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South Africa

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

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.

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

Norton Rose Fulbright

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.

Leading individuals

Kevin Cron - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Competition - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

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.

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Construction - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc

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.

Leading individuals

Gary Rademeyer  - Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

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.

Leading individuals

Jeffrey Kron - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Employment - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

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.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

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. Likonelo Magagula leads the team.

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

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.

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Mining - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

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.

Leading individuals

Michael Dale - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

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.

Leading individuals

Jackie Midlane - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

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.

Leading individuals

Pieter Niehaus - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Shipping and transport
Shipping and transport - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

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.

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Tax - ranked: tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright

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.

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