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Werksmans Attorneys, Chris Stevens, Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA

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Chris Stevens

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Werksmans Attorneys

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Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions, Land Reform Restitution & Tenure, Mining, Environmental & Resources


Chris Stevens is a partner with Werksmans Attorneys and is head of the Mining practice area. He was previously at Tabacks where he led the firm's mining and natural resources law department. He advises on all aspects of mining law in South Africa, including in relation to commercial arrangements, conveyancing, litigation, opinion work, black economic empowerment laws and due diligence aspects. He advises many of the South African major mining houses on these aspects, as well as medium size mining companies and junior exploration companies. He further advises numerous American, UK, Canadian and Australian mining companies with interests in South Africa and acts for numerous black empowerment companies in relation to mining transactions. He has also been involved in numerous transactions for South African mining entities in sub-Saharan Africa. He has also been integrally involved in advising numerous mining companies on various aspects of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 28 of 2002, as well as the amendments to that legislation.


Chris is named in the 2019 edition of Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business for his expertise in Energy & Natural Resources (Mining), listed as a Band 1 lawyer. He is recognised as a leading lawyer in The International Who’s Who of Mining Lawyers 2014 and The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers 2014 and is named in Best Lawyers 2013 as the Johannesburg Mining Law "Lawyer of the Year". He is also named as a recommended lawyer in Mining by The Legal500 (2013 – 2016 and 2018) and ranked as a "highly regarded" practitioner for Energy & Infrastructure and Project Development in IFLR1000 (2018 & 2019). Chris co-lectured the LLB course at the University of the Witwatersrand on prospecting and mining law (1998–2007). He lectures at the same university to mining and engineering students on compliance aspects and annually lectures at the University of Pretoria for MSc geology students in a compliance course. He sat on the mining law committee of the International Bar Association (2002 – 2006).


Chris holds a BCom and LLB degree from the University of Witwatersrand and has been practising mining law since 1987. He was admitted as a notary public in 1990.

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Chris Stevens - Werksmans Attorneys

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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.

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