Firm Profile > ENSafrica > Cape Town, South Africa
1 NORTH WHARF SQUARE
LOOP STREET, FORESHORE
ENSafrica > The Legal 500 Rankings
Banking and finance Tier 1
ENSafrica is at the forefront of domestic deals and is widely praised for its abilities in cross-border financings across sub-Saharan Africa. Clients range from development finance institutions (DFIs), to local and international banks, and big corporates. Sean Lederman has an outstanding reputation, as does Roger Rudolph in Cape Town, a leader in preference share funding arrangements, and key figure Hermann Wessels. Clinton van Loggerenberg is also highly rated for debt capital markets (DCM) and structured products. Craig Saven provides further English law cross-border financing expertise and Bradley Harber is rated for project finance.
‘The team’s cross-jurisdictional reach is a really big bonus and very few law firms are comparable in this regard.‘
‘The team has been exceptional in terms of overall understanding of our requirements on each project.‘
ENSafrica has a significant market share of domestic and cross-border M&A deals, including transactions involving one or more other African jurisdictions. It is also a growing force in private equity deals. Michael Katz, Doron Joffe, Ian Hayes, Koos Pretorius and Julius Oosthuizen are all highly rated.
Competition Tier 1
ENSafrica is a longstanding leader in the field, having a significant market share of merger reviews, sector inquiries and prohibited practice engagements. Jocelyn Katz is highly regarded in the market, while Justin Balkin and Mark Garden are also rated. Derushka Chetty, Natalia Lopes and economist Lizél Blignaut are also key names. Senior associate Aziza Mdee is also noted.
‘The team has a practical and solution oriented approach. It takes a pragmatic approach based on depth of experience and knowledge of the sector.‘
‘The competition law team comprises some very highly skilled lawyers and leaders in their field of practice.‘
‘They have good business acumen, are able to offer a breadth of advice and opinion across general commercial matters. They are approachable, great to work with and have good relationships with competition regulatory authorities.‘
Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium
Employment Tier 1
ENSafrica's sizeable team continues to be a key name in the domestic market and is making a further impression in Africa-wide matters. It acts for a range of big-name and blue-chip clients that it routinely advises on sensitive issues, including strikes, retrenchment exercises and union negotiations. Brian Patterson, Ross Alcock and Stuart Harrison are among the foremost practitioners in the market, while Dion Masher, Fritz Malan and Peter le Roux are also highly rated. Lizle Louw joined Webber Wentzel.
‘Their advice is practical and not pure legalistic. The team is available after hours and on short notice.‘
‘Always delivers on time and in full, never disappoints, a true trusted adviser that is always available 24/7.‘
‘Brian Patterson and the broader employment team are best in class, always looking to provide a value add service over and above the instruction given.‘
‘Stuart Harrison is extremely knowledgeable and his ability to dissect labour matters and present sound arguments on issues are highly valued. Stuart acts as a sounding board that helps build the capacity of the team. Stuart’s ability to analyse risks and mitigate the potential risks proactively has been of tremendous value.‘
‘Peter Le Roux is extremely competent, available any hour of the day or night, has the ability to highlight potential challenges and knows the mining industry inside and out.‘
City of Johannesburg
South African Airways
Mining Tier 1
ENSafrica covers the full spectrum of mining-related work with continued prominence in mining law, regulatory, employment and M&A engagements. The firm is also considered the leader in mine and occupational health and safety. Mining M&A expert Ian Hayes and mining law specialist Otsile Matlou are highly rated. Lloyd Christie provides further environmental and mining law expertise, while Pieter Colyn and consultant Willem le Roux are leaders in health and safety.
‘The ENS mining team gives prompt, practical advice that you can rely on.’
‘The team is extremely professional, dynamic and efficient in their conduct.‘
‘Their experience in the dynamics and the mechanisms of the mining industry gives them the edge on others.‘
‘Lloyd Christie responds to queries promptly and with enthusiasm, giving thorough and practical advice. I have not experienced this level and quality of service from any other firm in 20 years.’
Exxaro Coal Central
Norilsk Nickel Africa
Black Royalty Minerals
Siyanda Bakgatla Platinum Mine
Glencore Operations South Africa
Projects and infrastructure Tier 1
ENSafrica is a major player in South Africa renewable energy projects, along with greenfield mining, gas-to-power, captive power and infrastructure projects. The strong team is also active in sub-Saharan Africa, thanks in part to the firm's increasing geographic presence across the continent. Eric le Grange is a recognised leader in the field, who frequently works alongside project development and front-end construction specialist Loren Tibshraeny. John Ferraz and Sasha Singh are also key team members.
‘A large project finance legal team with all of the required skills, expertise and track record to address large and complex power and infrastructure projects.‘
‘The team has a deep knowledge of the energy market and notably of the solar industry and are highly skilled to guide the client in a complex market and legal system.‘
‘They are very friendly, approachable and responsive to client requests.‘
‘Sasha Singh is an outstanding lawyer and the right guy to bring a project across the finish line. He has a great pragmatic attitude and is a partner both to in-house legal and to the business itself.‘
Uganda National Oil Company
Mainstream Renewable Power
African Rainbow Energy & Power
Enel Green Power
Tax Tier 1
ENSafrica is a longstanding leader in tax, particularly in the transfer pricing and international tax sphere. It has developed a fine record in corporate restructurings and financial product-related tax advice. Highly rated international tax specialist Peter Dachs heads the department. Robert Gad is another top practitioner, while Andries Myburgh and Mansoor Parker are growing in prominence.
‘Commercial, pragmatic, responsive and commercial. They get into the detail but get the bigger picture.‘
‘There are no weak links and they offer a seamless and effective service at all levels. They resource the transaction effectively pulling in the necessary experts. The excellence is unrivalled.‘
‘Peter Dachs has a good grasp of the financial industry on top of his pure tax expertise. His experience with SARS has brought very valuable insights.‘
‘Peter Dachs is far ahead of his competitors.’
‘Peter Dachs is excellent at understanding commercial objectives and finding solutions to tax problems that fit these commercial objectives. He is an excellent partner to brainstorm with.’
Standard Bank of South Africa
Construction Tier 2
ENSafrica has seen an uptick in front-end employer and lender engagements, particularly in the mining sector. It is also highly rated in disputes, including some of the biggest in the market. Armando Aguiar is a highly rated construction disputes practitioner and advocate. Adriaan Hoeben is also rated for construction disputes, while Loren Tibshraeny is a top front-end and EPC specialist lawyer. Rob Scott has joined from Clyde & Co LLP, bringing additional experience in insurance-related construction disputes.
‘The construction team is very professional and skilled in construction projects and infrastructure project finance. The team is very pragmatic and solution-orientated, that sets it apart from competitors.‘
‘Loren Tibshraeny stands out as a phenomenal lawyer and an excellent resource for the power and infrastructure project finance industry. He is very responsive and assists his clients without question.‘
Old Mutual Specialised Finance
Utopia Power Company
Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappij Voor
Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa
Dispute resolution Tier 2
ENSafrica's further growth in dispute resolution has centred on financial services and insurance cases, following the recent hire of Aslam Moosajee. The firm is at the forefront of class actions, including listeriosis claims. Constitutional and administrative law cases are another forte, notably with John Zieff to the fore. Sue Hayes and George van Niekerk lead the team, which includes Julia Ferraz-Cardoso and Deon Lambert. Armando Aguiar is an outstanding dispute resolution lawyer and advocate, while James Haydock is also rated.
‘ENSafrica has an established practice with a strong reputation for excellent work. We feel we are in safe hands. The team members are always available to assist and are extremely proactive.’
‘Julia Ferraz-Cardoso is excellent, fair, approachable and has a rounded personality.’
‘Sue Hayes is a very competent litigator.’
‘James Haydock is extremely knowledgeable and professional in everything he does. He is very proactive and well organised.‘
Industrial Development Corporation
Intellectual property Tier 2
ENSafrica has outstanding credentials in commercial IP and has made significant progress in Africa-wide engagements. The team, which is now in excess of 50 professionals, advises a range of blue-chip corporates, including those in the financial services, media and pharmaceutical sectors. Gaelyn Scott leads the team, which includes Ilse du Plessis, Rowan Forster and Waldo Steyn.
‘The team has good coverage of trade mark and general IP issues not only for South Africa, but throughout continental Africa as well.‘
‘Gaelyn Scott is a very experienced trade mark expert who can advise on matters ranging from prosecution and transactional work to more contentious enforcement matters. She is tenacious in her pursuit of a win for clients.‘
Real estate Tier 2
ENSafrica has a highly reputed practice that advises a range of financial institutions, listed property funds, private equity houses and family offices. Recent instructions centre on the restructuring of portfolios, the acquisition of interests in game reserves and big-ticket land disputes. Johannesburg-based Andrew Bembridge and Len Vorster work alongside Fritz Schulz in Cape Town.
Shipping and transport Tier 2
ENSafrica has a sizeable share of major shipping cases, thanks in part to the presence of strong teams in Cape Town and Durban. Marine insurance, casualty and cargo arrest matters are fortes for the firm, which is also noted for aviation finance thanks to the presence of senior banking lawyer Sean Lederman. Tony Norton, Michael Tucker and Kate Pitman are at the forefront of the maritime industry. The team is especially noted for its links to P&I clubs, ship operators, and hull and machinery insurers. Senior associate Jacqui Kaufmann is also noted.
‘Tony Norton’s legal expertise is unquestionably brilliant, his industry experience is quite unique and that experience has clearly been passed down to the other team members.‘
Mediterranean Shipping Company
CMA CGM Group
Investment funds Tier 3
ENSafrica's core funds team is backed by a leading tax practice, enabling it to gain a sizeable piece of the limited partner market and develop inroads into the general partner segment. The firm is noted for registered funds and its sizeable Cape Town office provides further links to the asset management and financial services community. Johan Loubser is the key name.
‘The team has the correct mix of attributes, including technical knowledge and skill, an ability to source specialist knowledge from colleagues, to understand our business and our products, and is able to communicate sometimes highly technical issues to business people.‘
‘I have found the quality and depth of the team to be exceptional.‘
‘Johan Loubser has a mountain of knowledge and gives a thorough evaluation of every problem. Johan knows when to draw on the expertise of other specialists.’
‘I believe Johan Loubser’s knowledge and experience in financial services law, his ability to be pragmatic and have a business minded approach, make him stand out.‘
ENSafrica > Firm Profile
Excellence and Novel Solutions
With over 600 specialist practitioners, ENSafrica has the capacity to deliver on the business requirements of entrepreneurs and corporates across industries and the African continent. We are able to leverage our resources to deliver legal solutions that suit our clients’ pricing preferences and timeframes.
ENSafrica is recognised by top ranking agencies for achieving consistently high standards when working with clients on the continent.
Our focus is on finding innovative solutions to ensure our clients achieve their commercial goals, whether it be successfully executing a strategy or defending their position. Our aim is to deliver in the manner that best suits our clients’ risk profile, working preferences and pricing structures.
We advise businesses directly or work closely with a client’s in-house legal team to ensure that the end goal is achieved in the manner that best suits the assignment. Depending on what makes most sense for a particular project, clients also have the choice of making use of external Counsel or ENSafrica’s own internal senior practitioners, whether it be for opinions or court appearances.
In instances where an in-depth analysis of information is necessary, ENSafrica has artificial intelligence (AI) tools. This ensures greater efficiency, quick turnaround times, reduced costs and accurate results when needed for purposes of corporate governance and information protection, due diligence, e-discovery, data analytics and/or market understanding.
With more than 200 years’ experience, ENSafrica’s significant expertise extends across the breadth of commercial areas and covers the African continent.
We harness our deep specialist expertise across the areas of practice which are relevant to the project to provide clients with to-the-point, jargon-free advice and tailor-made solutions.
Work is done at the correct level to reduce unnecessary costs, and our clients have the flexibility to choose the working arrangement that is best for their business model. This may be through a single point of contact, or in having their own small, dedicated team of practitioners who are specialists in an particular field, or their choice of selected individuals across various disciplines.
ENSafrica’s legal and tax capability is further augmented by teams with specific focus areas, such as Africa regulatory and business intelligence, Asia-Africa trade, Forensics and the structuring of investment through Mauritius. This enables all aspects of a project, transaction, venture or investment to be considered and optimised within the African business context.
ENSafrica also offers clients access to knowledge, fresh insights, and regulatory and legislation updates using various platforms to provide strategic information, topical training and alerts on relevant developments in a particular area, location and across the continent to support our clients’ ways of doing business and to empower them in their decision-making.
African context and coverage
Over many years, ENSafrica has developed a large knowledge base of African resources and a deep understanding of the local ways of doing business across the continent. We have practical experience working on the ground in most African jurisdictions and access to high-end, professional contacts across the continent, to ensure consistent quality and timeous delivery.
We operate independently, which allows us to offer advice which is solely informed by what is in our clients’ best interests, as opposed to what may suit, or be prescribed by, or limited by, a particular legal network or affiliation.
Where appropriate, ENSafrica uses a managed approach to ensure deliverables are accurately scoped and quality is consistent. In so doing, critical issues are addressed by leveraging our local market know-how and cultural grip, and advice is reviewed by the relevant country and industry experts who can add value.
To support entrepreneurs and corporates wherever they choose to do business in Africa, we have practitioners who practise English law and French law, and we have extensive experience in the legal codes of OHADA used in West and Central Africa. We are also able to transact in a variety of foreign languages such as Cantonese, Mandarin and Portuguese.