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Werksmans Attorneys
South Africa
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Tax and Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE)


Ernest Mazansky is a director of Werksmans (Pty) Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Werksmans Inc, and heads the firm’s Tax practice group. He specialises in corporate tax planning; restructuring of corporate entities; share incentive schemes;dispute resolution/tax controversy; offshore structures & financing; exchange control; VAT; estate planning; and wills & trusts (local and international).


Ernest joined Werksmans in 2002 to head up its newly formed Tax practice group. He is highly recommended as a tax lawyer in the World Tax 2014 rankings and named as a leading specialist in international, tax and trusts & estates by Best Lawyers International. He is also ranked as a leading lawyer in tax by Chambers Global “The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business” and in corporate tax by the International Who’s Who Legal. Ernest is further named as a leading lawyer in the 2014 edition of the IFLR1000/Petroleum Economist Energy & Infrastructure Guide. He is the South African correspondent of the Bulletin for International Taxation published by the IBFD and a co-author of the chapter on trusts in Silke on International Tax. He is also the author of the South African chapter of The Delicate Balance – Tax Discretion and the Rule of Law, published by the IBFD.


Ernest is past chairman of the Taxation Committee of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants; Chairman of the Institute’s Exchange Control Committee; South African correspondent for the Bulletin for International Taxation, published by the IBFD; and is a member of the Institute’s Exchange Control Committee.


Ernest completed BCom and BAcc degrees and a Higher Diploma in Tax Law at the University of the Witwatersrand. He is also a registered CA (SA).

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Ernest MazanskyWerksmans Attorneys

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.