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South Africa

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells (South Africa)

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.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells (South Africa)

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.

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Competition - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells (South Africa)

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.

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Construction - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells (South Africa)

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.

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 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.

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Employment - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells (South Africa)

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.

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Mining - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells (South Africa)

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.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells (South Africa)

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.

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Tax - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells (South Africa)

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.

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    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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