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Norton Rose Fulbright
South Africa

Construction Tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc has an exceptional record in front-end and disputes work; it is especially noted for renewable energy projects, including solar projects, and is now working on a range of front-end engagements around Africa. Gary Rademeyer has an outstanding reputation in front-end and disputes work, while Tony Chappel is experienced in construction disputes.

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright has led the insurance dispute market for many years and is further developing its standing in commercial litigation,  investigations and anti-corruption, mining disputes and class actions. Jeffrey Kron is a leader in mining disputes, including silicosis class actions, and Tony Chappel is a seasoned professional liability expert. Andre Vos now heads the commercial litigation department and leads the investigations and anti-corruption practice. Former banking litigation leader Aslam Moosajee has joined ENSafrica and Michael Hart has retired to become a consultant.

Mining Tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright has a strong mining practice with market-leading expertise in mining law, mining M&A, regulatory issues and disputes. It is at the forefront of procurement and black economic empowerment (BEE) issues, and community-related advisory matters and disputes. The group is active across the mineral range, most notably in coal, iron ore and platinum and is seeing growth in battery materials. Clients praise the team's industry knowledge with Michael Dale an expert of mining law and Kevin Cron a leader in mining M&A, who is commended for his 'knowledge and experience'. Georg Kahle provides further M&A expertise, while Andre Vos and Jeffrey Kron are prominent mining-sector litigators.

Projects and infrastructure Tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright is known for its lender-side roles and it is leveraging these relationships to advise on a growing number of projects outside of South Africa, including those in Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Uganda. Having been at the forefront of South Africa's renewable energy programme, it is now increasingly active in secondary market deals in this segment. Mining, rail and hospital projects are also growth areas. The team is praised for its 'dedication, availability and business-oriented approach'. Jackie Midlane is an outstanding project finance specialist, as is Gregory Nott, while Lizel Oberholzer is noted for her oil and gas expertise.

Banking and finance Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright has an active and broad-based practice that continues to impress in cross-border financings, preference share fundings, restructurings, trade and commodity finance, project finance and regulatory issues. The team has worked on a series of headline restructurings. Jackie Midlane is a top banking and project finance lawyer and Steven Gamble is recommended for cross-border financings. Former department head Riza Moosa left to launch his own firm.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright continues to impress in mining, financial services, telecoms and BEE transactions, and secondary M&A renewables deals. Kevin Cron  is 'a sublime corporate lawyer' and Ross Lomax is recommended for renewables deals. Georg Kahle is noted for mining transactions.

Competition Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright has maintained an impressive market share of engagements in cartel and price-fixing cases, market inquiries and other enforcement matters. The team is noted for its industry knowledge and experience in regulatory investigations. Marianne Wagener leads the team, which includes Mark Griffiths and Rosalind Lake.

Employment Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright has an impressive mix of parastatal and private sector work with a fine record in mainstream employment issues such as transfers and mergers, retrenchments, restructurings and executive dismissals. Murray Alexander leads the team, which includes Mohammed Chavoos and Karen Ainslie. Former department head Hermann Nieuwoudt has joined the bar.

Real estate Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright has a substantial real estate team across its Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban offices. The group has been at the forefront of land-issues relating to South Africa's renewable energy programme. It also has an established presence in corporate leases and major real estate developments. Pieter Niehaus heads the department.

Shipping and transport Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright is feted for its insurance-driven practice and is further developing its status in commercial shipping, customs and liability work. It is also increasingly active in rail infrastructure, cargo terminals and toll road concessions across Africa. Andrew Robinson heads the transport practice, which includes Malcolm Hartwell, who leads the shipping and casualty response group. Heather Manson heads the aviation department.

Intellectual property Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright fields a small IP team that acts for a sizeable number of multinational clients with IP interests across the continent. The department handles a mix of commercial, portfolio management and contentious work.

Investment funds Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright has a solid background in private equity, hedge funds and collective investment schemes. It is especially noted for South Africa-based hedge funds, along with infrastructure and energy funds, and black economic empowerment private equity funds. Shawn Barnett is the key name.

Tax Tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright has notable strength in tax disputes, exchange control issues, international tax matters, and tax aspects linked to renewable energy projects. Dale Cridlan leads the team and has advised AIG Europe on a number of warranty and indemnity issues related to acquisitions and disposals.


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.