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Hogan Lovells (South Africa)
South Africa

Construction Tier 1

Hogan Lovells (South Africa) is prominent in contentious and non-contentious matters. It has a growing presence in other jurisdictions such as Zimbabwe and Mozambique and is noted for its mining sector client base. The highly reputed Clive Rumsey leads the team, which includes Gary Pritchard and  Sasha Baker.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Hogan Lovells (South Africa) has continued to expand its senior bench with several new directors, including Sibongile Solombela  , who joined from Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, and Vivien Chaplin and Rachel Kelly from ENSafrica. The expanded team is gaining further market recognition and advised Investec Bank on the purchase of its head office in Sandton from Growthpoint Properties. It also assisted AccorHotels with its acquisition of a 50% stake in each of the Mantis Group and Giltedge Group, which own hotels across the African continent. Team members are 'dedicated and understand the needs of clients' and are 'skilled and knowledgeable'. Key names include senior figure Carl Stein, Danielle Magidson and private equity expert Jeff Buckland. Vaughn Harrison  is 'an absolute pleasure to work with' and is 'able to interpret contracts with accuracy and detect all risks'. Warren Drue joined Webber Wentzel in February 2019.

Employment Tier 2

Hogan Lovells (South Africa)'s highly reputable practice has developed its status in employment litigation, and cross-border and multi-jurisdictional matters across Africa. The Johannesburg team is leveraging its strong black economic empowerment credentials and connections with overseas offices to broaden its client base in South Africa and beyond. It remains noted for its expertise in collective bargaining arrangements, redundancy exercises and strikes. It advised Medal Paint Manufacturers on employment issues following the dismissal of 65 employees and a five-month protected strike. Imraan Mahomed has an outstanding reputation.

Mining Tier 2

Hogan Lovells (South Africa) has developed a rounded team, with expertise across the spectrum, including in regulatory, health and safety, environmental matters and transactions. Key clients include Glencore, South32, Kumba Iron Ore and a number of mid-tier players. The group advised Northern Coal on the disposal of its South African coal mining and beneficiation assets to Msobo Coal. Senior name Warren Beech is noted for his regulatory and health and safety experience and Nicholas Veltman is an emerging name in mining transactions.

Real estate Tier 2

Hogan Lovells (South Africa) has a deep background in real estate, especially commercial and residential developments in Johannesburg. It advised Propertuity Development on the Craftsman’s Ship development in the Maboneng District, Johannesburg. Team members provide a 'personal service' and are 'prepared to go out of their way to assist and provide the necessary legal guidance'. Emili Souris and Penny Chenery are key partners.

Banking and finance Tier 3

Hogan Lovells (South Africa) is recognised for its structured trade and commodity finance practice, though it also has broad banking credentials. Cross-border finance and restructurings in Africa are increasingly important elements of the practice and the team is increasingly instructed by debt funds. The department also has a mix of South Africa and English law expertise. It advised PPC on the restructuring and extension of an existing $168m loan to its subsidiaries in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Anina Boshoff is increasingly prominent. Lodewyk Meyer joined Baker McKenzie Johannesburg in July 2019.

Competition Tier 3

Hogan Lovells (South Africa) has an impressive mix of antitrust work with an ever-growing practice outside of South Africa. The 'exceptional' team is praised for its efforts to understand clients' businesses and their industry sectors. Nkonzo Hlatshwayo is 'a calming influence, always available, and an expert in his field'. A team led by Lesley Morphet advised Bayer on a number of competition issues relating to its headline acquisition of Monsanto, including merger notifications in multiple African jurisdictions. The team has also worked on a number of cartel cases.

Dispute resolution Tier 3

Hogan Lovells (South Africa) has impressed in general commercial litigation, administrative law and regulatory work; it has a particular niche in the telecoms sector. The team is 'extremely professional', 'personable', 'empathetic and diplomatic', and 'exemplary'. It represented Transnet in claims and counter claims relating to defective infrastructure and IT systems installed at the Port of Saldanha, and defective workmanship in the refurbishment of the Manganese terminal at Port Elizabeth. Veronica Vurgarellis heads the department.

Tax Tier 3

Hogan Lovells (South Africa) has 'great expertise' enabling it to identify 'appropriate solutions'. The rounded practice covers corporate tax through to tax disputes and exchange control. Jackie Peart and Natalie Napier lead the way on M&A and foreign direct investment, with Peart also building a standing in tax disputes acting for and against the South African Revenue Service. Charles van Standen leads the exchange control department. Ernie Lai King retired.

The firm: Change is happening faster than ever, and legal challenges come from all directions. To stay ahead, organisations need to anticipate what’s next. Hogan Lovells understands this and works together with its clients to solve the toughest legal issues in major industries and commercial centres around the world. With 2,500 lawyers on six continents, Hogan Lovells offers extensive experience and insights gained from working in some of the world’s most complex legal environments and markets for corporations, financial institutions and governments. The firm provides practical legal solutions that help clients identify and mitigate risk and make the most of opportunities.

Whether a client is expanding into new markets, considering capital from new sources, or dealing with increasingly complex regulation or disputes, Hogan Lovells can help.

The firm’s lawyers are straight-talking. They understand and solve the problem before it becomes one. And they deliver clear and practical advice that gets the job done.

A fast-changing and interconnected world requires fresh thinking combined with proven experience. That’s what Hogan Lovells provides. Progress starts with ideas. And while imagination helps at every level, the firm’s legal solutions are aligned with each client’s business strategy. The firm’s experience in cross-border and emerging economies gives it the market perspective to be the global partner of choice for its clients. The team at Hogan Lovells brings a diverse variety of backgrounds and experience which delivers a broader perspective. This ultimately makes for more rounded thinking and better answers for clients. Giving back to communities and society is fundamental to good business. And, it’s part of the firm’s core. Everyone at Hogan Lovells is asked to volunteer at least 25 hours a year as part of their normal work duties.

Johannesburg office: Hogan Lovells in Johannesburg is the gateway to Sub-Saharan Africa for global organisations and investors attracted to the region’s expanding economies and growing consumer base. Clients include major domestic and international corporations, banks, financial institutions and state authorities. It focuses on corporate, commercial, finance, tax, litigation, mining and employment work. The professionals are approachable sector practitioners with broad Sub-Saharan Africa capabilities. Working collaboratively with more than 45 Hogan Lovells offices worldwide, the office provides clients with a consolidated approach across jurisdictional borders. It values client relationships above all. As a full-service firm, it constantly adapts and expands its areas of practice to meet clients’ needs.

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Mergers and acquisitions
Real estate
Antitrust and competition
Banking transactional
Business restructuring and insolvency
Energy and natural resources
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Mr Wessel Badenhorst  photo Mr Wessel Badenhorst
Ms Sasha Baker  photo Ms Sasha Baker
Mr Warren Beech  photo Mr Warren Beech
Ms Anina Boshoff  photo Ms Anina Boshoff
Mr Jeff Buckland  photo Mr Jeff Buckland
Mr Tony Canny  photo Mr Tony Canny
Ms Vivien Chaplin  photo Ms Vivien Chaplin
Ms Penny Chenery  photo Ms Penny Chenery
Mr Gareth Cremen  photo Mr Gareth Cremen
Mr Alex Eliott  photo Mr Alex Eliott
Ms Jean Ewang  photo Ms Jean Ewang
Ms Mahashini Govender  photo Ms Mahashini Govender
Ms Laurie Hammond  photo Ms Laurie Hammond
Mr Vaughn Harrison  photo Mr Vaughn Harrison
Mr Nkonzo Hlatshwayo  photo Mr Nkonzo Hlatshwayo
Mr Ian Jacobsberg  photo Mr Ian Jacobsberg
Ms Rachel Kelly  photo Ms Rachel Kelly
Ms Dimitra Kouvelakis  photo Ms Dimitra Kouvelakis
Mr Haroon Laher  photo Mr Haroon Laher
Ms Melissa Leibowitz  photo Ms Melissa Leibowitz
Ms Danielle Magidson  photo Ms Danielle Magidson
Mr Imraan Mahomed  photo Mr Imraan Mahomed
Mr Lodewyk Meyer  photo Mr Lodewyk Meyer
Mr Osborne Molatudi  photo Mr Osborne Molatudi
Ms Lesley Morphet  photo Ms Lesley Morphet
Ms Natalie Napier  photo Ms Natalie Napier
Mr Enslin Nel  photo Mr Enslin Nel
Ms Jackie Peart  photo Ms Jackie Peart
Mr Kevin Pietersen  photo Mr Kevin Pietersen
Ms Candice Pillay  photo Ms Candice Pillay
Mr Leishen Pillay  photo Mr Leishen Pillay
Mr Gary Pritchard  photo Mr Gary Pritchard
Ms Christine Rodrigues  photo Ms Christine Rodrigues
Mr Clive Rumsey  photo Mr Clive Rumsey
Ms Hedda Schensema  photo Ms Hedda Schensema
Mr City Serobe  photo Mr City Serobe
Mr Arnold Shapiro  photo Mr Arnold Shapiro
Mr Sibongile Solombela  photo Mr Sibongile Solombela
Ms Emili Souris  photo Ms Emili Souris
Mr Carl Stein  photo Mr Carl Stein
Mr Sj Thema  photo Mr Sj Thema
Mr Philip Van Rensburg  photo Mr Philip Van Rensburg
Mr Nicholas Veltman  photo Mr Nicholas Veltman
Ms Veronica Vurgarellis  photo Ms Veronica Vurgarellis
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