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Werksmans Attorneys

LEVEL 1, NO.5 SILO SQUARE,, V&A WATERFRONT, CAPE TOWN 8001, SOUTH AFRICA
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Work +27 21 405 5100
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www.werksmans.com
Cape Town, Johannesburg

South Africa

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Werksmans Attorneys

Werksmans Attorneys has a firmly established practice with a lengthy record in acquisition and leveraged finance, structured finance and DCM, project finance and syndicated lending. Restructurings and refinancings are key growth areas; a team led by Elliott Wood advised Blue Label Telecoms as a new shareholder in Cell C as part of the latter's headline restructuring. Danny Andropoulos has cemented the firm's connection to Standard Bank with he and the firm advising the bank on a series of major financings and refinancings. Paul Tindle is another key name an advised Real People on a capital restructure transaction. Richard Roothman is outstanding in structured finance.

Leading individuals

Richard Roothman - Werksmans Attorneys

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Werksmans Attorneys

Werksmans Attorneys continues to impress in listed-company M&A and JSE listings, cross-border deals, and insolvency and restructuring work. The team is 'very solution driven and focused on the end product', 'incredibly knowledgeable and pleasant to work with' and provides 'great turnaround times'. It advised Datatec on the disposal of its Westcon-Comstor business in the Americas and 10% of Westcon International to SynnexCorp. It remains strong in mining and resources and assisted Samancor with its acquisition of the business and assets of Hernic Ferrochrome (in business rescue). David Gewer and Kevin Trudgeon are big name dealmakers, and Danny Andropoulos and Gerhard Johannes are also highly rated. Senior associate Derek Alexander is recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Derek Alexander - Werksmans Attorneys

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Competition
Competition - ranked: tier 2

Werksmans Attorneys

Werksmans Attorneys continues to impress in mergers, competition litigation, market inquiries and cartel cases. It has an especially strong record in TMT and represented Media24 in a landmark abuse of dominance case, with the Competition Appeal Court ruling in the client's favour in March 2018. The 'client-centric' team is praised for its 'responsiveness, professional capabilities and adaptability'. The highly-reputed Paul Coetser heads the team, which includes Ahmore Burger-Smidt, Paul Cleland, Pieter Steyn and Rudolph Raath.

Leading individuals

Paul Coetser - Werksmans Attorneys

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

Werksmans Attorneys

Werksmans Attorneys remains prominent in construction disputes with Jason Smit to the fore. He led the team that represented Life Healthcare Group in claims against the professional team and the contractor concerning the alleged negligent demolition of a load-bearing wall at the Flora Clinic facility. Des Williams is also a leader in construction arbitration and Deon Griessel is an experienced construction documentation expert.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Werksmans Attorneys

Werksmans Attorneys's¬†team 'works seamlessly', 'communicates better and has a better understanding of matters than others', according to one client. The firm¬†is a giant of the dispute resolution scene, leading the market in range of segments including administrative and regulatory disputes, telecoms litigation and international arbitration. It acted for South African Reserve Bank in review proceedings against the Public Protector concerning alleged failure to recover misappropriated funds. David Hertz is 'first choice‚Äô, ‚Äėa straight shooter‚Äô, 'the top commercial disputes lawyer in the country' and 'knows how to manage a team'.¬†Des Williams¬†is a leader in international arbitration and¬†Corlett Manaka¬†is recommended for administrative and constitutional law cases. Darren Willans is 'impeccable, unflappable and a clear leader in this space'.

Leading individuals

David Hertz - Werksmans Attorneys

Des Williams - Werksmans Attorneys

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Werksmans Attorneys

Werksmans Attorneys has taken further market share with growth in equal pay litigation, redundancies and retrenchments. The pharmaceutical industry is a growth sector, while it maintains a strong standing in parastatal work thanks to the presence of Sandile July and others. It represented Adcock Ingram Healthcare and Adcock Ingram Critical Care in several equal pay for equal work disputes. Cape Town-based Jacques van Wyk is also recommended.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Werksmans Attorneys

Werksmans Attorneys acts for an impressive range of South African clients operating across a wide number of industries, including insurance and financial services, media, telecoms and sports. Janine Hollesen leads the practice, which includes Donvay Wegierski, who heads the foreign IP practice. The team acted for Omega Pharma in interdict proceedings against the use and registration of the 3CP mark.

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 3

Werksmans Attorneys

Werksmans Attorneys has notable strength acting for regulated and unregulated South African funds and offshore funds. The firm has an impressive institutional investor and asset manager client base with Shayne Krige an experienced figure in the investment funds space. He led the team that advised Barak Fund Management, an offshore fund platform, on drafting amendments to fund documentation, assisting with derivative contracts and setting up new funds. Senior associate Hilah Laskov is a key team member.

Next generation lawyers

Hilah Laskov - Werksmans Attorneys

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Mining
Mining - ranked: tier 2

Werksmans Attorneys

Werksmans Attorneys has continued to cement its already formidable regulatory position, thanks to the presence of mining law leader Chris Stevens. The team has built closer connections to the Anglo Group, including Anglo Coal and Anglo Platinum; South32, Golfields and Glencore are also key clients. It is a leader in mining M&A too and advised Samancor Chrome on its acquisition of Hernic Ferrochrome Mine.

Leading individuals

Chris Stevens - Werksmans Attorneys

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 2

Werksmans Attorneys

Werksmans Attorneys is recognised for its recent record in infrastructure projects, including toll roads. In this regard, Chris Moraitis has an excellent reputation. The team advised South Africa National Roads Agency on the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project and a number of other projects in South Africa and across the continent. Conventional power and renewables projects are also strengths of the practice. David Walker, Astrid Berman, Jonathan Behr and Deon Griessel are other names to note.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Werksmans Attorneys

Werksmans Attorneys recruited Fátima Rodrigues from Fluxmans to head the Johannesburg team and provide additional commercial and development expertise. The wider department is 'commercial' and has extensive experience in large brownfield and mixed-use developments. It assisted Tsogo Sun Holdings with Tsogo and Hospitality Property Fund's acquisition of casino precinct properties owned by the Tsogo Group; this was one of the largest restructuring and property disposals ever concluded in South Africa. Hendrik Kotze in Cape Town is another key name.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Werksmans Attorneys

Werksmans Attorneys has two seasoned professionals in 'very astute tax adviser' Ernest Mazansky and international tax expert Michael Honiball, who 'dominates the private client space'. The team has been active in a series of major tax disputes and investigations. Other work includes advising Heriot Properties on altering its tax structure in advance of it being listed as a REIT. Doelie Lessing is recommended for funds work.

Leading individuals

Ernest Mazansky - Werksmans Attorneys

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