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Hogan Lovells (South Africa)

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South Africa

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells (South Africa)

Hogan Lovells (South Africa) is noted for trade and commodity finance, acquisition finance and restructurings. The firm has targeted the non-bank lending market, including debt funds, with considerable success, while continuing to advise on big syndicated deals for banks. Clients include Standard Bank, RMB, Barak Fund, Nedbank and African Export-Import Bank. Anina Boshoff heads the team that includes trade and commodity finance specialists Lodewyk Meyer and Laurie Hammond.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells (South Africa)

Hogan Lovells (South Africa) has impressed in inbound investment work from the US, Europe and Asia. It now receives repeat work from a range of multinationals and has experienced considerable growth in the technology sector. The Johannesburg office advised Germany’s BayWa on the establishment of a joint venture company with Barloworld South Africa. The team delivers β€˜fantastic response times and excellent advice’. Warren Drue, Carl Stein, Vaughn Harrison, Jeff Buckland, Danielle Magidson and new hire Vivien Chaplin form an impressive senior bench.

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Competition - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells (South Africa)

Hogan Lovells (South Africa) has cemented its presence in South Africa, taking on a series of high-quality engagements, including advising Bayer on its acquisition of Monsanto, which involved merger notifications in several African jurisdictions. Lesley Morphet is praised by a client for getting a deal β€˜back on track’ and β€˜perhaps saving the transaction’. Nkonzo Hlatshwayo has broad experience having had senior positions at several regulatory authorities.

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Construction - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells (South Africa)

Hogan Lovells (South Africa) is recognised for its capabilities in both front-end and back-end work, thanks in no small part to the presence of market leader Clive Rumsey. The employer-oriented team has seen particular growth in front-end work, particularly in the mining industry, and a rise in sub-Saharan Africa engagements. Clients include Bombela, Worley Parsons, Eskom, Anglo American and Fluor. Philip van Rensburg is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Clive Rumsey - Hogan Lovells (South Africa)

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells (South Africa)

Hogan Lovells (South Africa) has a real breadth of practice and frequent exposure to headline cases. Veronica Vurgarellis leads the team that represented Harmony Gold Mining in a class action brought by current and former mineworkers.

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Employment - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells (South Africa)

Hogan Lovells (South Africa) is widely recognised for retrenchments, collective bargaining and strikes. According to one client, the team’s advice is β€˜beyond expectations’. The group advised South African Revenue Services (SARS) on a major restructuring exercise. Imraan Mahomed is highly regarded, as is firm chairman Lavery Modise. Hedda Schensema is β€˜the best in the industry’, according to one client, and Osborne Molatudi is β€˜a good labour law litigator’.

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Mining - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells (South Africa)

Hogan Lovells (South Africa) is recognised for its expertise in environmental, regulatory, and health and safety matters, thanks in part to the presence of practice leader Warren Beech. The group recently advised Glencore Operations South Africa on the separation and de-linking of two operating smelters from the mines they were attached to. The team is also increasingly active outside of South Africa.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells (South Africa)

Hogan Lovells (South Africa) is strong in commercial and residential developments, especially in Johannesburg. It advised Propertuity Development on the Craftsman’s Ship development in the Maboneng District, Johannesburg. The team provides β€˜excellent value for money’ and β€˜knowledge and care for the client’. Penny Chenery and Emili Souris are recommended.

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Tax - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells (South Africa)

Hogan Lovells (South Africa) is building its name through significant tax disputes, corporate tax and multijurisdictional engagements. The team advised Huge Telecom on the tax aspects of its acquisition of ConnectNet Broadband Wireless. Jackie Peart covers cross-border international tax and disputes; she is β€˜professional, knowledgeable and finds practical solutions’. Consultant Ernie Lai King is β€˜thorough and business minded’ and Natalie Napier is also recommended.

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  • Hong Kong Enacts Competition Law

    After years of debate, on 14 June 2012 and in its last days of office, the Legislative Council finally enacted Hong Kong’s first cross- sector competition law.
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