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Werksmans Attorneys
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Director, Head of International Tax 


Director Michael Honiball is the firm’s Head of International Tax. He was previously a Partner at Webber Wentzel, where he was Head of International Tax for the South Africa firm. Prior to this, Michael was a Director of KMPG South Africa where he headed up first the International Tax Department, then the Transfer Pricing Department. Michael is an attorney and conveyancer of the High Court of South Africa and also a Professor of Taxation at the University of Johannesburg, where he lectures in international tax law and transfer pricing. He is also a practising solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales. A SAIT Master Tax Practitioner (2005 to present), he is regularly recognised for excellence in his field and has co-authored a number of key publications.


Michael is an admitted attorney and conveyancer of the High Court of South Africa and a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales. Furthermore, Michael is a member of the Executive of the International Fiscal Association (SA Branch), a Master Tax Practitioner (SAIT), a member of the Law Society of England and Wales, and an Academician of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law (TIAETL).


  • LLM (Tax Law) (Rand Afrikaans University)
  • LLB (Stellenbosch University)
  • BA (Stellenbosch University)
  • TEP of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners
  • Corporate Law Diploma (cum laude) (Rand Afrikaans University)
  • Higher Diploma in Tax Law (Rand Afrikaans University)

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South Africa > Tax

Chartered accountant Ernest Mazansky  leads the tax department at Werksmans Attorneys. The practice advises large corporates and high-net-worth individuals and families on mandates both within South Africa and internationally. The tax aspects of commercial dealings, private equity, black economic empowerment transactions and restructurings, as well as tax-related disputes, are all within the team’s strong capabilities. Michael Honiball is head of the firm’s international tax group and Doelie Lessing is notable in the tax and investment funds and private equity arena.