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Pinsent Masons LLP
South Africa

Construction Tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP has a formidable contentious and transactional practice. The Johannesburg team has broad horizons, picking up key engagements in Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and other African jurisdictions. Clients are primarily developers, followed by lenders and contractors. It advised Sepchem Industries on the development of an Anhydrous Hydrogen Fluoride Plant and an Aluminium Fluoride Plant at Ekandustria, South Africa. Rob Morson is regarded as a leader in front-end construction matters in South Africa. Shane Voigt is a key name for contentious work, while Junaid Banoobhai and Deirdre Simaan are also recommended.

Projects and infrastructure Tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP has an established record in East Africa infrastructure projects thanks in no small part to the presence of key partner Claire Barclay. The practice is a mix of regulatory and transactional, with the team especially active in Kenya and Uganda. It advises a range of sponsors, sub-contractors and lenders, including multilaterals and development banks. The team also advised the Tanzania National Roads Authority on the design, build, finance, operation and maintenance of a toll road from Dar-es-Salaam to Chalinze through a PPP structure. The Johannesburg team is supported by a market-leading construction practice.

The firm

Pinsent Masons is a market-leading international law firm built around the needs of its client across five global sectors: energy, infrastructure, financial services, real estate, and advanced manufacturing and technology. In 2016 it was named law firm of the Year by both Legal Business and Legal Week magazines. It was also ranked first in the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Europe ‘Business of Law’ index.

This year the firm has brought together some of Africa’s foremost energy and infrastructure specialists across a range of legal disciplines to launch Pinsent Masons in South Africa.

With over 1,800 lawyers operating from 24 locations throughout the UK, Europe, Asia Pacific and the Middle East, Pinsent Masons is well-placed to advise on complex multi-jurisdictional transactions across a full range of legal disciplines. Its global Africa practice – which operates from key hub markets including London, Paris, Dubai and Beijing in addition to Johannesburg – comprises over 40 partners and 150 lawyers working on Africa-related matters across 38 African countries.

Areas of practice

The firm has significant international credentials in the global energy, infrastructure, financial services and advanced manufacturing and technology sectors. In the UK, the firm’s focus is on infrastructure projects spanning energy, IT, telecoms, transport and social infrastructure.

Services provided across these sectors include corporate and M&A, commercial, competition, litigation and arbitration, banking, restructuring, insurance, regulatory, construction, projects, pensions, property, planning and environmental, procurement, outsourcing, employment, share plans, technology and tax advice.

Pinsent Masons stands out in particular for its innovative approach to service delivery. For example, the firm operates a hub of freelance lawyers, called Vario, and has also developed Cerico, a cloud-based regulatory compliance solution. It has developed long-term service agreements, often referred to as ‘sole adviser’ relationships, with a number of blue-chip organisations.

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