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ENSafrica
THE MARC, TOWER 1
129 RIVONIA ROAD
SANDTON
2196
South Africa

South Africa > Banking and finance Tier 1

ENSafrica  has ‘unrivalled depth and breadth of banking and finance expertise across a high number of African markets’ and is especially notable in cross-border mandates with English and French qualified law practitioners at executive level. Its offering ranges from derivatives and asset finance to aviation finance and capital markets. International financial institutions and blue chip companies are included in its clients roster. The team is also supported by the firm’s regulatory finance team advising on mandates in the fintech and cryptocurrency space. Roger Rudolph  leads the group from Cape Town, and Johannesburg-based Sean Lederman is a reputable banking and finance lawyer in the asset and leveraged finance space. Also in the Johannesburg office, Anina Boshoff, the previous head of the finance practice at Hogan Lovells (South Africa), has bolstered the group’s mining, media and infrastructure practice since joining in 2019.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘ENS are the leading South African firm and my go-to for any South African law matters. They have a wide network of offices and partnerships throughout Africa putting them top of the list for African transactions. Their billing is extremely competitive, and their service levels are excellent.’

‘The team responds on short notice, has a good approach in dealing with people, including bankers even when under time pressure. They are technically proficient with a practical approach.’

‘They have good knowledge of our business from past transactions and suggest practical solutions.’

‘The team consists of members with the highest technical knowledge of the specialist finance arrangements being undertaken and apply this in a pragmatic manner to ensure deal execution and appropriate protection of the client interest.’

‘The ENS team has unrivalled depth and breadth of banking and finance expertise across a high number of African markets. A culture evidenced of proactive covering of the key conditions and dates of commercial agreements such that clients know well in advance of an approaching maturity.’

‘Strong relationships with key individuals across the financial institutions in their markets to access the right person at the required time.’

‘Always accessible and willing to lead the drafting with commercial sensibility and practically workable agreements’

‘Sean Lederman is one the leading banking and finance partners in South Africa. He is an expert in his field, extremely accessible, is a problem solver and always delivers output to an impeccable standard.’

Key clients

Investec

Absa Bank

First National Bank

ENX Corporation

Nedbank

Development Bank of Southern Africa

Work highlights

  • Acting for a syndicate of lenders comprising Nedbank Limited and FirstRand Bank Limited in relation to a syndicated post-commencement financing transaction, in terms of which a consortium of lenders have advanced an aggregate amount of ZAR750m to Comair as post commencement finance in order to enable Comair to meet its financial commitments during its business rescue proceedings and to ensure the continuity of Comair’s operations after its business rescue.
  • Acted for Absa Bank regarding the provision of preference share funding to the BEE shareholder of Dorper windfarm to enable the refinance of funding previously procured by such shareholder when the project initially started.

South Africa > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

ENSafrica‘s corporate and commercial department is noted as ‘the “go-to” firm for complex transactions and intricate legal issues’. It advises national and international clients on public company M&A transactions, private equity mandates and BEE matters, and its spread of offices across the continent places it in a good position to advise on multi-jurisdictional matters. Sector strengths of the team include finance, mining, pharmaceutical, retail, telecommunications, infrastructure, logistics and construction. The team is jointly chaired by Doron Joffe  and  Julius Oosthuizen  in Johannesburg and Cape Town respectively. Koos Pretorius in Cape Town is skilled in hostile takeover and corporate restructurings, while private equity lawyer Lydia Shadrach-Razzino is also of note in Johannesburg. Michael Katz remains an active team member, while Ian Hayes and Brian Jennings   joined Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr in March 2021.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘ENS has expertise in every field you can possibly imagine. They are quick to assist in every matter and always willing to be flexible with their fee structures. Lydia Shadrach-Razzino leads a stellar team that never disappoints.’

‘The ENS team is very strong, commercially minded but legally rigorous team. They are also wonderful colleagues and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Very responsive to client’s requirements with an ability to get to the important issues quickly. Focused attention to detail. An appreciation for and understanding of our business makes ENSafrica the “go-to” firm for complex transactions and intricate legal issues.’

‘Witness Makhubele is a very hardworking and knowledgeable commercial lawyer who seeks out practical solutions to intricate legal problems. Very client service oriented.’

‘Lydia Shadrach-Razzino and Carine Pick are always willing to go above and beyond what is required. Despite their busy schedules, they are instantly available and ensure that instructions are completed within very tight deadlines.’

‘Tony Lee is very commercial, approachable and very hands-on.’

Key clients

The Foschini Group

Edcon

SAB Zenzele

Karrooooo

Airports Company of South Africa

Sibanye Stillwater

Afrox

Discovery Health

Aerospace Development Corporation

Robor

Sasol Limited

Sasol Chemicals USA LLC

Mineworkers Investment Company

Impala Platinum Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the Foschini Group on its acquisition of 325 Jet stores and 4800 employees across South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, eSwatini and Botswana.
  • Advised Karooooo on its take-over by way of scheme of arrangement of Cartrak.
  • Advising Sasol on the South African law aspects of the disposal of a 50% interest in Louisiana Integrated Polyethylene JV LLC to LyondellBasell LC Offtake LLC

South Africa > Competition Tier 1

ENSafrica‘s competition practice is a key part of the firm’s offering and assists domestic and international clients in dawn raid investigations and inquiries by the South African Competition Commission; clients have also praised its ‘informed relationships with regulatory body.’ Jocelyn Katz leads the team with great expertise in merger control across Africa with the support of Justin Balkin and Mark Garden, who has significant experience in managing prohibited practices and merger regulation matters. Economist Lizel Blignaut is also of note alongside senior associate Aziza Mdee.

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Other key lawyers:

Justin BalkinMark GardenLizel Blignaut; Derushka Chetty; Natalia Lopes; Aziza Mdee; Ryan Goodman

Testimonials

‘The team is excellent on every front with expert practical advice based on informed relationships with regulatory body and in various industries. The team’s availability constantly impresses with quick turn-around times. The team takes the time to get to know a client to deliver the best service.’

‘The team is extremely diverse and they seem to be able to give advice on territories anywhere in Africa. The team we work with are receptive, engaging and always available when you need them. We deal with many urgent matters and this team are highly responsive but moreover, extremely commercial and reliable. We do many competition filings across Africa but we will only ever use the SA team because they act as the main points of contact and add immense value to every transaction.’

‘The Competition Practice of ENS provides a high standard of service. They understand the Competition Law Risks around the non-life insurance space and have played a crucial support. They are accessible and always keen to assist. They provide exceptional advice which has benefitted client tremendously.’

‘Justin Balkin is experienced and a very safe pair of hands. When things are complex he is definitely the one to go to.’

‘Ryan Goodman has provided exceptional service with practical advice, technical expertise and is a problem solver, having assisted us to navigate some potentially thorny issues during negotiations that were resolved with innovative solutions.’

‘Natalia Lopes takes her time to build relationships, able to navigate within complex multinational structures and cross-jurisdictionally while at the same time able to advise senior leadership in simple language. Natalia is solutions driven and has always been able to use in depth knowledge land commercial solutions to close matters. I have worked with Natalia for more than a decade and is always my competition lawyer of choice.’

‘Mark Gardner provides an excellent service to international clients doing business in South Africa and beyond. Mark is responsive and straightforward to deal with. He takes time to understand the client’s objectives and inspires confidence that competition matters will be handled effectively.’

‘Darren Smith is great to work with and provides clear and pragmatic advice.’

Key clients

A.P. Moller–Maersk Group

Adcock Ingram

Advent International

Cinven

RAG-Stiftung

AkzoNobel

AngloGold Ashanti

Business Connexion

Carlyle Group

CDK Global Inc

Cipla Limited

Comair Business Rescue Consortium

Consolidated Infrastructure Group

Corobrik

Dis-Chem Pharmacies

Discovery

DRA Group

DSV South Africa

Edcon

enX Group

Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium

Experian

Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa

G4S plc

General Partner

Grindrod Group

Hoegh Autoliner AS

Hollard Holdings

IDC

Investec Group

Invicta Holdings

Kleoss Fund 1 en commandite

LafargeHolcim

Massmart

Mediterranean Shipping Company SA

Motus Corporation

Mylan N.V.

Netflix

Old Mutual Insure

PG

RMB Corvest

Sanlam

Sasol

Sibanya Stillwater

South 32

The Foschini Group

Tiger Brands

Totalgaz

Vodacom

CEVA Logistics AG

ChromeSA

Work highlights

  • Advised a consortium of high-net-worth individuals in relation to the acquisition of Comair Limited.
  • Acted for the Edcon Group in its successful business rescue.
  • Advising South32 and SAEC in the disposal of SAEC to Thabong Coal.

South Africa > Employment Tier 1

ENSafrica is a large multi-disciplinary employment and labour team which advises on high-level matters throughout the African continent. The firm has an increasing mandate portfolio, advising on matters in the aviation, mining retail and financial sectors. Department head Brian Patterson leads the employment team with extensive experience in navigating corporate restructuring, executive dismissals and collective disputes. Stuart Harrison has expertise in employee benefits and restraint of trade matters. Dion Masher, Ross Alcock, Joe Mothibi and Fritz Malan are notable practitioners. Jan Norval is a senior associate specialising in collective bargaining.

Practice head(s):

Brian Patterson

Other key lawyers:

Dion Masher; Ross Alcock; Joe Mothibi; Fritz Malan; Peter le Roux; Stuart Harrison; Lauren Salt; Jan Norval

Testimonials

‘The co-operation within the team is exceptional in terms of service provision to our company. The specialists allocated functions will respond in good time and provide an appropriate and comprehensive response on the matter at hand.’

‘My dealings with Joe Mothibi and Lauren Salt, are exceptional. Apart from that, they are always available to respond to the company’s matters at any time. The fact that my association with Joe Mothibi exceeds 30 years confirms the importance of establishing and maintaining positive relationships over many years.’

 

Key clients

Comair Limited

Independent Regulatory Board For Auditors (IRBA)

MTN Group Limited

Sasol Limited

South African Revenue Services (SARS)

Life Healthcare Group (Pty) Ltd

AngloGold Ashanti Ltd

Minerals Council South Africa

Massmart

Puma Energy Group

Edcon Limited

Golden Arrow Bus Services (Pty) Ltd (GABS)

TFG (Foschini Retail Group (Pty) Ltd

Housing Development Agency (HDA)

Transaction Capital Limited (TC)

Work highlights

  • Advised the business rescue practitioners of South African Airways and the newly appointed board of SAA after exiting business rescue on all employment and labour law matters related to the restructuring and successfully defended numerous court applications arising thereafter.
  • Assisted Transaction Capital Limited and various subsidiaries with their restructuring exercise.
  • Acted as the prosecutor on behalf of the IRBA in relation to the prosecution of two auditors from Deloitte concerning allegations of professional misconduct, including dishonesty.

South Africa > Mining Tier 1

ENSafrica has an all-encompassing mining practice, advising a vast array of clients, especially large national and international mining houses, regarding dispute resolution proceedings, M&A transactions and related due diligence, regulatory and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) matters, and health and safety investigations and inquiries. Ntsiki Adonisi-Kgame now leads the core mining practice, after previous practice head Lloyd Christie left the firm in October 2021 to join Malan Scholes Attorneys; Pieter Colyn leads the health and safety department, and Willem le Roux is also a key practitioner in this area. Otsile Matlou handles the entirety of mining matters, including exploration, downscaling and closure.

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Testimonials

‘The strength of the ENSafrica team lies in the calibre of people at the firm.’

‘They cover a broad spectrum of expertise which allows for the firm to be a “one-stop” facility dealing with a broad range of issues facing the mining sector, ranging from commercial advice, regulatory input (including dealing with relevant persons at the regulator’s offices), and maintaining excellent working relationships with internal stakeholders.’

‘In my view, the ability of the ENSafrica team to deal with the requirements of the company at different levels distinguishes it from other firms. In this regard, the members of the Mine and Occupational Health and Safety Department stands out. We have a long standing relationship with Willem le Roux and Pieter Colyn.’

‘Expertise in South African mining health and safety.’

‘What makes their practice is the manner in which they also seek out innovative ways to deal with complex legal issues. They also do this in the simplest and most user-friendly way possible.’

‘They are very pragmatic in how they consider issues and seek to resolve them for their clients. They do work for a wide range of clients (both local, in Africa and Asia) across various commodities (i.e. precious metals and base metals) which gives the team a sense of well-roundedness.’

‘ENS’s mining team is very diverse and has a good mix of young talented and seasoned lawyers. The interplay between various departments is also exceptional. You never feel as though the standard or quality has dropped in any way.’

‘Ntsiki Adonisi-Kgame is very smart, an incisive thinker who is well rounded, having many years of experience in mining, environmental and property laws. A good leader that knows who to pull into her matters where appropriate. Never compromises on product quality.’

Key clients

Lonsa Everite

Bushveld Minerals

Trafigura

Black Royalty Minerals

AngloGold Ashanti

Work highlights

  • Advising Bushveld Minerals Limited regarding a mining project as contemplated in section 11(3) of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002.
  • Advised AngloGold Ashanti in launching interdict proceedings against local communities, the local municipality, a neighbouring mine in sabotaging its Vaal River Operations pending its disposal to Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited.

South Africa > Projects and infrastructure Tier 1

The project development and finance department at ENSafrica is headed up by Eric le Grange and advises lenders, borrowers, sponsors, developers and contractors , with renewables a particular area of activity. This includes advising on the licensing and permitting of infrastructure developments, engineering matters, construction and project financing. The team’s expertise extends throughout Africa, having completing projects in Namibia, Botswana, Rwanda, Ghana and Kenya, as well as within South Africa. Other notable areas of work include new mining development and road and rail projects. EPC contract specialist Loren Tibshraeny and regulatory expert John Ferraz are also core members of the projects team.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Loren Tibshraeny; John Ferraz; Sasha Singh; Lauren Petersen; Kumeshnie Naidoo; Noma Modise

Key clients

Absa Bank

African Rainbow Energy & Power

Development Bank of Southern Africa Limited

Enel Green Power

Government of Uganda

Ledjadja Coal

RMB Namibia

Powerchina Huadong Engineering Corporation

Scatec Solar Africa

Infinity Energy S.A.E

EDF Renewables

Sturdee Energy

Investec Bank

PetroSA SOC

Work highlights

  • Advising EDF Renewables Pty Ltd in respect of the development, construction and operation of a solar photovoltaic power generation plant and a battery energy storage system.
  • Advising Scatec Solar in respect of the development, construction and operation of 150MW of solar capacity and a 550MWh battery energy storage system.
  • Advising NamPower in respect of the development, construction and operation of the Otjikoto Biomass Power Station.

South Africa > Tax Tier 1

ENSafrica has one of the largest tax departments in South Africa and continues to be a leading practice. It services clients across the entire spectrum of tax-related mandates, including on the tax implications of cross-border transactions, VAT and customs, financial structuring, private client matters and litigation. Recognised international tax expert Peter Dachs leads the department, which has undergone growth with the hires of executive consultant Mark Badenhorst in 2020, who has significant expertise in transfer pricing, executive consultant Charles de Wet from PwC in October 2020, who now heads up the VAT practice, and tax executive Kazi Mbangeleli who rejoined the firm from an in-house role at Allan Gray. Andries Myburgh is also a name of note in the corporate tax space.

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Key clients

Liberty Holdings

United Manganese of Kalahari

Absa Bank

ACSA Global

MultiChoice Group Services

Citibank

Quarme Investments

Aerobotics

African Leadership Academy

Cape Biologix Technologies

CTrack

DRDGOLD

Work highlights

  • Advised ACSA Global on the tax implications of a transaction involving the sale of 10% shareholding in Mumbai International Airport Limited to Adani Airport Holdings Limited.
  • Advised UMK on the termination of their sales and marketing agreement with a sales agent, including on the the new sales, marketing and logistics agreement.
  • Advising Liberty Group on the South African tax implications arising from the issuance and holding of preference shares.

South Africa > Construction Tier 2

ENSafrica is adept at handling both contentious and non-contentious, front-end construction mandates for clients across the entire developmental stages of construction projects. The team is particularly active in mining, energy, infrastructure and engineering developments in South Africa and further afield. Project development expert Loren Tibshraeny leads the team alongside dispute resolution specialist Armando Aguir. Rob Scott is also of note with expertise in construction and engineering insurance.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Good availability, accessibility and attention to detail.’

‘We always enjoy when ENS refers to ‘our’ position rather than ‘your’ position in conversation – it shows that ENS are invested. We appreciate the collaborative nature of the team – they are willing to consider the complexities, the goals of the organisation and aim to find solutions that fit our unique position.’

‘Access to the team and specialists within the firm.’

Key clients

EDF Renewables

Powerchina Huadong Engineering Corporation

Namibian Power Corporation

QKR Namibia Navachab Gold Mine

Scatec Solar Africa

Infinity Energy S.A.E

Eskom SOC Ld

Bombardier African Alliance

Clarion Investments 49

General and Professional Liability Acceptances

ABSA Bank

Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa

Bio2Watt

Lepidico Chemicals Namibia

Shkawe Land Bobonong Solar PV

Goldwind Africa Holdings

KC Cottrell Co.

HF Consulting Engineers

Kalagadi Manganese

Development Bank of Southern Africa

Lombard Insurance Company

Passenger Rail Agency Of South Africa

AnglogoldAshanti

Kalyan Hospitality Development Togo SA

Work highlights

  • Advising EDF Renewables Pty Ltd on the development, construction and operation of a solar photovoltaic power generation plant with a capacity of approximately 138MWdc, 30MW x 3.5 hours battery energy storage system and 6 MWe thermal reciprocating engines generation plant.
  • Advising Powerchina Huadong Engineering Corporation as a member of an unincorporated joint venture appointed as the contractor in respect of the development, construction and operation of a solar photovoltaic power generation plant with a capacity of approximately 75MW, 450MWh battery energy storage system, and 2 diesel generation engines.
  • Advising NamPower on the development, construction and operation of the Otjikoto Biomass Power Station.

South Africa > Dispute resolution Tier 2

In Cape Town, George van Niekerk  now solely leads the dispute resolution practice at ENSafrica after Sue Hayes  in Johannesburg has stepped down as co-head, although she continues to be a core and active part of the team. The practice has a wide ranging offering encompassing mediation, class action cases and commercial litigation cases, domestically and internationally based. The team also benefits from working alongside the firm’s tax, construction, employment, competition and shipping practices. Particular sectors of focus for the group include mining, retail, finance, oil and gas and insurance. Commercial and finance litigator Aslam Moosajee is an active team member.

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Testimonials

‘Key strengths of the team include its great engagement with complete immersion into the assignment, the scale and size of the company with many skills, and somehow the company manages to feel like a small company, where coordination, collaboration and complementary skills are optimised for the benefit of the client.’

‘They take their work personally without compromising their professional integrity. They offer their honest advice, and advise on risks associated with any actions and options that are available.’

‘Serious attention to detail and able to present complex legal issues to clients in a digestible format.’

‘James is a fantastic communicator, which really takes the stress and uncertainty out of the litigation process.’

Key clients

Airports Company South Africa SOC

Banro Corporation

Beijing Fuxing Xiao-Cheng Electronic Technology Stock Co.

Boxlee

BXC SA

DRDGOLD

Eskom Holdings SOC

G4S Cash Solutions

Industrial Development Corporation

Lancaster 101

Limited JV Ole Power Systems

The Standard Bank of South Africa

Tshipi É Ntle Manganese Mining

Tsogo Sun Group

United Ulama Council of South Africa

Veraison

Work highlights

  • Advising Lancaster 101 in litigation against Steinhoff International Holdings NV following irregularities picked up in this financials which lead to significant drop in its share price.
  • Acting for the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa against Oakbay Resources and Energy, Oakbay Investments and others in relation to the termination of a loan agreement, triggered by events which the IDC contend, relate to the illegal conduct of the aforementioned companies controlled by the Gupta family and highly publicised events, under the rubric of state capture.
  • Acted for DRDGOLD in claims against insurers for coverage under the contagious and infectious disease extension clause of assets all risks insurance policies for business interruption losses suffered in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic.

South Africa > Intellectual property Tier 2

ENSafrica has a full service IP offering, advising on an array of contentious and non-contentious matters from trademarks to patents and registered designs. The team is well known for its transactional and advisory services in commercial IP concerning assets, company structuring and tax, which dovetails with the firm’s growing presence in the pharmaceutical and life science sectors where it also offers pre-clearance searches. Gaelyn Scott heads the IP department, specialising in strategic brand and portfolio management. Ilse du Plessis jointly heads the trademark prosecution department with Rowan Forster and Waldo Steyn leads the commercial IP team. Joanne van Harmelen is an experienced patent attorney with a specific focus on biotechnology and life sciences.

Practice head(s):

Gaelyn Scott

Other key lawyers:

Ilse du Plessis; Rowan Forster; Waldo Steyn; Joanne Van Harmelen

Testimonials

‘ENS Africa is an excellent team of IP attorneys based in South Africa and covering all African countries.’

‘The firm acts as a one stop shop for the entire African continent.’ T

‘Gaelyn Scott’s forte is handling complex contentious matters and she excels at her job.’

‘Their personal interest and willingness to understand our business is what sets the individuals that we work with apart from the competition. Their expertise is also another quality that is highly valued.’

‘We have been using ENS Africa as a one-stop shop for trademark matters in a number of African jurisdictions, and we are impressed with the responsiveness and diligence in their communication and coordination, also in large-scale projects.’

‘This is a winning team in South Africa. They are our go-to firm for IP work in the region.’

‘Rowan Forster stands out in the firm. With his broad range of knowledge and experience in IP matters in addition to his commercial acumen, he is a force to be reckoned with in the African region.’

Key clients

3G Direct

A&I Services Incorporated

ABSA Bank

Advanta Holdings B.V.

Affinity Africa Finance Limited

African Rainbow Minerals

AFS Agtech Private Ltd

Alkaloid AD Skopje

Anne F Grobler (Pty) Ltd

Aquelle

Arysta Lifescience

Ascendis

Avitas Holdings (Pty) Ltd

Azargen Biotechnologies (Pty) Ltd

BASF SE

Beier Industries

Bidvest Group

Biomek (Pty) Ltd

Bloomberg

Cape Biologix Technologies (Pty) Ltd

Central University of Technology

Christian Laboutin

Conde Nast / Advance Magazine Publishers

Convergence

Council for Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR)

Cricket South Africa

DE Robillard Kajee (Pty) Ltd

DH Brothers Industries

Discovery

Don’t Waste Group

Dr Reddy’s Laboratories

Elisana S.A.R.L

Ernie ELS Vineyards (Pty) Ltd

Ferrero Rocher Group

First Rand Bank

Foschini

Freddy Hirsch

Future Life Health Products (Pty) Ltd

Genlab (Pty) Ltd

Grindrod Ltd

Gurtech (Pty) Ltd

Hilton Hotels

Hollard Insurance Group

Hollywood Sportsbook

Huletts

Imana Foods (SA) (Pty) Ltd

Innocircle (Pty) Ltd

In-N-Out Burger

Investec Bank

Italtile Ltd

Laboratoires Goemar

Lactalis

Lifezone Ltd

Mazoyi Mixtures (Pty) Ltd

Mediacom South Africa (Pty) Ltd

Micore Solutions Pty Ltd

MilkX (Pty) Ltd

Momentum Metropolitan

Motion Icon (Pty) Ltd

MTN Group

Nedbank

Netcare

Ninety One

Noko Milling (Pty) Ltd

Omnia Holdings

Onespark (Pty) Ltd

Pallinghurst Resources

Progressive Tech Holding

Rallis India Ltd

RAM Transport

Rand York Castings (Pty) Ltd

Remgro Group

Ritz Hotels

RSI North America Inc.

Safaricom

Samsung

Sanlam

Sappi

Save Wholesalers Cash & Carry CC

Sawubona Mycelium (Pty) Ltd

Seal Chemistry (Pty) Ltd

Sekunjalo

Sensible Health (Pty) Ltd

South African Airways

South African Reserve Bank

Starbucks Corporation

Sustnet (Pty) Ltd

Swatch Group

Tata Group

Telkom

Teva Biomet

the Duke of Wellington

Thomas Cooke

Tiger Brands

Tongaat Developments

Transpaco

Trellicor (Pty) Ltd

Tvision

Unilever

United Phosphorus Ltd

UPL South Africa (Pty) Ltd

USG Corporation

Viasat, Inc

Victorinox

Voermol

Wave Innovate

Yellowwoods Administration Services Luxembourg SARL

Work highlights

  • Advised the only South African company with a truly open and integrated emergency response platform on a wide range of intellectual property-related matters in a cross-jurisdictional structure as part of a process to successfully close a further round of funding.
  • Advised a South African pharmaceutical conglomerate on launch strategies for important generic pharmaceutical products into the South African market and successfully negotiated positive outcomes with innovator drug patent holders.
  • Advised a British multinational consumer goods company on its sponsorship arrangement for a famous brand as a major sponsor for the British and Irish Lions rugby tour to South Africa 2021.

South Africa > Real estate Tier 2

ENSafrica advises major financial services and banking and corporate clients across the whole spectrum of real estate matters in South Africa and elsewhere in the continent. Its capabilities includes advising on land claims by communities and conducting high-value transactions, as well as negotiating term sheets, auditing lease agreements and drafting security documentation. Andrew Bembridge is head of the department with extensive expertise in commercial property transactions, and he is supported by the reputable Fritz Schulz  and Len Vorster.

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Testimonials

‘Client centric approach, excellent communication and good knowledge sharing.’

‘Hands-on, proactive approach and keeps the client informed of the process.’

‘Excellent property knowledge and solution focussed.’

Key clients

eXp World Holding Inc.

Brenthurst Retirement Management

Zwelabantu Dube Community Property Association

Thornybush Nature Reserve

University of the Witwatersrand

Buffaloland Safaris

Sabi Private Game Reserve

Autumn Storm Investment 379 Pty

Tricolt Property Developer CC

Traffigura

Exarro

Overlooked

Investec

Quarme

RMB

Klein Karoo and Friends Pty Ltd

First National Bank

Work highlights

  • Advising eXp on its expansion into South Africa and in particular to amend their contractor agreements and policies and procedures to comply with South African law.
  • Advised Colgate on the restructuring of commercial and industrial properties.
  • Advising Trafigura, Exarro and Overlooked on the registration of various mortgage bonds over various properties and notarial bonds, to the value of approximately USD27m each.

South Africa > Shipping and transport Tier 2

The shipping, ports and logistics team at ENSafrica is prominent in marine matters with expertise in casualty response and insurance. The firm has extensive shipping litigation experience from enforcement of maritime claims and mortgage foreclosures to bills of lading disputes. Durban-based Tony Norton heads the department and has considerable experience in maritime law. Michael Tucker, located in Cape Town, has particular expertise in liability and marine insurance. Kate Pitman also has shipping expertise and executive Jacqui Kaufmann is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Tony Norton

Testimonials

‘They provide balanced advice laying out alternatives in simple and clear language. Always readily available and approachable.’

‘Tony Norton is one of the smartest men I have met, offers quick commercial advice. Kate Pitman is well connected and has an intrinsic knowledge of all shipping elements and how best to solve a problem using this knowledge.’

‘The individuals have a wealth of experience and get to the heart of a problem with the best way to resolve at the earliest opportunity. They are very approachable and know what we are looking for from the advice they provide.’

‘They have an excellent variety of specialisms. The team are dedicated, hard working, commercially minded, reliable and personable.’

‘Mike Tucker is an excellent manager of complicated cases with a variety of moving parts. He works very hard and goes the extra mile.’

‘Jacqui Kauffman has been great to work with, she is dedicated, knowledgeable, helpful and always ready to help.’

‘Both Tony and Kate are recognised as a formidable team in themselves.’

‘The ENSafrica shipping and transport team are all able to look past the transactional nature of shipping, to build relationships with the people involved.’

Key clients

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company SA (MSC)

Steamship Insurance Management Services Limited

Bonanza Schiffahrtgesellschaft MBH & CO

KG and Fortysixth Phoenix Shipping INC

Minmetals Logistics Zhejiang Co. Ltd

Charterers P&I Club

Odfjell Asia III Pte Ltd

Gard AS

The Standard P&I Club

Generali Italia Spa

ICON Group via Reed Smith

Allianz Middle Eastern Ship Management LLC

The Shipowners’ Protection and Indemnity Association (Luxembourg)

Erne Shipping Inc. via UK P & I Club

CMA CGM S.A.

Korea Shipping Corporation

South African Association of Ships Operators and Agents (SAASOA)

Business South Africa (BSA)

Linsen Nambi Bunker Services (Pty) Ltd

Work highlights

  • Assisted BSA and, more specifically, SAASOA, to ensure that the logistics supply chain aligned to the objectives sought to be achieved by government through the Covid-19 lockdown in South Africa.
  • Advised the bareboat charterers of the SM New York (“the vessel”) on extensive damage caused by high winds through Durban port and assisted in defending proceedings commenced by various parties.
  • Acted for MSC and the underwriters of MSC CHIARA in an inter-ship collision matter in Beira, Mozambique.

South Africa > Investment funds Tier 3

ENSafrica ‘s investment funds practice is well integrated with the firm’s corporate, banking and finance and tax departments and offers advice across the African continent. Its broad ranging practice encompasses expertise in private equity and venture capital funds, collective investment schemes, hedge funds, REITs and managed account platforms. Based in Cape Town, banking and finance lawyers Johan Loubser  and Jessica Blumenthal have expertise across private equity funds and regulatory matters. Tax experts Magda Snyckers  and Mansoor Parker  are also active in this space.

Practice head(s):

Work highlights

  • Represented Greenman Investments S.C.A., SICAV-FIS in a reconsideration hearing at the Financial Services Tribunal.

ENSafrica

www.ENSafrica.com

info@ENSafrica.com

Credible difference

With over 600 specialist practitioners, ENSafrica is Africa’s largest law firm and has the capacity to deliver on your business requirements across all major industries and the African continent.  We are able to leverage our resources to deliver legal solutions that suit your pricing preferences and timeframes.

Excellence

ENSafrica is recognised by top ranking agencies such as Chambers Global Guide, Legal 500 EMEA Guide, IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate Guide and International Tax Review’s World Tax Guide, as well as by the African Legal Awards and DealMakers Awards, for achieving consistently high standards when working on the continent.

Novel solutions

We will work to find innovative solutions to ensure you achieve your commercial goals, whether it be successfully executing a strategy, maintaining a competitive edge or defending your position. Our aim is to deliver in the manner that best suits your business requirements, preferences and pricing structures. We can advise you directly, or work closely with your in-house legal teams.

Synergy

With more than 200 years’ experience, ENSafrica has significant expertise across the breadth of commercial areas and covering the African continent. We are committed to creating enduring client relationships, which are founded in a values-driven culture, and to providing you with to-the-point, jargon-free advice. We harness our deep specialist expertise in areas relevant to the project and at the correct level. This enables us to tailor-make solutions for you, with the desired turnaround times and cost efficiencies.

Africa focus

Over many years, ENSafrica has developed a large knowledge base of resources and a deep understanding of local nuances and ways of doing business. We have practical experience working on the ground and direct access to high-end, professional contacts across the continent, assuring you of consistent quality and world-class service. We have practitioners who are qualified to practise English law and French law and we have extensive experience in the legal codes of OHADA used in West and Central Africa.

 

Our practice areas

  • Africa Regulatory and Business Intelligence
  • Agribusiness
  • Asia-Africa Trade
  • Aviation
  • Banking and Finance
  • Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE)
  • Competition / Antitrust
  • Corporate Commercial
  • Data Privacy and Protection
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Employment
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Fiduciary
  • Fintech
  • Forensics
  • Immigration
  • India-Africa Trade
  • Infrastructure
  • Insolvency, Restructuring and Business Rescue
  • Insurance
  • IntelligENS (AI)
  • International Arbitration
  • Intellectual Property (IP)
  • Mining
  • Mine and Occupational Health and Safety (MOHS)
  • Natural Resources and Environment
  • Private Clients
  • Private Equity
  • Pro Bono and Corporate Social Investment
  • Project Development and Project Finance
  • Real Estate / Property
  • Retirement Funds
  • Shipping, Ports and Logistics
  • Tax
  • Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT)

Offices

ENSafrica is Africa’s largest law firm, with offices in Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa and Uganda.  We also have two dedicated pro bono offices in South Africa.

Through our in-country and regional expertise, combined with our network of high quality correspondent firms, we are able to assist you with all your legal and tax requirements, no matter where in Africa you choose to do business.

ENSafrica | Ghana
5th Floor Vivo Place, Cantonments City, Rangoon Lane, Accra
tel: +233 30 225 3980
infoACC@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

ENSafrica | Kenya
15th Floor One Africa Place, Junction of Chiromo and Rhapta Roads, Westlands, Nairobi
tel: +254 205 007 000
infoNBO@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

ENSafrica | Mauritius
19 Church Street, Port Louis
tel: +230 212 2215
infoMRU@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

ENSafrica | Namibia
Unit 3 Ground Floor, Sonneneck Building, Moses Garoeb Street, Swakopmund
tel: +264 64 415 380
infoSWP@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

No 4 1st Floor, The Business Park, Sam Nujoma Avenue, Walvis Bay
tel: +264 64 281 100
infoWVB@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

Unit 4 LA Chambers, Ausspann Plaza, Dr Agostinho Neto Road, Windhoek
tel: +264 61 379 700
infoWDH@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

ENSafrica | Rwanda
Kacyiru KG 7th Avenue #35, Blue Star House 1st Floor – Wing B, Kigali
tel: +250 252 551 500
infoKGL@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

​ENSafrica South Africa
​35 Lower Long Street, Foreshore, Cape Town
tel: +27 21 410 2500
infoCPT@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

1 Richefond Circle, Ridgeside Office Park, Umhlanga, Durban
tel: +27 31 536 8600
infoDUR@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

The MARC | Tower 1, 129 Rivonia Road, Sandton, Johannesburg
tel: +27 11 269 7600
infoJNB@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

La Gratitude, 97 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch
tel: +27 21 808 6620
infoSTB@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

ENSafrica | Uganda
4th Floor, Rwenzori Towers, Plot 6 Nakasero Road, Nakasero, Kampala
tel: +256 31 222 5500
infoKLA@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

ENSafrica

ENSafrica is Africa’s largest law firm, with offices in Eastern, Southern and Western Africa. With more than 600 specialist practitioners, we have deep expertise and the capacity to solve all your legal, tax, forensics and IP requirements, and help you navigate regulatory hurdles, no matter where in Africa you do business.

We are entrusted by major local and international clients to handle and co-ordinate even their most complex and sensitive requirements quickly, efficiently and with excellence. As a result, our consistently high standards have been recognised by prestigious international ranking agencies.

Because we have had many years of practical experience working on the ground throughout Africa, we have developed a proven track record and a solid understanding of local cultural, commercial and geopolitical contexts, as well as long-standing partnerships with trusted firms with whom we work.

For more information, visit www.ENSafrica.com or contact one of our offices:

ENSafrica | Ghana
5th Floor Vivo Place, Cantonments City, Rangoon Lane, Accra
tel: +233 30 225 3980
infoACC@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

ENSafrica | Kenya
15th Floor, One Africa Place, Waiyaki Way, Westlands, Nairobi
tel: +254 205 007 000
infoNBO@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

ENSafrica | Mauritius
18 Edith Cavell Street, Port Louis
tel: +230 212 2215
infoMRU@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

ENSafrica | Namibia
Shop 2 Ground Floor, Altstadthof, corner Libertina Amathila Avenue and Bismarck Street, Swakopmund
tel: +264 64 415 380
infoSWP@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

No 4 1st Floor, The Business Park, Sam Nujoma Avenue, Walvis Bay
tel: +264 64 281 100
infoWVB@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

Unit 4 LA Chambers, Ausspann Plaza, Dr Agostinho Neto Road, Windhoek
tel: +264 61 379 700
infoWDH@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

ENSafrica | Rwanda
Kacyiru, KG 7th Avenue #35, Blue Star House, 1st Floor – Wing B, Kigali
tel: +250 252 551 500
infoKGL@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

​ENSafrica South Africa
​35 Lower Long Street, Foreshore, Cape Town
tel: +27 21 410 2500
infoCPT@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

1 Richefond Circle, Ridgeside Office Park, Umhlanga, Durban
tel: +27 31 536 8600
infoDUR@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

The MARC | Tower 1, 129 Rivonia Road, Sandton, Johannesburg
tel: +27 11 269 7600
infoJNB@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

La Gratitude, 97 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch
tel: +27 21 808 6620
infoSTB@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

ENSafrica | Uganda
4th Floor, Rwenzori Towers, Plot 6 Nakasero Road, Nakasero, Kampala
tel: +256 31 222 5500
infoKLA@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com


ENSafrica is Africa’s largest law firm, with over 600 specialist practitioners, giving us the capacity to deliver on our clients’ business requirements in all major industries across the African continent.  

While Africa provides great potential for growth, businesses often face unpredictable regional challenges and conflicting regulatory requirements. It is therefore useful to have a partner who has African know-how and multijurisdictional capabilities. 

Over many years, ENSafrica has accumulated practical experience working on the ground throughout Africa, and has a solid understanding of local markets, cultures, nuances and ways of doing business.  

Our cross-border, continent-wide expertise in law, tax, regulatory, forensics and IP is augmented by our longstanding partnerships with high-end, professional correspondent firms, who have been selected for their deep in-country know-how. This enables our clients to receive advice from the most qualified legal advisors in each jurisdiction, and assures them of consistent quality and world-class service across the African continent.   

Operating independently allows us to offer advice that is always in the best interests of our clients. 

ENSafrica has practitioners who are qualified and registered to 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. 


Diversity at ENSafrica

Recognising Diversity is one of ENSafrica’s four core values. We believe that excellence and the ability to provide novel solutions for our clients are strongly ameliorated by the coming together of practitioners with diverse backgrounds, skillsets and perspectives.

ENSafrica demonstrably embraces our unique differences which extend across genders, life choices, locations, culture, race and more. Our people are given equal opportunities and special allowances are proactively made for unique circumstances and for those who were previously marginalised or suffered discrimination.

Pro bono and corporate social investment

We are deeply aware of the socio-economic context in which we operate. We are committed to offering access to justice, free of charge, to qualifying disadvantaged individuals through our two pro bono offices in Alexandra (Johannesburg) and Mitchells Plain (Cape Town). These offices, which were the first of their kind in South Africa, provide free, high-quality legal services to the community from within the community. All ENSafrica practitioners in South Africa, regardless of rank, render at least 32 hours of pro bono service per year to this initiative, which is 50% more than is required by the Legal Practice Council. We also provide commissioners for the small claims courts that are run in our pro bono offices. We also recently launched a pro bono offering in Windhoek, Namibia.

In addition, through all our offices, we provide free legal services (pro amico) to a variety of causes and projects, and we donate funding and resources to a number of interest groups and organisations.

B-BBEE in South Africa

As an African law firm, we are committed to Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) in South Africa. B-BBEE is a constitutionally mandated objective of the South African Government which seeks to address the legacy of apartheid through legislation and policy aimed at increasing the participation of black people in the economy.

It consists of measures and initiatives aimed at increasing levels of equity ownership by black people in businesses operating in South Africa, increasing the number of black people who participate in management roles in businesses, improving the skills of black employees, assisting black owned SMMEs, procuring goods and services from businesses that are good contributors to B-BBEE, and corporate social investment.