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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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www.ENSafrica.com
Accra, Alexandra, Cape Town, Dar es Salaam, Durban, Johannesburg and 8 more

South Africa

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

ENSafrica

ENSafrica has a broad practice across its Johannesburg and Cape Town offices. It has tremendous connections to major banks, non-bank institutional lenders, and has impressed in major corporate restructurings. The team is β€˜professional and cost effective’ and β€˜a pleasure to work with’. Using a Chinese Wall the team advised enX and its lenders on the industrial energy group’s reverse takeover of Eqstra, which involved substantial internal corporate and debt restructuring, and spanned several African jurisdictions. Sean Lederman is a market leader, as is Roger Rudolph who has extensive financial institutional connections in Cape Town. Hermann Wessels is recommended for preference shares and Clinton van Loggerenberg is recommended for derivatives and structured finance.

Leading individuals

Sean Lederman - ENSafrica

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

ENSafrica

With credibility across Africa, ENSafrica is praised for its β€˜extensive and in-depth knowledge’, β€˜pragmatic and wide-ranging skills’ and β€˜interactive and consultative approach’. The team advised Barclays Africa Group on its separation from Barclays, and also assisted Vodacom Group on the acquisition of an 88% share in Vodafone Kenya from Vodafone Group. The practice also advised Vodacom Tanzania on its listing on the Dar es Salaam stock exchange. Michael Katz β€˜has decades of experience and skill developed at the highest level’, while β€˜very good lawyer’ Ian Hayes, Doron Joffe and Koos Pretorius are also leaders. Gary Felthun is also recommended and Lydia Shadrach-Razzino is a β€˜rising star’ that β€˜gets deals done’.

Leading individuals

Ian Hayes - ENSafrica

Michael Katz - ENSafrica

Next generation lawyers

Monique Maree - ENSafrica

Raashmi Govender - ENSafrica

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Competition
Competition - ranked: tier 1

ENSafrica

ENSafrica has a sizeable team covering major mergers, complaints and inquiries with considerable aplomb. It is praised for its β€˜technical knowledge’, β€˜strategic thinking’ and β€˜project management skills’. Mark Garden led the team that advised Edcon on its financial restructuring, which involved merger clearances in six African jurisdictions. It also acted for PG Group in a dawn raid by the Competition Commission. Jocelyn Katz heads the team, which includes Derushka Chetty and Natalia Lopes, who are β€˜out of the top drawer’ and praised for β€˜going above and beyond the call of duty’. Justin Balkin and economist Lizel Blignaut are also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Rutendo Hlatshwayo - ENSafrica

Wade Graaff - ENSafrica

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

ENSafrica

ENSafrica is close to a range of employers, lenders and large sub-contractors and is making inroads into sub-Saharan Africa projects. Loren Tibshraeny led the construction team that advised Anglo American on the coal and water supply agreements for the Khanyisa Power Plant. Armando Aguiar remains one of the top contentious specialists in the jurisdiction. Nikita Lalla has joined Dentons.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

ENSafrica

ENSafrica has excelled in public law and class actions. The firm is recognised for its mining sector work, including silicosis claims, and has a fine record in pension fund class actions and transfer pricing disputes. The team is β€˜friendly’, β€˜commercial’ and β€˜accurate’. John Zieff is a leader in administrative and constitutional law; Sue Hayes is β€˜a smart operator’ in mining sector cases; George van Niekerk is recommended for financial services regulatory matters; construction disputes specialist Armando Aguiar has β€˜excellent business acumen and industry knowledge’; Douglas Molepo is praised for litigation strategy; and Julia Ferraz-Cardoso is β€˜very competent’, β€˜pragmatic’ and a β€˜straight shooter’.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

ENSafrica

ENSafrica is noted for its Africa-wide expertise and record in retrenchment exercises, redundancies and strikes. The team was reinforced by the arrival of Joe Mothibi and St Elmo Wilken from Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc and Tabacks respectively. The firm represented Anglo American Platinum in 13 dismissal disputes. Brian Patterson, Stuart Harrison and Fritz Malan are outstanding names, along with Ross Alcock, Dion Masher, Peter le Roux and Lizle Louw; the latter β€˜understands the mining industry and union engagements’.

Leading individuals

Brian Patterson - ENSafrica

Stuart Harrison - ENSafrica

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

ENSafrica

ENSafrica continues to grow its core business of trade mark prosecution and litigation, while further building its name in patents, commercial IP rights and transactional IP. It is fast developing its corporate client base by cross-selling to existing clients of the firm and to new standalone clients. The firm outlined its cross-border capabilities by advising Tiger Brands on the strategic protection, maintenance and enforcement of its sizeable multi-jurisdictional trade market portfolio and other brand assets. The team is β€˜outstanding and a leader in its field’, β€˜professional’, β€˜committed’, β€˜a go-to firm in South Africa for any IP work’ and delivers β€˜a one-stop shop for filing in several African jurisdictions’. Patent leader Rowan Forster is β€˜strategic and a leader in his field’ and fellow patent specialist Joanne van Harmelen provides a β€˜top level service’ and is praised for her understanding of the biotechnology industry. Gaelyn Scott leads the department and Waldo Steyn is recommended for commercial IP matters.

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 2

ENSafrica

ENSafrica has an impressive asset manager and institutional investor client base and is β€˜strong in the regulated environment’ with β€˜excellent industry knowledge’. It is recommended for hedge funds and collective investment schemes. Energy, infrastructure and real estate funds are growth areas. Johan Loubser has β€˜excellent industry knowledge and an ability to understand business issues’ and Roger Rudolph has extensive client relationships.

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Mining
Mining - ranked: tier 1

ENSafrica

ENSafrica provides a full-service offering to the mining industry. It is β€˜the best’, according to one client. From mining and prospecting rights to health and safety and M&A, the firm is deeply committed to natural resources. Key clients include Gold Fields and BHP Billiton. The practice advised Sibanye Gold on its acquisition of Stillwater Mining, the deal being structured as a US merger combined with an international rights offer. Otsile Matlou is a mining law authority, Willem le Roux is a leader in mine and occupational health and safety, Ian Hayes has a long record in mining M&A, and the β€˜very practical’ Lloyd Christie is noted for regulatory and environmental matters. Pieter Colyn is another key contact.

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 maintained a solid flow of big-ticket and smaller-scale engagements in South Africa and beyond. The team is noted for its borrower expertise, though it is gaining traction with lenders. For example, it advised a syndicate of development finance institution (DFI) lenders on the financing of an underground crude oil storage and blending facility in South Africa. Eric le Grange is β€˜solid’ and β€˜pays particular attention to clients’, Loren Tibshraeny brings additional engineering and EPC expertise and John Ferraz is another key name.

Leading individuals

Eric le Grange - ENSafrica

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

ENSafrica

ENSafrica has a broad-based development and acquisitions and disposals practice in South Africa and beyond. It advised multiple land owners on the establishment of the Lapalala Nature Reserve, located in the Limpopo Province. Andrew Bembridge has an outstanding record in acquisitions and developments. Fritz Schulz and Len Vorster are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Andrew Bembridge - ENSafrica

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Shipping and transport
Shipping and transport - ranked: tier 2

ENSafrica

ENSafrica excels in casualty work and dry cargo arrest work, driven in large part by its excellent connections to P&I clubs and London-based law firms. Other clients include Grindrod and Evergreen Line. The group represented the owners and bareboat charterers of MV Julian in connection with its collision with the quayside and bulk loading appliance in Durban harbour. The team is β€˜top class’, β€˜value for money’ and β€˜universally liked and acknowledged in the industry’. Tony Norton provides β€˜outside of the box thinking’ and β€˜spot on advice’; Kate Pitman is β€˜first class’ and provides β€˜exceptional trial work’; and Michael Tucker is β€˜meticulous’ and β€˜able to translate legal jargon into commercial industry speak’. Aircraft finance is another key strength of the practice, with Sean Lederman having an outstanding record in this field.

Leading individuals

Tony Norton - ENSafrica

Next generation lawyers

Jacqui Kaufmann - ENSafrica

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

ENSafrica

ENSafrica has a giant and versatile team, covering key areas of speciality across the tax spectrum, and is singled out for its transfer pricing expertise. The β€˜exceptional’ department is β€˜very thorough, knowledgeable and detailed’ and β€˜proactive’, having an ability to identify specific risks to an individual client. It advised BMW South Africa on the tax implications of the migration of BMW AG’s sub-Sahara business to BMW SA. Peter Dachs, Bernard du Plessis, Robert Gad and Beric Croome are all recommended.

Leading individuals

Peter Dachs - ENSafrica

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