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ENSafrica, Otsile Matlou, Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA

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Otsile Matlou

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Chief Operating Officer | practice integration


Otsile Matlou is ENSafrica’s Chief Operating Officer | practice integration. He is also a director and head of the firm’s mining department.

As COO | practice integration, Otsile ensures the seamless delivery of effective solutions for clients across the continent.

As head of the firm’s mining department, Otsile’s expertise covers the circle of mining – from exploration, mining and beneficiation to downscaling and closure. His experience ranges from start-up exploration projects to well-established mining projects, and he acts for a wide range of mining companies in all mineral commodity sectors, including the base and precious metals, coal, rare earths, sand and diamonds sectors.

Otsile’s expertise includes advising on mining aspects of equity and asset acquisitions, disposals and corporate restructuring, and black economic empowerment transactions, as well as on distressed mining assets and on royalties in the mining sector. His experience further includes all aspects of regulatory work in the mining and petroleum (upstream) industries, for listed and unlisted senior, mid-tier and junior companies, as well as for financial institutions with regard to resource-finance projects.

Otsile has done mining title and transactional work in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. He has also advised on joint ventures in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe and Zambia. In addition, he has advised the Uganda Chamber of Mines in relation to the Ugandan mineral regulatory framework.

Otsile is an instructor for the Black Lawyers Association and is a member of the Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law section of the International Bar Association. He is also an instructor at the International Law Institute – African Centre for Legal Excellence, where he has trained senior government negotiators and regulators from various African countries in regard to mining contracts, concessions and disputes.

Otsile is regularly invited to present papers at conferences and seminars in the field of mining law, and he is widely published.


BA (University of the Witwatersrand); LLB (University of the Witwatersrand); Higher Diploma in Tax (University of the Witwatersrand) and Certificate in Advanced Company Law I and II (University of the Witwatersrand).

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Otsile Matlou - ENSafrica

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ENSafrica has one of the most rounded mining practices in South Africa. From mining law to mining M&A and mine health and safety, the firm is at the forefront of the industry. It advised Sibanye Gold on its $2.7bn cross-border acquisition of Stillwater, a transaction that transformed the client into a genuine global mining giant. The firm's chief operating officer Otsile Matlou is a leading mining law specialist with a fine record across sub-Saharan Africa. Lloyd Christie has a fine reputation in environmental and regulatory matters and Willem le Roux has unrivalled experience in mine occupational health and safety. Ian Hayes is a leader in mining M&A.

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