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Werksmans Attorneys
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South Africa > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Werksmans Attorneys‘ ‘amazingly experienced‘ disputes team is ‘highly commended in cross-border litigation‘, and continues to handle a high volume of complex commercial disputes. Practice head Corlett Manaka ‘has vast litigation experience and knowledge‘, and is well versed in representing clients in aviation and commercial litigation, while Jennifer Smit advises on contentious construction matters, property disputes and prominent local and international arbitrations. Darren Willans specialises in pension fund litigation and insurance disputes. Rael Gootkin, who focuses on banking litigation, contentious insolvency matters and shareholder disputes, has ‘a formidable energy that takes no prisoners‘. Faith Sikhavhakhavha is ‘a seasoned litigator who always remains calm under pressure‘. David Hertz, Sarah Passmoor and Koketso Rapoo are key names to note.

Practice head(s):

Corlett Manaka


‘Werksmans’ team is an insurance ticket. As a client I have peace of mind, knowing that the relevant expertise is at hand and that this will be dispatched with speed and efficiency.’

‘Rael Gootkin’s experience and intuition are highly regarded by his team whom he rallies effectively. He does not pander to unnecessary detail, but is concise and focused when the situation demands it.’

‘Werksmans partners with each client and delivers highly specialised attention, focused solutions, and the best possible outcome. The firm also adopts a multi-disciplinary approach that leverages the insights and experiences of different practice areas and sectors to provide holistic and innovative solutions.’

Jennifer Smit has extensive knowledge and experience in the construction and engineering sector, as well as the ability to handle complex and high-profile matters with professionalism and efficiency. She is also adept at finding innovative and practical solutions to resolve disputes in the most favourable way for her clients.’

‘Werksmans has a diverse and dynamic team of legal practitioners.’

‘They are forward thinking and extremely knowledgeable, and exceptional in coming up with appropriate solutions to address the problems at hand.’

‘Their management of disputes is good.’

‘The team has a wide range of services and is essentially a one stop shop for its clients. There is cross referral amongst partners ensuring clients are directed correctly and in the best manner.’

Key clients

Netcare Hospitals Proprietary Limited

Life Healthcare Group Proprietary Limited

The Hospital Association of South Africa

Medscheme Holding Proprietary Limited

Trans Caledon Tunnel Authority

Digital Industries

Trustees of the Atose and Monica Aguele Trust and Hentiq 1647 Proprietary Limited

Gold Fields Operations Limited

Gauteng Provincial Government

Mozambique Leaf Tobacco Limitada (“MLT”)

Gibela Rail Transport Consortium

Mobile Telephone Networks (Pty) Ltd (“MTN”)

The Government of the Republic of South Africa

Public Investment Corporation (PIC)

Financial Intelligence Centre

South African Reserve Bank (SARB)

National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS)

South African Roads Agency (SANRAL)

Work highlights

  • Representing the Trans Caledon Tunnel Authority in a dispute concerning the execution of an arbitration award arising from a supply agreement between Fraser Solar and the Kingdom of Lesotho.
  • Representing the Gauteng Provisional Government in an insurance dispute with Zurich Insurance Company South Africa, in relation to alleged defective design and subsequent damage sustained to a part of the Gautrain tunnel.
  • Defending the SARB, PA and the FIC against an equality court application launched by the Sekunjalo Group of Companies, AYO technologies and the founder, Dr Iqbal Survé, involving alleged unfair and racial discrimination, arising from the unilateral termination of banking contracts by commercial banks, towards its customers.

South Africa > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

With experience in handling prominent transactions, M&A, corporate finance and complex takeovers, Kevin Trudgeon heads Werksmans Attorneys‘ practice. The ‘very solution-orientated‘ team has an excellent track record in handling a wide spectrum of corporate transactions, including restructurings and hostile bids. The client base includes insurance, mining, banking, telecoms and retail sector companies. Stephan Lochner handles BEE transactions, and banking and finance expert Elliott Wood advises on private equity matters and corporate restructurings. Wesley Vos is singled out for his contributions. Roelof Bonnet joined the department in February 2023.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Trudgeon


‘Focused on timely execution. Professional and skillful in negotiating, and comfortable working to very tight deadlines.’

‘Kevin Trudgeon and Stephan Lochner both manage projects well and are very proactive in seeking solutions while at the same time achieving the desired outcomes. Appreciated the wise counsel received from Kevin Trudgeon.’

‘Integrity, experienced and dedicated.’

Key clients

Anglo American Inyosi Coal Proprietary Limited

Thungela Operations Proprietary Limited

Vivo Energy Investments B.V.

Investec Limited

Investec Property Proprietary Limited

Novomatic Namibia Gaming Proprietary Limited

Lenmed Health Proprietary Limited

Trident Steel Africa Proprietary Limited

Steinhoff International Holdings N.V.

Capital Appreciation Limited

Sasfin Holdings Limited

Dometic Sweden AB / Cadac International

Madden International

Liberty Two Degrees Limited

Shoprite Checkers Proprietary Limited

Viking Fishing Group Administration Proprietary Limited; and Odin Investments Proprietary Limited

The Atose and Monica Aguele Trust; Hentiq 1647 Proprietary Limited

Steinhoff International Holdings N.V.

Work highlights

  • Advised Vivo Energy Investments B.V. on the acquisition of Petronas Marketing International SDN.BHD’s 74% stake in Engen, including the acquisition of the stake in Engen held by Phembani and Phembani’s reinvestment into Engen.
  • Advised Capital Appreciation Limited on its acquisition of Dariel Solutions Proprietary Limited.

South Africa > Competition Tier 2

Paul Coetser heads up the competition practice at Werksmans Attorneys, which is well known for assisting prominent domestic and international clients with the competition law aspects of M&A deals, competition litigation, and abuse of dominance claims. Rudolph Raath is a key name for carte; cases, while Ahmore Burger-Smidt calls upon significant regulatory expertise to advise telecoms, IT and e-commerce clients on compliance work, as well as merger approvals. Nyiko Mathebula is active on prohibited practices matters. In 2023 Petra Krusche retired, and Nkonzo Hlatshwayo and Phuti Mashalane joined the department.

Practice head(s):

Paul Coetser

Key clients

American Towers Corporation

Astron Energy Proprietary Limited

Audatex Proprietary Limited

Bidvest Group Limited

Capital Appreciation Limited

Capitec Bank Limited

Cardtronics PLC

Choppies Enterprises


Credit Suisse Group AG

Department of Trade, Industry and Competition

Distell Limited (now Heineken South Africa (RF) Proprietary Limited)

Glencore International AG

Imisebe Printing and Publishing Proprietary Limited

Investec Limited

Isuzu Motors Limited

Kansai Paint

Karan Beef Proprietary Limited

Lenmed Health

Macsteel Global S.A.R.L. BV

Mobile Telephone Networks Proprietary Limited (MTN South Africa) and MTN Group Limited


Naspers Group and its subsidiaries (including Media24)

Nedbank Limited

PG Bison Proprietary Limited

PriceCheck Proprietary Limited

Samancor Chrome Limited

Samsung Electronics South Africa Proprietary Limited

Shoprite Checkers Proprietary Limited

Sibanye Stillwater

SuperSport International Proprietary Limited

Telkom SA SOC Limited

Thebe Investment Corporation Proprietary Limited

Thungela Operations Proprietary Limited

Toyota Financial Services South Africa Limited


Vitol Holding SA

Vivo Energy Limited

Volvo Financial Services LLC

Vox Venture B.V.

Waco Africa

Work highlights

  • Advising Vitol Group on the merger approval processes for its acquisition of a 75% stake of Engen Limited across five African jurisdictions.
  • Representing Waco Africa before the Competition Tribunal in ongoing proceedings concerning the dismissal of cartel charges brought against the client.
  • Acted for SuperSport International in defending the client’s contractual arrangements with Lagardère Sports, within the context of an antitrust investigation.

South Africa > Employment Tier 2

At Werksmans Attorneys, the ‘very thorough‘ labour and employment team stands out for its strength in assisting prominent domestic and multinational clients with restructuring pension funds, employment contracts and collective bargaining issues, alongside advising on the implementation of employment policies. Practice head Sandile July is a specialist in litigation and labour law, and Jacques van Wyk advises on executive terminations, corporate restructurings and the employment aspects of M&A transactions. Bradley Workman-Davies acts on pension cases, and Andre Van Heerden advises on restraints of trade issues, dismissals claims and employment-related dispute resolution. Nonkosazana Nkosi is singled out for her contributions to the practice group.

Practice head(s):

Sandile July


‘The team lead by Bradley Workman-Davies is collaborative and supportive. His support team is diverse and informed. ’

‘Bradley Workman-Davies is dynamic, informed and his turn around time is incomparable. He is a pillar of support for our business. ’

Key clients

Department of Home Affairs

South African Civil Aviation Authority

South African Broadcasting Corporation (SOC) Ltd

Air Traffic and Navigation Services SOC Limited

Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa

Department of Small Business Enterprises

Small Enterprise Finance Agency (SOC) Limited

Mobile Telephone Networks (Pty) Ltd

Exxaro Resources Limited

Medshield Medical Scheme

African Exploration Mining and Finance Corporation (SOC) Ltd

Bidvest Commercial Products (Pty) Ltd

National Finance Housing Corporation (SOC) Ltd

Risima Housing Finance Corporation (SOC) Limited

Aberdare Cables (Pty) Ltd

Basil Read Holdings Limited

Property Practitioners Regulatory Authority

Housing Development Agency

SizweNtsalubaGobodo Grant Thornton Inc.

Professor Mamokhethi Phakeng (Tenth Vice-Chancellor: University of Cape Town)

Dense Media Separation Powders (PTY) Limited

Lounics International

Nihilent Technologies Limited

Insurance Sector Education and Training Authority (INSETA)

Media Development and Diversity Agency

South African Forum of Civil Engineering Contractors

Reagetswe Mining Group

Statistics South Africa

South African Football Association

Department of Correctional Services

Construction Education and Training Authority

The Services Sector Education and Training Authority

Astron Energy (Pty) Ltd

Geberit Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd

Coaxle Pty Ltd

TI Fluids PLC

Steinhoff Africa Holdings (Pty) Ltd

Total Energies Marketing South Africa (Pty) Ltd

Royal Canin South Africa / MARS group

Tronox Limited

Ascendis Pharmaceuticals

Discovery Limited

Genpact Limited

Family Health International 360

IQVIA / RDS Clindepharm

Japan External Trade Organisation

Steyn City Properties

Solenta Aviation

South Africa > Projects and infrastructure Tier 2

Werksmans Attorneys‘ projects and infrastructure practice houses ‘a well rounded team with extensive expertise‘. IPP and PPP procurement projects have been prominent in the group’s workload, and the department has a solid track record in handling infrastructure projects across the water, mining, energy, defence, road and rail sectors. Practice head Chris Moraitis has experience in advising on infrastructure project matters and public-private partnerships, and leverages his expertise in banking to assist with project and limited resource financing matters. Astrid Berman advises on all areas of infrastructure projects. Jonathan Behr‘s expertise spans private IPP projects, project development matters and energy-focused financing transactions.

Practice head(s):

Chris Moraitis

Other key lawyers:


‘The team mixes tremendous experience, pragmatism, commercialism and legal expertise. They’re also time conscious which is very important.’

Chris Moraitis and Jonathan Behr are especially impressive.’

‘The team covers all aspects of project finance; they can undertake work on behalf of sponsors, offtakers and lenders. All the lawyers are extremely experienced and helpful, and they are able to identify and resolve issues to ensure that transactions succeed.’

‘Chris Moraitis is able to navigate issues to ensure the success of the transactions.’

Astrid Berman is very knowledgeable on finance issues and able to break issues down to ensure understanding and an easy resolution.’

Key clients

Korea Electric Power Corporation

Vulindlela holdings

Marubeni Corporation

Nedbank Limited

African Renewable Energy Developments (ACED)

Old Mutual Life Assurance Company (South Africa) Limited

Public Investment Corporation


Standard Bank

South African National Roads Agency

Thungela Resources Limited


WBHO Construction (Pty) Ltd

EDF Renewables

Rand Merchant Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised Old Mutual and ACED on a 30MW solar PV project, with corporate power purchase agreements with a large mining house.
  • Advised ACED and Old Mutual equity investment in the 69MW Msenge Wind renewable energy facility to supply energy under a PPA to Sasol South Africa Limited.
  • Acted for the AIIM consortium, made up of African Infrastructure Investment Managers, through its renewable energy project development and delivery platform, African Clean Energy Developers and Reatile Renewables, in the successful financial closing of the 89MW Castle Wind Farm project, which will deliver power to Sibanye-Stillwater.

South Africa > Tax Tier 2

With an excellent track record in advising corporates and high-net-worth individuals and families on international tax planning, Michael Honiball heads Werksmans Attorneys‘ tax practice. Key pillars of strength for the department include assisting with the tax aspects of business rescue, private equity, inbound and outbound investments and estate planning, and members are often instructed in tax litigation. Ernest Mazansky is a highly regarded practitioner in the space, with expertise encompassing corporate tax planning, exchange control, restructurings and share incentive schemes. Doelie Lessing has a strong reputation in tax matters in relation to cross-border share incentive arrangements and multi-jurisdictional investments.

Practice head(s):

Michael Honiball

Other key lawyers:


‘Ernest Mazansky: without a doubt, a leader in the tax world when it comes to high-value transactions, mergers, acquisitions etc. Immense experience and in-depth knowledge. ’

Key clients

Shoprite Holdings Ltd

Paycorp Investments Ltd

IPIC Properties

Outdoor Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd

Caracol Holdings (Pty) Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Shoprite Holdings Ltd on tax matters relating to a complex ESOP arrangement.
  • Advised Paycorp Investments Ltd on the tax aspects of the exit of a private equity investor and introduction of new investors, as well as international restructuring issues.

South Africa > Banking and finance Tier 3

Elliott Wood heads Werksmans Attorneys’ banking and finance practice, which is well known for representing major financial institutions, domestic and international banks and clients drawn from a range of sectors, including agriculture, commodities, retail and healthcare, in high-value debt refinancings, asset finance matters, acquisition and leveraged finance mandates, and project and limited recourse finance work. Richard Roothman ‘has vast experience and a depth of expertise in all areas of banking and finance‘, and Laura Alexander acts for lenders and borrowers in preference shared transactions and corporate debt restructurings. The department was bolstered by the arrival of Jenni Darling in March 2023.

Practice head(s):

Elliott Wood


‘Depth of expertise and pragmatic approach.’

‘Richard Roothman is unassuming and easy to work with.’

‘Jenni Darling and all of her team take the time to understand our business, the objectives of the transaction and work with us to find the most effective and efficient way of achieving those objectives. Jenni has developed an excellent understanding of our needs and she always strives to meet or exceed those needs.’

Jenni is an exceptionally knowledgeable and talented lawyer, yet she is never shy to seek guidance from or refer to colleagues on the rare occasion when an issue is outside her expertise. Her fees are always fair and reasonable while the quality of work is exceptional and the service delivery is remarkable.’

‘This is an extremely well-rounded practice in that not only will you get legal advice of the highest quality, but the commercial acumen of the team means that this advice is complemented by an approach that is grounded in what will work best for you and your company.’

‘Full commercial approach to each deal with great legal knowledge.’

‘Truly understands us as clients and the objectives we need to reach.’

‘The words that comes to mind are style, class and determination.’

Key clients

The Standard Bank of South Africa Limited

Steinhoff International Holdings N.V.

Thelo Rolling Stock Leasing Proprietary Limited

Tennant Metals South Africa Proprietary Limited

Investec Property Fund

Afgri Group Holdings

Redink Rentals

Pallidus Capital

Vantage Capital Group (Pty) Ltd

Rand Merchant Bank

Public Investment Corporation SOC Limited

Transaction Capital Limited

Nutun Proprietary Limited

SA Taxi Holdings Proprietary Limited

Trident Steel Africa Proprietary Limited

Wasteplan Holdings Proprietary Limited

Nedbank Limited

MetroFibre Networx Proprietary Limited

Investec Bank Limited

The South African Reserve Bank

Work highlights

  • Acted as South African counsel to Steinhoff in relation to the structuring and implementation of its equity reorganisation, and the extension of the maturity of its Group Services Debt, via a WHOA procedure.  
  • Advised Rand Merchant Bank on the ZAR12 billion syndicated term loan facility provided to Multichoice Group as funding for its business growth.
  • Advised MetroFibre Networx on all aspects of a R5bn financing used to expand the client’s business in South Africa.

South Africa > Intellectual property Tier 3

Werksmans Attorneys’ team of ‘consummate professionals‘ works in tandem with the firm’s wider litigation and commercial departments, and is well known for advising on domain name disputes, cross-border transactions, IP portfolio management and the protection of IP rights. Practice head Janine Hollesen specialises in IP law; Donvay Wegierski leads the department’s foreign trade mark division. Dannielle Fiff and Monique le Roux are also praised for their contributions.

Practice head(s):

Janine Hollesen; Donvay Wegierski

Other key lawyers:


‘The intellectual property team is of the highest possible calibre! Not only are they diverse but they work as a collective and ensure your needs as a client are always met by going above and beyond.’

Very authentic professionals.’

‘Janine Hollesen and Donvay Wegierski have a wealth of knowledge. They are both powerhouses who consistently deliver. They have always been meticulous when providing opinions and advice and even just day to day assistance. It is always a pleasure working with them and their team members because you know you receive quality work on time (if not before agreed deadlines) and from a team that are not only professional but just great people.’

Key clients

Monster Energy Company

Petredec Holdings Pte. Ltd

Acorn Holdings Proprietary Limited

Shoprite Checkers Proprietary Limited

Beijing Automobile Group Co. Ltd.

Pioneer Foods and Ceres Fruit Juices (“Pioneer”)

Various South African wineries including Boschkloof Wines, Du Toitskloof Wines Klein Constantia Winery (Pty) Limited; Tokara Winery; Groot Constantia

Les Grands Chais De France SAS

Iwayini Company (Pty) Limited

Energy Beverages

Reign Beverage Company

Garmin Switzerland GMBH (“Garmin”)

Swartland Winery

Quantum Foods Proprietary Limited

Various divisions of Pepkor and associated companies

Clover S.A Proprietary Limited

Spier Wines

Ceres Fruit Juices (Pty) Limited (merged with Pepsico Inc)

South African Rugby Union

Pick n Pay (Pty) Limited

Karsten Boerdery

Hungry Lion

Professional Provident Society (PPS)

Santam Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisting Petredec Holdings Pte. Ltd with its global IP portfolio.
  • Assisted the firm’s commercial team with conducting an IP due diligence exercise in various jurisdictions for Vivo Energy Investments B.V.
  • Assisted Acorn Holdings with its global IP portfolio.

South Africa > Investment funds Tier 3

Werksmans Attorneys’ investment funds team, headed by Shayne Krige, is well versed in advising on a broad spectrum of investment funds work, including private equity and hedge fund mandates, as well as their interactions with the pensions industry. The department has particular strength in acting for investors, and has a solid track record in assisting with contentious matters. Robert Driman advises on the regulatory aspects of investment funds, and Doelie Lessing handles tax-related issues. Hilah Laskov and Mbongiseni Hlongwana have key roles in the team.

Practice head(s):

Shayne Krige


Highly commercial and practical advice. The team is responsive and demonstrates strong technical knowledge.’

Shayne Krige has a wealth of knowledge and expertise.’

Key clients

Stonewood Holdings Limited (Mauritius, Guernsey)

Barak Fund Management Limited (Cayman Islands, South Africa)

Botswana Public Officers Pension Fund (Botswana)

Standard Bank (South Africa)

Citadel (South Africa)

CNBB Venture Partners (Netherlands)

Cosnova Beauty GmbH (Germany)

Havaic Holdings (South Africa)

Arx Pangaia (Netherlands, Switzerland, South Africa)

Ngewdi Investment Managers (South Africa)

Prescient (South Africa)

King Price Insurance (South Africa)

Mergon (Isle of Man)

Sana Partners Private Equity (South Africa)

Kapela Investments Holdings Proprietary Limited (South Africa)

First National Bank a division of FirstRand Bank Limited (South Africa)

King & Wood Mallesons LLP

Simple. Capital Partners Limited

Vrystaat Munisipale Pensioenfonds

M Campbell Consulting Proprietary Limited

Cape Projects Structured Development and Investment Proprietary Limited

Flash Mobile Vending Proprietary Limited

Public Investment Corporation

Strebis Proprietary Limited (South Africa)

Transnet Retirement Fund

Tongaat Hulett Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising the Public Investment Corporation on preparing standard investment management agreements for the appointment of domestic and foreign external investment managers.
  • Acted for the curator of the Vrystaat Munisipale Pensioenfonds (Fund) and the Fund itself in complex litigation arising from an investigation by the Financial Sector Conduct Authority, concerning alleged financial and operational irregularities occurring at the fund.

South Africa > Mining Tier 3

At Werksmans Attorneys, the mining practice has been kept busy advising on transactions, disposals, dispute resolution and environmental matters. Department head Chris Stevens has established strength in advising on mining title registrations and transactional work. Kyra South assists local and international mining companies with a broad range of matters. Natalie Scott is also a key practitioner to note.

Practice head(s):

Chris Stevens

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Anglo American

Thungela Resources

Seriti Power




Petra Diamonds


Nkwe Platinum

Sebilo Resources

Samancor Manganese

Ndalamo Resources

Into Africa


Bauba Platinum

Work highlights

  • Advised Thungela Operations Proprietary Limited on two disposals of portions of its coal collieries to third parties.
  • Represented Goldfields in litigation against Sibanye in relation to the closure of the Cooke 4 shaft next to the South Deep Mine.

South Africa > Real estate Tier 3

At Werksmans Attorneys, high-value property transactions have been prominent in the team’s recent workload. The property and real estate department is well-known for representing private and individual property developers, REITs, investors and banks in commercial property transactions and development mandates, as well as acting for clients in the hotel and leisure and retail sectors. Fátima Rodrigues‘ practice includes property finance, acquisitions and disposals; she co-leads the group with Johan Lubbe, who assists with the registration of mortgage bonds and transfers of property ownership, among other areas. Khathu Neluheni is also singled out for her contributions.

Practice head(s):

Johan Lubbe; Fátima Rodrigues

Other key lawyers:


‘Highly skilled and good communication.’

‘Johan Lubbe is very knowledgeable.’

‘Very good understanding of our business and efficient processes to address all requests in a timely manner.’

‘Special credits to Khathu Neluheni who has been a great business partner to work with.’

South Africa > Construction Tier 4

Jennifer Smit heads Werksmans Attorneys‘ construction and engineering practice, which draws upon the expertise of the firm’s mining and infrastructure and energy groups to assist contractors, sub-contractors and employers with contentious construction matters. Deon Griessel and Boitumelo Rammala are names to note.

Practice head(s):

Jennifer Smit

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Bidvest TMS Industrial Services


Digital Industries (Pty) Ltd

DB Thermal / SPX Group

Efficient Engineering

Hirt & Carter

Isipani Construction (Pty) Ltd

Oza Group of Companies (in particular CEMZA)

Pro-Serve Consulting (Pty) Ltd


Rigamani (Pty) Ltd

Standard Bank

Station House (Pty) Ltd


V & A Waterfront

Worley South Africa

Twelve GP1 Proprietary Limited, acting as General Partner of Twelve B Green Energy Fund I,

Work highlights

  • Advised Oral First (SPV) Ltd UK as employer on an agreement based on the FIDIC Yellow Book.
  • Represented Digital Industries Pty Ltd in litigation brought against the client by Rwandan entity SPLK, concerning engineering equipment supplied for a methane gas-to-power plant project.
  • Advised BAIC SA on issues concerning an engineering, procurement and construction contract with Beijing Industrial Designing and Research Institute for a motor vehicle factory.

The firm: Established in the early 1900s, Werksmans Attorneys is a leading South African corporate and commercial law firm, serving multinationals, listed companies, financial institutions, entrepreneurs and government.

Operating in Gauteng and the Western Cape, the firm is connected to an extensive African legal alliance through LEX Africa. LEX Africa was established in 1993 as the first and largest African legal alliance and offers huge potential for Werksmans’ clients seeking to do business on the continent by providing a gateway to Africa.

Areas of practice: With a formidable track record in mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance, and commercial litigation and dispute resolution, Werksmans is distinguished by the people, clients and work that it attracts and retains. Werksmans’ more than 200 lawyers are a powerful team of independent-minded individuals who share a common service ethos. The firm’s success is built on a solid foundation of insightful and innovative deal structuring and legal advice, a keen ability to understand business and economic imperatives and a strong focus on achieving the best legal outcome for clients.

Go to www.werksmans.com for more information.

Department Name Email Telephone
Head of Banking & Finance Richard Roothman rroothman@werksmans.com +27 11 535 8115
Head of Insolvency, Business Rescue and Restructuring Eric Levenstein elevenstein@werksmans.com +27 11 535 8237
Head of Competition Paul Coetser pcoetser@werksmans.com +27 11 535 8290
Head of Labour & Employment Anastasia Vatalidis avatalidis@werksmans.com +27 11 535 8472
Head of Business Crimes & Investigations Bernard Hotz bhotz@werksmans.com +27 11 535 8106
Head of Healthcare & Life Sciences Neil Kirby nkirby@werksmans.com +27 11 535 8198
Head of Investment Funds & Private Equity Shayne Krige skrige@werksmans.com +27 21 405 5161
Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution Corlett Manaka cmanaka@werksmans.com +27 11 535 8145
Chairman David Hertz dhertz@werksmans.com +27 11 535 8283
Head of Commercial Kevin Trudgeon ktrudgeon@werksmans.com +27 11 535 8169
Head of Corporate M&A Gerhard Johannes gjohannes@werksmans.com +27 11 535 8107
Head of Mining, Environmental & Resources Chris Stevens cstevens@werksmans.com +27 11 535 8467
Head of Property & Real Estate (Johannesburg) Fatima Rodrigues frodrigues@werksmans.com +27 11 535 8318
Head of Property & Real Estate (Western Cape) Hendrik Kotze hkotze@werksmans.com +27 21 910 9018
Head of Tax Ernest Mazansky emazansky@werksmans.com +27 11 535 8448
Head of Arbitration Des Williams dwilliams@werksmans.com +27 11 535 8234
Head of Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Pieter Steyn psteyn@werksmans.com +27 11 535 8296
Head of Data Privacy Ahmore Burger-Smidt aburgersmidt@werksmans.com +27 11 535 8462
Head of Infrastructure, Energy & Projects Chris Moraitis cmoraitis@werksmans.com +27 11 535 8271
Head of Intellectual Property Janine Hollesen jhollesen@werksmans.com +27 21 809 6011
Head of Land Reform Restitution & Tenure Bulelwa Mabasa bmabasa@werksmans.com +27 11 535 8309
Head of Media, Communications & Technology Wendy Rosenberg wrosenberg@werksmans.com +27 11 535 8195
Head of Pro Bono Harold Jacobs hjacobs@werksmans.com +27 11 535 8182
Chief Executive Officer Jeremy Botha jbotha@werksmans.com +27 11 535 8262
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Jennifer Smit photo Ms Jennifer Smit Admitted in 2005 with well over fourteen years experience in general commercial…
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TESTIMONIAL: “Excellent. The partners are very engaged and they don’t waste time and money on unnecessary processes and drafting.

TESTIMONIAL: Their work ethic is phenomenal, they have an eye for detail and their work is marked by excellence.

TESTIMONIAL: This is just a short note to tell you about the positive experience that I had with the team from Werksmans that worked on the Liquid deal with MTN.

It was a long road with many obstacles and some hair raising issues that needed to be resolved. Suffice to say that I sincerely appreciate the efforts of the Werksmans team that worked on this.

You could throw just about anything at them and they would come through for MTN. That says a lot about the team, the work ethic, knowledge, experience and just good common sense that they exhibited. So to the team a major thank you from me and to you (David, Chairman, Werksmans) as well that create the environment where they want to do this for a client.

May 2019 bring about a few more occasions for such teamwork.

David Hertz, Chairman, Werksmans Attorneys

Managing partner David Hertz explains how Werksmans Attorneys is adapting to clients' changing needs

What do you see as the main points that differentiate Werksmans Attorneys from your competitors?

Our strategy and market differentiators remain:
1) Independence
2) Size
3) LEX Africa (our networks)
4) Specialist work
5) Relationships on all levels with clients and staff – our people remain our greatest asset.

Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

The three practice groups that Werksmans envisages growing over the next 12 months are:

  1. Corporate and debt restructuring;
  2. Tax; and
  3. Business crimes and Investigations.

The negative economic position within South Africa is likely to persist, at least in the short term. As more and more corporates are placed under pressure, there will be an escalating need to restructure their businesses and address their mounting debt.

With the slowdown in economic growth the fiscus is making more aggressive demands for payment of tax and that area of Werksmans’ practice, which has experienced exponential growth, envisages that the growth will continue. We are also advising an increasing number of high net-worth individuals in relation to the structuring of their personal affairs and corporates, their business affairs which is contributing to this growth.

With the endemic corruption that has plagued the country and the desire to eradicate it, there has been an ever increasing demand for the services offered by our Business Crimes and Investigations practice group.

What’s the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients?

The most recent viable metric is our key client programme. This focused programme extends across the firm and provides us with the ideal platform to regularly engage with clients in order to facilitate measured improvement and client growth.

As is set out above, Werksmans’ size is regarded as one of its key differentiating metrics. A quality service is delivered by a focused team of individuals who are the leaders in their chosen fields.

Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?

Yes, we look inside-out for (revenue) growth e.g. operational efficiencies and growing talent organically.  Our focus remains being able to offer clients cost effectiveness and predictability based on continuous service delivery improvements and adoption of new technologies.  Having the constant dialogue with our clients ensures we keep our services relevant to their business agendas and immediate business needs.

For our staff, we constantly keep looking for ways to re-engineer certain processes to help lawyers become more efficient and technically astute.  We also encourage our lawyers to maintain and grow their levels of digital knowledge so that we continue to thrive in the future digital world.

Werksmans is in the process of adopting AI technology which will enable us to enhance the cost effective nature of the services we provide.

Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?

By building relationships with our clients we gain an understanding at the coalface as it were as to their business imperatives and are therefore able to partner with them in addressing their requirements as opposed to merely being a service provider.

Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three years’ time?

As the first demographically representative major South African legal firm. Werksmans has lead the way in identifying trends within the market and as a thought leader is in a position to guide clients’ as opposed to react to their needs.