were resolved through an overarching settlement agreement with the Competition Commission. Stephen Langbridge heads the team which includes new partner Neil Mackenzie.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

Fasken

Fasken is recommended for contentious matters, frequently acting for big contractors such as Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Africa and Alstom S&E Africa. The firm is also prominent in front-end renewable energy construction work. Simon Pratt is β€˜cost effective’ and β€˜pragmatic’ in contentious matters, while Tania Siciliano and Nic Roodt are also highly regarded.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Fasken

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Fasken has a strong focus on construction and administrative law cases, including those involving the review of government tenders. It has experienced growth in energy sector disputes and cases linked to the new mining charter. In construction disputes, the practice acts for a number of major contractors. The team is β€˜highly professional’, β€˜knowledgeable’ and β€˜delivers an excellent service’. Eric van den Berg is recommended for media disputes and Tania Siciliano has a β€˜depth of experience and knowledge of the law’. Nic Roodt, Simon Pratt and Rakhee Bhoora are also highly regarded.

Next generation lawyers

Bianca Da Costa - Fasken

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Fasken

Fasken hired pensions specialist Rosemary Hunter, the former deputy registrar of pension funds at the Financial Services Board, to further expand its offering, which also includes health and safety, employee benefits and mainstream labour law. The group has upped its focus on the public sector and pharmaceuticals industry, while remaining strong in the automotive, construction and financial services sectors. It advised SPX DB Thermal on a strike and incidents of misconduct at the Kusile Power Station construction site. Paul Fouche provides a β€˜personalised service’ and understands his clients’ industries. Ludwig Frahm-Arp β€˜has great business acumen’, β€˜a depth of experience’ and delivers β€˜a high quality work product’. Melanie Hart is recommended for boardroom disputes.

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Mining
Mining - ranked: tier 2

Fasken

Fasken has a mix of corporate and community governance expertise that has enabled it to advise mining houses on political risk and regulatory instability issues. It has experienced growth in platinum sector M&A, restructurings and refinancings, and advises a range of large and small mining houses in sub-Saharan Africa. The team represented Eastern Platinum on its proposed sale of Crocodile River Mine to HZT. Lucas Moalusi is recommended for community governance, while Tanneke Heersche has tremendous mining sector credentials. Nicola Jackson has joined Sibanye-Stillwater.

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 1

Fasken

Fasken has a β€˜very solid team’ that β€˜gets top mandates and has a loyal client following’. It has been at the forefront of energy and infrastructure projects for decades and the team is now increasingly active in projects outside of South Africa. It continues to be engaged in financings linked to South Africa’s renewable energy programme and advised ACWA Power as a bidder for the development of a 300MW Khanyisa discard-coal project, as part of the first round of the country’s coal baseload independent power producer (IPP) procurement programme. Lara Bezuidenhoudt, Ashen Jugoo and Blaize Vance are highly reputed.

Leading individuals

Lara Bezuidenhoudt - Fasken

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

Fasken

Fasken has a solid record in cross-border transactions, transfer pricing and disputes with SARS. In capital markets, the tax team also advised on the convertible bond issuance by Impala Platinum. It has also seen an increase in private equity fund formation tax structuring and in tax matters in the insurance industry. Conor McFadden leads the team.

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