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Werksmans Attorneys
South Africa
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Work Department

Investment Funds &Private Equity and Tax


Director at Werksmans Attorneys 


Director Doelie Lessing has over 20 years’ experience in tax law, advising in the Tax and Investment Funds & Private Equity practice areas. She is deeply experienced in tax considerations as relates to mergers; corporate reorganisations; funding and financial services; local and foreign investment fund and deal structuring; and multi-jurisdictional investments and structures. She is particularly skilled in matters relating to high-net-worth and multinational families and their businesses; private equity; international trust and estate planning; and cross-border and local executive share incentive arrangements. Doelie is frequently named in global publications as a top-ranked tax lawyer.




Member of the International Tax Planning Association and the South African Institute of Tax Practitioners


B Com: Stellenbosch University (1991)
LLB: Stellenbosch University (1993)
M Com (Tax) (cum laude): Stellenbosch University (1999)

Lawyer Rankings

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.

South Africa > Investment funds

The investment funds and private equity team at Werksmans Attorneys is chaired by Shayne Krige  from Cape Town. Investors and managers in South Africa and across the continent are within the group’s client roster, and private equity, hedge funds and pensions funds are all active areas for the practice. Robert Driman  in Cape Town holds expertise in financial services and regulation and Doelie Lessing  in Stellenbosch is an expert in tax law. Hilah Laskov was promoted to director in March 2021. Krige is connected to the EU market, having spent over a decade practicing in Paris.