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Baker McKenzie Johannesburg
South Africa

Banking and finance Tier 2

Baker McKenzie Johannesburg provides a strong combination of South African and English law expertise. It advises a range of local and international banks, DFIs and major corporate borrowers. It continues to be noted for project financings in the renewable energy segment. Head of the Africa practice Wildu du Plessis has worked on a range of market first-type transactions. Jen Stolp is rated for cross-border syndicated lending and project finance. Chris Hogan is noted for DCM, equity-linked and structured products. Structured trade finance specialist Lodewyk Meyer joined from Hogan Lovells (South Africa). Bridgett Majola, formerly a senior associate in the team.

Practice head(s):

Wildu du Plessis


Jen Stolp is a highly engaged and motivated partner, focused on cross-border finance and project finance work. She is consistent in her highly practical advice, she is a valued asset in driving deals and managing problems.

Key clients


Sibanye Gold

Aspen Pharmacare Holdings

Consolidated Infrastructure Group


FirstRand Bank

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Baker McKenzie Johannesburg is noted for both strategic M&A and private equity transactions. The excellent South Africa team is increasingly active in big-ticket cross-border M&A, including deals in the mining sector. Restructurings and asset disposals also feature strongly for the practice. Morné van der Merwe is a strong player in big-ticket M&A, including mining-sector transactions. Mike van Rensburg and Marc Yudaken are also rated, the latter gaining further prominence in private equity.

Practice head(s):

Morné van der Merwe


The firm has excellent Southern and East Africa experience, brilliantly led out of Johannesburg with seamless advice obtained from correspondent firms in various African jurisdictions in which we operate.

Mike van Rensburg is a general counsel’s ideal external law firm partner. He delivers pragmatic and timely expert advice in a manner and form that is digestible to the business and sensitive to the commercial realities of the industry and jurisdiction in which our businesses operate.

Marc Yudaken was always willing to go the extra mile in the interest of closing our deal.

Key clients


CBRE Group and Excellerate Holdings

MIH Ecommerce Holdings

Lvmh Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton

Aveng Africa

Projects and infrastructure Tier 2

Baker McKenzie Johannesburg has gained a considerable share of major South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa projects. It remains a key name for renewable energy, mining and LNG projects. Kieran Whyte is a leading figure, while Jen Stolp and Wildu du Plessis provide further senior-level project finance expertise.

Practice head(s):

Kieran Whyte

Key clients

Absa Bank

Rand Merchant Bank


Standard Bank


Competition Tier 3

Baker McKenzie Johannesburg's team is now led by Lerisha Naidu following the departure of Nick Altini to Herbert Smith Freehills South Africa LLP. It maintains a strong presence in both merger control and behavioural matters for a range of multinational businesses.

Practice head(s):

Lerisha Naidu


The team has an excellent ability to understand the case, the facts, the business details and the legal analysis.

The firm has a very plausible offering. It is strong in merger control and prohibited practices.

Lerisha Naidu is a rising star in the market, very clever and wise beyond her years.

Key clients


Bidvest Group

Archer Daniels Midland

CBRE Group

Platinum Equity Advisors

Employment Tier 3

Baker McKenzie Johannesburg's small team has extensive experience in employee relations, trade union bargaining, corporate reorganisations and multi-jurisdictional business transfers. Johan Botes leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Johan Botes

Mining Tier 3

Baker McKenzie Johannesburg has an outstanding record in cross-border M&A deals, joint ventures, asset disposals and BEE transactions. The Johannesburg office has played a pivotal role in a number of major global and cross-border deals. It also operates in most of the major mineral segments. Morné van der Merwe, Mike van Rensburg and Marc Yudaken are senior corporate partners that have extensive experience in the mining sector. Kieran Whyte and Wildu du Plessis are key names for projects and project finance in this sphere.

Practice head(s):

Morné van der Merwe

Key clients


Arcelor Mittal

Exxaro Resources

Aveng Africa


Impala Platinum

Tax Tier 3

Baker McKenzie Johannesburg has successfully built a broad service offering with notable strength in Africa-wide matters. The Johannesburg team works closely with colleagues in other offices, particularly those in Dubai, Casablanca and Cairo. The group has made a particular impression in cross-border corporate and transactional work, with additional growth in disputes and transfer pricing. The firm further broadened its offering with the hire of Virusha Subban from Bowmans to head the indirect tax practice. Stephan Spamer leads the department.

Practice head(s):

Stephan Spamer

Key clients

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton

Air Liquide Global E&C Solutions France

Teraco Data Environments

ArcelorMittal South Africa

Safair Operations

Dispute resolution Tier 4

Baker McKenzie Johannesburg is noted for compliance and investigations, including related court proceedings. International arbitration is another key and growing element of the practice. Darryl Bernstein leads the team and John Bell is noted for insolvency, business rescue and public procurement cases.

Practice head(s):

Darryl Bernstein

Key clients

Concor Holdings

Greg Senior

Kudumane Manganese Resources

Rioglass South Africa

Thabametsi Power Company

Glendal Trading

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Mr Darryl Bernstein  photo Mr Darryl Bernstein
Mr Kieran Whyte  photo Mr Kieran Whyte
Mr Wildu du Plessis  photo Mr Wildu du Plessis
Mr Morné van der Merwe  photo Mr Morné van der Merwe