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Norton Rose Fulbright
South Africa

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc has an exceptional track record for dispute resolution, traditionally in the insurance space, but this has expanded to a range of big-ticket commercial disputes, including those in the mining segment. Jeffrey Kron remains a major name in the market; Tony Chappel is a leader in professional indemnity and construction disputes; and André Vos is heading the firm's investigations and anti-corruption team. Consultant Michael Hart is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Robinson


Jeffrey Kron is superb and knows what he is doing.

Key clients

Glencore Coal South Africa

Deloitte Netherlands


KPMG Botswana

The Standard Bank of South Africa

Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA)

Office of the State Attorney and Eastern Cape Department of Health

Projects and infrastructure Tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc continues to make an impression in project finance in South Africa's renewable energy sector. Jackie Midlane is a recognised market leader in this segment. Oil and gas, gas-to-power and mining projects are also a strong feature of the practice. Head of Africa Greg Nott and Cape Town oil and gas specialist Lizel Oberholzer are also key team members.

Practice head(s):

Jackie Midlane

Key clients

Enel Green Power

Akuo Kita Solar


Total E&P South Africa

The Standard Bank of South Africa

Banking and finance Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc has a strong track record in banking and finance. Though team changes have resulted in a number of senior-level departures, it still maintains a strong presence in project finance, acquisition finance, and trade and commodity finance. Jackie Midlane is highly regarded and Steven Gamble is key for cross-border and Africa-wide financings. Malibuye Cossie is another talented practitioner.

Practice head(s):

Jackie Midlane

Key clients

The Standard Bank of South Africa

Absa Bank

FirstRand Bank


Phakwe Power One

Brookfield Renewable Partners

Competition Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc remains noted for cartel and price-fixing cases, market inquiries and regulatory enforcement. Marianne Wagener heads the practice, which includes Mark Griffiths, who is noted for cross-border and Africa-wide matters. Rosalind Lake is a key name for mergers and regulatory investigations.

Practice head(s):

Marianne Wagener

Key clients




Louis Dreyfus Company


Amsted Rail Corporation

Cell C


Construction Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc has a fine record in front-end construction contracts connected to renewable energy projects in South Africa and beyond. It is also rated for disputes, particularly professional indemnity and insurance-related matters. Contentious specialist Tony Chappel leads the team and, alongside Durban-based Gary Rademeyer, has a fine reputation for front-end construction and disputes.

Practice head(s):

Tony Chappel

Key clients

WSP Group Africa

Exxaro Coal Mpumalanga

Mott MacDonald Contracting

Prospect Resources  Australia and Prospect Lithium Zimbabwe

Veolia Water Solutions and Technologies

Amakhala Emoyeni

Development Bank of Southern Africa

Employment Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc fields a substantial team that advises a range of major parastatal organisations and private businesses, including large mining houses. The team, which operates from the firm's Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town offices, is particularly notable for retrenchment exercises, strikes and executive dismissals. Murray Alexander leads the team from Durban. Johannesburg-based Mohammed Chavoos and Karen Ainslie, and Jason Whyte in Cape Town also rated.

Practice head(s):

Murray Alexander

Key clients

Don’t Waste Services

Pioneer Foods

Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA)

Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA)

South African Custodial Managements (SACM)

Mining Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc has longstanding experience in the mining sector, particularly in mining law, regulatory matters and disputes. Michael Dale remains the nation's leading authority on mining law. Georg Kahle is an experienced figure in mining sector M&A, and Jackie Midlane is noted for project finance in the mining sphere. Jeffrey Kron and André Vos are prominent litigators with extensive mining sector disputes experience, including class actions.

Practice head(s):

Georg Kahle

Shipping and transport Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc has a strong record in marine insurance. The global firm has a focus on the transport industry and in Durban-based head of the South Africa transport team Malcolm Hartwell, it has the only master mariner in the domestic market that operates at director level. Andrew Robinson has a fine record in shipping disputes.

Practice head(s):

Malcolm Hartwell

Key clients

Members of Parakou Shipping Group

Seguradora Internacional de Mocambique

Ilanga Scientific


Coöperatieve Rabobank

Hollard Insurance Company

Santam Marine

Investment funds Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc has strong connections to the financial services and asset management community with an especially strong record with South Africa-based hedge funds and infrastructure and energy funds. Shawn Barnett leads the team.

Real estate Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc remains noted for land issues connected to energy and infrastructure projects, particularly South Africa's renewable energy programme. It is also rated for the real estate aspects of mining sector asset disposals. Pieter Niehaus leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Pieter Niehaus

Key clients

Federal-Mogul Motorparts


Standard Bank of South Africa


Standard Bank of South Africa

Exxaro Resources

Absa Bank

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc's team continues to be noted for financial services, energy, telecoms and mining deals. Stephen Kennedy-Good now leads the team, while Georg Kahle is recommended for mining sector M&A. Former head of M&A Ross Lomax is now with Herbert Smith Freehills South Africa LLP.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Kennedy-Good

Key clients

Barclays Bank

Cell C

Huge Group

Exxaro Resources

Publicis Groupe

Southern Solar

General Cable

Likamva Resources

Tax Tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc is recommended for tax disputes and has built considerable experience in dealing with the tax aspects of warranty and indemnity insurance. Dale Cridlan leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Dale Cridlan

Key clients

AIG Europe

HCC Tokio Marine



The firm

Norton Rose Fulbright is a global law firm. We provide the world’s preeminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. We have more than 4000 lawyers and other legal staff based in more than 50 cities across Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Africa.

Areas of Practice

Recognized for our industry focus, we are strong across all the key industry sectors: financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and healthcare. Through our global risk advisory group, we leverage our industry experience with our knowledge of legal, regulatory, compliance and governance issues to provide our clients with practical solutions to the legal and regulatory risks facing their businesses.

Wherever we are, we operate in accordance with our global business principles of quality, unity and integrity. We aim to provide the highest possible standard of legal service in each of our offices and to maintain that level of quality at every point of contact.

Norton Rose Fulbright Verein, a Swiss verein, helps coordinate the activities of Norton Rose Fulbright members but does not itself provide legal services to clients. Norton Rose Fulbright has offices in more than 50 cities worldwide, including London, Houston, New York, Toronto, Mexico City, Hong Kong, Sydney and Johannesburg. For more information, see


We have offices in the world’s most important business, financial and regulatory centres and are active in strategically important growth markets. Our offices are located in Amsterdam, Athens, Austin, Bahrain, Bangkok, Beijing, Brisbane, Brussels, Calgary, Canberra, Cape Town, Casablanca, Dallas, Denver, Dubai, Durban, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Houston, Istanbul, Jakarta (in association with Norton Rose Fulbright Australia), Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Luxembourg, Melbourne, Mexico City, Milan, Minneapolis, Monaco, Montréal, Moscow, Munich, New York, Ottawa, Paris, Perth, Piraeus, Port Moresby, Québec, Rio de Janeiro, Riyadh (in association with Mohammed Al-Ghamdi Law Firm), San Antonio, San Francisco, São Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore, St Louis, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, Vancouver, Warsaw and Washington, DC. In Africa, we have alliances with firms in Kenya, Uganda, Burundi and Zimbabwe

Number of partners (worldwide): 1,000+
Number of other fee-earners (worldwide): 2,000+

Total staff: 7,500+

Global Key Contacts

Financial institutions: James Bateson
Energy: Anne Lapierre and John Mauel
Infrastructure, mining and commodities: Nick Merritt
Transport: Harry Theochari
Technology: Nick Abrahams
Life sciences and healthcare: Stacey Martinez and Randy Sutton


Department Name Email Telephone
Financial institutions Steve Chemaly
Financial institutions Maria Philippides
Energy Jackie Midlane
Infrastructure, mining and commodities Georg Kahle
Infrastructure, mining and commodities Lilian Githinguri
Infrastructure, mining and commodities Keith Mukami
Transport Andrew Robinson
Technology Rohan Isaacs
Life sciences and healthcare Marianne Wagener
Other offices : Amsterdam
Other offices : Athens
Other offices : Austin
Other offices : Bahrain
Other offices : Bangkok
Other offices : Beijing
Other offices : Bogotá
Other offices : Brisbane
Other offices : Brussels
Other offices : Calgary
Other offices : Canberra
Other offices : Cape Town
Other offices : Caracas
Other offices : Casablanca
Other offices : Dallas
Other offices : Dar es Salaam
Other offices : Denver
Other offices : Dubai
Other offices : Durban
Other offices : Frankfurt
Other offices : Hamburg
Other offices : Hong Kong
Other offices : Houston
Other offices : Istanbul
Other offices : Jakarta (in association with Norton Rose Fulbright Australia)
Other offices : London
Other offices : Los Angeles
Other offices : Luxembourg
Other offices : Melbourne
Other offices : Mexico City
Other offices : Milan
Other offices : Minneapolis
Other offices : Monaco
Other offices : Montréal
Other offices : Moscow
Other offices : Munich
Other offices : New York
Other offices : Ottawa
Other offices : Paris
Other offices : Perth
Other offices : Piraeus
Other offices : Port Moresby
Other offices : Québec
Other offices : Rio de Janeiro
Other offices : Riyadh (in association with Mohammed Al-Ghamdi Law Firm)
Other offices : San Antonio
Other offices : San Francisco
Other offices : São Paulo
Other offices : Shanghai
Other offices : Singapore
Other offices : St Louis
Other offices : Sydney
Other offices : Tokyo
Other offices : Toronto
Other offices : Vancouver
Other offices : Warsaw
Other offices : Washington, DC
Other offices : In Africa, it has alliances with firms in Kenya, Uganda, Burundi and Zimbabwe.