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ENSafrica

150 WEST STREET, SANDTON, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
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Work +27 11 269 7600
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Web:
www.ENSafrica.com
Accra, Alexandra, Cape Town, Dar es Salaam, Durban, Johannesburg and 9 more

South Africa

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

ENSafrica

ENSafrica is increasingly handling more non-bank institutional lending transactions and debt restructuring matters; it advised Edcon on its headline debt restructuring, valued at more than R20bn. The firm’s Cape Town office has excellent bank and alternative lender relationships and close ties to numerous borrowers. The South Africa team is growing its presence across the continent, particularly through its development finance institution (DFI) client base. The highly respected Sean Lederman and Roger Rudolph lead the practice, which includes debt capital markets (DCM), structured finance and preference shares expert Hermann Wessels.

Leading individuals

Sean Lederman - ENSafrica

Next generation lawyers

Craig Saven - ENSafrica

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

ENSafrica

ENSafrica regularly handles inbound and outbound transactions. It advised Anheuser-Busch InBev on the corporate, competition and regulatory aspects of its $107bn acquisition of SABMiller. The β€˜high-calibre’ team, which is always β€˜focused on the deal’, includes Michael Katz, Ian Hayes, Doron Joffe and Koos Pretorius. Gary Felthun is a β€˜fantastic’ bridge between commercial and legal issues.

Leading individuals

Ian Hayes - ENSafrica

Michael Katz - ENSafrica

Next generation lawyers

Monique Maree - ENSafrica

Raashmi Govender - ENSafrica

Sanushka Chetty - ENSafrica

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Competition
Competition - ranked: tier 1

ENSafrica

ENSafrica provides β€˜a top-notch’ service, β€˜quick turnaround times’ and is β€˜competent in business and economic matters’. Jocelyn Katz heads the department following Lee Mendelsohn’s appointment as chief operating officer. The firm is at the forefront of major mergers, complaints and inquiries, and has developed its pan-African practice. It has also dealt with several competition matters linked to business rescue situations. Senior economist Lizel Blignaut, Justin Balkin, Mark Garden, the β€˜commercial’ Derushka Chetty, who provides β€˜sage advice’, and Natalia Lopes are recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Wade Graaff - ENSafrica

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

ENSafrica

β€˜One of the best in South Africa’, the β€˜professional’ employer-based practice at ENSafrica is also a growing presence in jurisdictions such as Mozambique, Mauritius, Rwanda, Tanzania and Ghana. Key contacts include oil and gas expert Loren Tibshraeny, contentious specialist Armando Aguiar, who is β€˜on the up’. Nikita Lalla joined Dentons in 2017.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

ENSafrica

ENSafrica has strong constitutional and administrative law expertise, and has also seen an uptick in large arbitrations and class actions. The team is β€˜always just a phone call away’, providing β€˜a wide range of expertise’. The firm acts for an impressive mix of large listed and unlisted clients, high-net-worth individuals and SOEs. β€˜Very accomplished litigator’ John Zieff, Sue Hayes, Armando Aguiar and β€˜top litigator’ George van Niekerk are recommended.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

ENSafrica

The β€˜very professional, highly skilled and knowledgeable’ ENSafrica is β€˜exceptional in its trial preparation work’. The team now handles matters right across Africa and is noted for its strength in transactions, retrenchments and discrimination as well as sexual harassment cases. Mining – where Peter le Roux and Lizle Louw stand out – and telecoms are sector strengths. Fritz Malan, who has β€˜excellent advocacy and cross-examination skills’, is recommended along with directors Brian Patterson, Stuart Harrison, Ross Alcock and Dion Masher.

Leading individuals

Brian Patterson - ENSafrica

Stuart Harrison - ENSafrica

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

ENSafrica

ENSafrica’s β€˜effective and knowledgeable’ team delivers β€˜an excellent service’ and β€˜is extremely efficient in handling disputes’. Waldo Steyn has taken over in commercial matters and transactions following commercial specialist Chris Bull’s move to the UK. The firm remains highly respected in trade marks – where prosecution expert Ilse du Plessis is recommended – and patents. It is fast developing its IP practice across Africa and handles an increasing portfolio of prosecutions. Gaelyn Scott leads the team, which includes patents experts Joanne van Harmelen and Rowan Forster.

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 2

ENSafrica

The β€˜excellent’ ENSafrica is noted for its β€˜great advice, turnaround times and experience’. The firm regularly advises on the transition of hedge funds into collective investment schemes and frequently assists financial institutions with their investments into private equity funds. Johan Loubser has β€˜deep sector knowledge’ and is effective in β€˜mediating with investors’.

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Mining
Mining - ranked: tier 1

ENSafrica

ENSafrica is praised for its β€˜business and industry knowledge’ as well as for its β€˜strength in depth’, ensuring that work is β€˜done at the right levels’. Goldfields and South32 are key clients. Otsile Matlou has β€˜in-depth industry knowledge and business acumen’ and β€˜understands the politico-legal landscape’. Transactions specialist Ian Hayes is β€˜fabulous’. The firm’s β€˜β€œgo-to” team for health and safety matters’ includes Willem le Roux and Pieter Colyn, who are β€˜dynamic’ and have β€˜excellent knowledge of the mining industry’; le Roux is noted for his experience in silicosis litigation.

Leading individuals

Ian Hayes - ENSafrica

Next generation lawyers

Gerhardt Ehlers - ENSafrica

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 1

ENSafrica

ENSafrica has a fast-developing sub-Saharan practice, with a range of projects in jurisdictions such as Rwanda, Namibia, Zambia, Kenya and Mozambique. The firm is recognised more for advising borrowers and sponsors, though Lauren Petersen is noted for lender-side roles in projects outside of South Africa. Eric le Grange is hugely experienced and John Ferraz has an excellent record in ports and rail.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

ENSafrica

ENSafrica is building its profile in African real estate developments, notably advising Zwelabantu Dube on the development of the Blythedale Coastal Resort in South Africa. The firm is increasingly active in real estate developments across sub-Saharan Africa. Andrew Bembridge and Fritz Schulz are recommended.

Leading individuals

Andrew Bembridge - ENSafrica

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Shipping and transport
Shipping and transport - ranked: tier 2

ENSafrica

ENSafrica has a strong shipping practice and wider transport expertise. It acts for ship operators and owners, P&I Clubs, and hull and machinery insurers; P&A Associates is a client. It also has a market-leading aviation finance practice, with Sean Lederman the key contact. Tony Norton, Kate Pitman and Michael Tucker form a highly regarded senior shipping team; they are β€˜extremely reliable and practical’ and have β€˜unsurpassed knowledge’, according to one client.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

ENSafrica

ENSafrica’s β€˜strong’ team stands out for the volume of disputes it handles and is also noted for its breadth of expertise. It has a particularly solid record in transfer pricing litigation. The practice provides β€˜excellent response times’, β€˜industry knowledge’ and β€˜concise as well as practical advice’. Peter Dachs has β€˜excellent technical skills’, delivers β€˜innovative solutions’ and β€˜communicates them effectively’. Beric Croome, Bernard du Plessis and Robert Gad are also recommended. Gerhard Badenhorst left the firm.

Leading individuals

Peter Dachs - ENSafrica

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