Firm Profile > Webber Wentzel > Johannesburg, South Africa

Webber Wentzel
90 RIVONIA ROAD, SANDTON
JOHANNESBURG 2196,
PO BOX 61771, MARSHALLTOWN 2107
South Africa

Banking and finance Tier 1

Webber Wentzel has one of the largest teams in South Africa, covering both domestic and English law-governed financings. It also has a highly-developed debt capital markets practice led by Karen Couzyn, which includes mainstream debt offerings, equity-linked programmes and asset-backed securitisations. The firm has achieved growth in restructuring and business rescue, preference share funding, asset finance and has maintained a strong flow of acquisition and leveraged finance deals. Moreover, the firm has a substantial financial services regulation team led by four partners, including Johann Scholtz and Dawid de Villiers.  Muhammad Sader heads the banking and finance group and is close to a number of South Africa's top lenders and private equity houses. Khurshid Fazel is a leader in preference share funding and is at the forefront of the restructuring segment. Scott Edmundson  remains a leading figure in aviation finance. Mark Kyle has left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Muhammad Sader; Johan Henning; Karen Couzyn

Other key lawyers:

Johann Scholtz; Dawid de Villiers; Khurshid Fazel; Kathy Shepherd; Ryan Nelson; Scott Edmundson

Testimonials

‘I get the feeling that they really care about who you are as a person and are motivated to achieve the desired results. ’

‘High quality and engaged partners who are very well versed in local and international market norms, while applying best practice and maintaining high standards.’

‘Customer engagement and proactiveness.’

‘The team goes above and beyond for their clients.’

‘Khurshid Fazel is by far the best lawyer I have ever worked with. Her technical ability combined with her commercial understanding makes her a dream to work with. ’

‘Special mention to Khurshid Fazel and her preference share expertise, which spans a deep knowledge of tax and corporate law as well as commercial practice.’

‘Scott Edmundson is very experienced, knowledgeable and responsive.’

‘Attention to detail, excellent service delivery and value add to the client’s businesses. Commercial understanding of banking and client requirements, pragmatic approach to issues.’

Key clients

FirstRand Bank Ltd (acting through its Rand Merchant Bank division), Nedbank Ltd, Absa Bank Ltd, Old Mutual Specialised Finance, Future Growth and others.

Rand Merchant Bank and HSBC

The Standard Bank of South Africa, Ltd, Nedbank Ltd, FirstRand Bank Ltd (acting through its Rand Merchant Bank division) Bank of Montreal and BNP Paribas

Triple Flag Mining Finance Bermuda

J.P. Morgan Equities South Africa Proprietary Limited

Nedbank

UBS Bank

MTN Group Limited

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Webber Wentzel arguably stands alone with its number of highly rated corporate and M&A specialists. Allied to this is a significant market share of headline and transformational M&A and private equity engagements. Corporate restructurings and large-cap equity capital markets (ECM) offerings also forms a key part of the practice. It also represents many of South Africa's leading corporates, across a range of industries, coupled with a number of multinationals and private equity houses. Sally Hutton, Christo Els and Gareth Driver are amongst the leading figures in private equity and M&A in South Africa. Jesse Watson and Ziyanda Ntshona are just two examples of a formidable younger generation of partners within the ranks. Alison Mills is noted for mining sector M&A, while Adam Ismail is a key figure in Cape Town. Lilia Franca and Justin Roberts have joined from Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr.

Practice head(s):

Safiyya Patel

Other key lawyers:

Sally Hutton; Christo Els; Gareth Driver; Colin du Toit; Warren Drue; Mark Phillips; Jesse Watson; Ziyanda Ntshona; Alison Mills; Madelein Burger; Adam Ismail; Annabel Parry; Haydn Davies; Lilia Franca

Testimonials

‘The consistency of high quality service from all teams and team members makes WW stand out.’

‘The team is very agile and responsive. They also demonstrate a solutions approach to issues and challenges’

‘Ziyanda Ntshona is a great leader and I have enjoyed seeing her mentor some of her more junior colleagues – impressive!’

‘Annabel Parry consistently delivers a fully committed and extremely high standard of service and approaches complexity and challenges on projects with a balance of innovative thinking, exceptional technical knowledge and proactive and collaborative solution generation.’ 

‘Haydn Davies was a pivotal contributor to getting a critical deal over the line for us under immense time pressure. His collaborative assertiveness was complimented by the purchasers and he was an asset to our team in resolving many challenging points of debate and in helping build a relationship between the parties involved.’

Key clients

Naspers Limited

Anglo Operations (Proprietary) Limited

Omnia Group Proprietary Limited

EOH Consulting (Pty) Ltd

African Mining and Trust Company Limited

Bushveld Minerals SA (Pty) Ltd

Ethos Private Equity (Pty) Ltd

Investec Bank Limited

MultiChoice Group Limited

Mondi Limited

Assore

Goldfields

MTN Group Limited

Competition Tier 1

Webber Wentzel has remained at the forefront of merger notifications, market inquiries and prohibited practice matters, including matters involving agenda-setting decisions of the Competition Appeal Court. In the South African Competition Commission's investigation into price fixing amongst foreign currency traders, it deployed four separate teams to represent four different banks. Daryl Dingley leads the team, which includes senior figures Desmond RudmanRobert Wilson and Martin Versfeld.

Practice head(s):

Daryl Dingley

Other key lawyers:

Desmond Rudman; Robert Wilson; Martin Versfeld; Burton Phillips; Clare-Alice Vertue

Testimonials

‘They understand their clients’ business well and are able to advise on the law taking into account our line of business.’

‘A go-to firm for South Africa matters. They are very knowledgeable about South African law and procedure, and have good contact within the local legal community. ’

‘Webber Wentzel provides a personal service. I have been using this firm for the past nine years and it is the personal touch that I appreciate.’

‘Martin Versfeld understands our business and shows a personal interest in our company. His advise takes into consideration the business side of the legal question and not only the legal consequences. He is trustworthy, has integrity and always goes the extra mile.’

‘Martin Versfeld is very easy to work with, extremely responsive, careful not to step into client decisions while offering up many and varied options and solutions to draw from. Pragmatic and cost conscious.’

Clare-Alice Vertue is a clever and thoughtful lawyer, able to work through lots of detail and get to the important stuff. Never comments for the sake of it, rather concentrates on adding points of value.

Key clients

Anglo American

Oceana Group

Mondi Group

Murray & Roberts

St Gobain

British Airways / Comair

JP Morgan

Heineken

British American Tobacco

MTN

Johannesburg Stock Exchange

Pioneer Foods Group

Standard Chartered

Bank of America

Commerzbank

Coca-Cola Beverages Africa

EOH Holdings

MultiChoice

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Webber Wentzel significantly reinforced its insurance litigation credentials by hiring a four-partner team from Norton Rose Fulbright led by Maria Philippides. Moreover, it substantially bolstered its standing in business rescue and insolvency with the recruitment of Julian Jones from Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr. The firm continues to be at the forefront of headline cases, including class actions in the mining industry. It is making a further impression in business crimes and investigations, cyber-crime cases and international arbitration. Trevor Versfeld has fantastic record in big-ticket cases, as does Nick Alp, notably in class action cases. Vlad Movshovich is gaining considerable market recognition along with emerging talent Sarah McKenziePriyesh Daya leads the group and is noted for cross-border disputes. Stuart McCafferty retired from the partnership in February 2020 but remains a consultant to the firm; he remains close to key client MTN and continues to be strategically involved in a number of class action cases.

Practice head(s):

Priyesh Daya

Other key lawyers:

Stuart McCafferty; Trevor Versfeld; Nick Alp; Vlad Movshovich; Sarah McKenzie; Julian Jones; Maria Philippides; Kathryn Gawith; Dario Milo

Testimonials

‘The practice is generally very responsive and attends to matters with the efficiency required by each circumstance. The practice is also excellent in handling matters with sensitivity when required and makes an effort to align with our requirements of work being completed at the right level with meaningful utilisation of junior lawyers.’

I find the team to be very proactive and willing to find solutions within the boundaries we have prescribed.’

‘Priyesh Daya is a very practical litigator with a keen focus on his clients’ operations.’

Key clients

Absa Bank

MTN Group

Anglo American

Cape Gate

Aquila Resources and Aquila Steel

Minaco

Deloitte & Touché

Naspers

Consol Glass

BCL Limited and BCL Investments

Palabora Copper

Gijima Holdings

SA Airlink / South African Airways

Framatome

Employment Tier 1

Webber Wentzel is at the forefront of the employment sector, handling some of the biggest-ticket and headline matters in South Africa. It continues to be noted for its prominence in mining sector matters, though has genuine expertise across multiple industries including consumer and retail, sports and financial services. The team has experienced an uptick in strategic advice linked to the COVID-19 pandemic and has represented clients in a series of corruption-related court applications. Johan Olivier leads the team and is a leading figure in mining employment issues, including matters regarding strikes. Nick RobbPamela Stein and Lizle Louw are also senior employment practitioners, while Dhevarsha Ramjettan is rated for consumer and retail expertise, and Eugene Phajane for mining sector matters.

Practice head(s):

Johan Olivier

Other key lawyers:

Nick Robb; Pamela Stein; Lizle Louw; Dhevarsha Ramjettan; Eugene Phajane; Kirsten Eiser; Mpumelelo Nxumalo; Jessica Braum; Nivaani Moodley 

Testimonials

‘Professionalism is key. Having a one stop practice with access to all aspects of law is fantastic. ’

‘The standout employment partners are Nick Robb and Pam Stein who have many years of experience and an excellent reputation in employment law.’

‘Nick Robb, in particular, displays great judgement in matters and is a skilled litigator. I hold him in high regard.’

‘Johan Olivier knows the mining industry very well. He is conversant with industry collective agreements and readily available after hours and over weekends and pubic holidays.’

‘Lizle Louw also knows the mining industry very well. She is very competent in drafting appropriate correspondence to trade unions in anticipation of possible litigation.’ 

Eugene Phajane has good interpersonal skills and he always puts himself in the shoes of the client.’

Key clients

Anglo American Platinum

Harmony Gold Mining Company

Impala Platinum

Royal Bafokeng Platinum

Mobile Telephone Networks

South African Airways Pilots Association

Ferrero South Africa

Microsoft

Ivanplats

Primedia

Investment funds Tier 1

Webber Wentzel has a highly-specialised investment funds practice that is closely tied to the firm's leading tax and corporate transactional teams. The firm frequently acts for fund managers in South Africa and across the continent, along with international fund managers looking to invest in Africa. Its client list is unrivalled. Nicole Paige is highly regarded and leads the team that includes funds specialists Ashford Nyatsumba and Michael Denenga.

Practice head(s):

Nicole Paige

Other key lawyers:

Ashford Nyatsumba; Michael Denenga  

Testimonials

‘Proactive and respectful, putting the client first.’

‘The service and industry knowledge provided by the funds team has always been of a very high standard.’

‘Deep understanding of the private equity market in South Africa and international precedents. Good team chemistry, provides an ability to get the job done using a team approach. Client centric, responsive and diligent.’

‘The level of expertise was outstanding. Extremely commercially-minded approach as opposed to just applying the law.’ 

‘This team is terrific due to its depth and breadth of knowledge. They worked with us on the initial fund formation and they have worked with us continually since then so they have all the institutional memory. They also have a breadth of awareness of market terms and latest trends given their many other clients.’

‘Ashford Nyatsumba has strong commercial awareness. He can bring his commercial knowledge to a discussion before it is asked for.’

‘Nicole Paige and her team provide simple solutions to complex problems and are able to translate this into the documentation in a manner that assists negotiations with investors. The advice is balanced and well-informed.’

Key clients

Adiwale Partners

Africa Capitalworks Holdings

Africa Rainbow Capital

African Infrastructure Investment Managers

Alitheia IDF

Alterra Capital

ARCH Emerging Markets Partners

Ashburton Investments

Ata Capital

Capitalworks Investment Partners

Convergence Partners

Ethos Capital

Ethos Mezzanine Partners

Ethos Private Equity

Industrial Development Corporation (IDC)

Investec Bank Limited

Knife Capital

Metier Investment Group

Old Mutual Private Equity

Pembani Remgro

RMB Westport Fund Managers

SA SME Fund

Sanlam Private Equity

Secha Capital

South Suez Capital

Stanlib Asset Management

Takura Capital

Vantage Capital Partners

Mining Tier 1

Webber Wentzel is deeply embedded in the mining sector. It has a raft of partners and attorneys who are either solely focused on the industry or spend the vast majority of their time dealing with mining sector clients. This ranges from mining law and regulatory matters, mining M&A, and employment matters to project finance and environmental concerns. The prestige and breadth of its client base is hard to match. Manus BooysenJonathan Veeran and Rita Spalding are leaders in mining law and regulatory matters, while Bruce Dickinson has an unrivalled record in mining M&A and corporate transactions. Kate Collier is noted for health and safety and Garyn Rapson for environmental matters. Giada Masina has joined from Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Veeran; Rita Spalding

Other key lawyers:

Manus Booysen; Bruce Dickinson; Kate Collier; Garyn Rapson; Giada Masina  

Testimonials

‘A very professional team, with extensive experience and diverse expertise in the mining industry. The practice offers a ‘one-stop shop’ for clients. The professionals work well together as a team, providing clients with an integrated and holistic approach to legal advice.’

‘Practical, effective, efficient, timeous and cost effective legal advice is critical to support an in-house counsel in this day and age. Many of the professionals at Webber Wentzel have demonstrated these qualities in their service delivery to us.’

‘Bruce Dickinson gets on top of issues extremely quickly and is able to guide us in our decision-making with his intimate knowledge of the law as it applies to our mining operations. Very personable, delivers on his promises timeously and is our go-to man for anything thorny.’

‘Manus Booysen is our key lawyer and he is really outstanding.’

‘Manus Booysen is always available to us, even on short notice. Correspondence is answered in a timely fashion.’

Key clients

Africoal

Afrimat

AfriSam

Anglo American

Aquila Resources

Assore

Bushveld Minerals

Dynamic Mining

Exxaro Resources

Fraser Alexander

Glencore

Gold Fields

Great Dyke Investment

Harmony Gold

Ikwezi

Impala Platinum

Ivanplats

Khoemacau Copper Mine

Moolmans

Northam Platinum

Omnia/BME

Raubex

Rio Tinto

Royal Bafokeng Platinum

SAIL Group

Sasol Mining

SepFluor

Seriti Resources

Sibanye-Stillwater

Siyanda Resources

South32

Stefanutti Stocks Mining Services

Tshipi

Universal Coal

Vedanta

Vergenoeg

Projects and infrastructure Tier 1

Webber Wentzel has a younger and perhaps more dynamic team than some of its competitors. It is at the forefront of many energy and infrastructure segments, including embedded generation projects in South Africa, Namibia, Ghana and Mali. Moreover, it has seen growth in oil and gas pipeline, storage terminal and refinery projects in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Ghana and Uganda. Its long client list of sponsors, project companies and lenders, illustrates the high regard that the team has developed. Johannesburg-based Jason van der Poel is a prominent name in the sector.

Other key lawyers:

Jason van der Poel

Testimonials

‘The team makes an effort to understand what the client’s needs are and thus are able to provide the best legal advice.’

‘The WW team consistently draft well laid-out, easily understandable agreements that address all the necessary considerations, thereby demonstrating their knowledge and expertise.’

‘Great professional and human team. Great dedication, knowledge and experience.’

‘Sector knowledge, legal thoroughness, creativity and commercial practicality.’

‘Jason van der Poel has immersed himself in the industry and he is therefore in a unique position to combine his knowledge of the sector with his legal knowledge/skills/expertise. I believe that this sets him apart.’

‘Jason van der Poel is excellent and the advice he offers is very much directed at a positive commercial outcome. He is available when needed and will ensure that he delivers within the set timelines.’

Key clients

Actis

Enel Green Power

Pembani Remgro Investment Managers

Standard Bank of South Africa

Nedbank

The Development Bank of Southern Africa

Absa

BioTherm Energy

Astron Energy

Cupric Canyon/Khoemacau Copper Mining

Karpower

Acciona Energy

Lekela Power

Anglo American and Group Companies

Sasol

Hulisani

Metier Sustainable Capital Fund II

Sola Group

Grupo Cobra South Africa

Lebalelo Water User Association

Industrial Development Corporation

Rio Tinto

responsAbility investments and Global Climate Partnership Fund

Sturdee Energy

Sedgeley Solar Saver South Africa

Interwaste

Mota-Engil Engenharia e Construcao Africa

Shipping and transport Tier 1

Webber Wentzel has a highly credible shipping practice, along with leading expertise in aviation, road and rail. The firm continues to impress in shipping arrests, collisions, casualty responses and vessel charter disputes. It is also at the forefront of asset finance in the aviation, maritime and rail sectors. Andre Bowley is an experienced maritime lawyer and Gavin Fitzmaurice is at the forefront of maritime litigation and port law. Patrick Holloway is another seasoned maritime litigation expert and has a fine international reputation. Scott Edmundson  is a leading figure in asset finance, notably across the aviation, rail and maritime industries.

Practice head(s):

Andre Bowley; Gavin Fitzmaurice; Patrick Holloway; Scott Edmundson; Neerasha Singh

Testimonials

‘Webber Wentzel has been proactive, provide us with regular updates and provide us with as clear and comprehensive advice as possible.’ 

‘Full scope of shipping services offered. Great knowledge of the law and procedure, good contacts across the sector.’

‘They are the firm that I will go to first out of the various maritime firms in South Africa. They are very good on the law, easy to deal with, commercial and practical and creative when it comes to finding solutions.’

‘Patrick Holloway stands out, not simply because his knowledge of the law and procedure is impressive, but he is commercially minded and approachable. Put simply, he is a charmer who turns into a fighter when he needs to. His vast experience of both the judges and opponent lawyers is an added benefit.’

‘Patrick Holloway is very quick to react and takes on the task at hand as though it was his own problem to solve.’

‘Andre Bowley was very analytical, straightforward to deal with, very engaged and responsive and available literally 24/7.’

‘Andre Bowley is a top quality black-letter lawyer. Many of his contemporaries are all to quick to pass the buck to counsel. Andre doesn’t. A pleasure to work with.’

‘Andre Bowley is excellent and very highly regarded. He is extremely knowledgeable on the law, creative, commercial, easy to deal with and will always make himself available. He gets results and is hugely liked by clients.’

Key clients

Hayfin Services

P&I Associates South Africa (The London P&I Club)

Durban Coal Terminal Company

Hellenic Bank Public Company

Anglo Atlantic Chartering

Transnet National Ports Authority

Siem Shipping UK

Balance Catamarans

Union Bank of India (UK)

Finergy Petroleum SA

Pequod Associates

Absa Bank

Swissport South Africa

Tax Tier 1

Webber Wentzel has further cemented its fine standing in the tax sector, most notably in relation to private equity and M&A-related matters, international tax, disputes and transfer pricing. The firm has an outstanding client base of South African and multinational corporates, financial institutions and private equity funds. The tax team continues to be especially active in corporate and private equity transactions. Accountant Brian Dennehy is a leading figure in the private equity taxation space, and Anne Bennett is a preeminent international tax planning specialist. Chartered accountant Graham Viljoen is also rated for M&A, buyouts and fund formation. Nina Keyser is well-regarded for tax disputes.

Practice head(s):

Brian Dennehy; Graham Viljoen

Other key lawyers:

Anne Bennett; Nina Keyser; Kyle Beilings; Lumen Moolman

Testimonials

‘The team is very commercial and solution orientated.’

They are able to differentiate between remote risks that need to be flagged but not necessarily mitigated and those issues that require immediate attention.

They are proactive in moving directly to either solutions or alternatives. They recognise that there is limited value in discussing why something can’t be done.

‘Graham Viljoen is commercial and solution orientated. He is willing to go the extra mile and look beyond the scope of work requested. He has often been able to come up with creative solutions to problems we have faced.’

‘Graham Viljoen has a detailed knowledge of tax legislation and combines this with an outstanding command of corporate finance.’

‘Brian Dennehy is a strategic thinker with vast knowledge and experience and an ability to design a solution for a strategic plan.’

‘Kyle Beilings is a technical legal expert who ensures robustness of any solution and engages extremely well with external counsel for opinions.’

‘Lumen Moolman has excellent technical skills and an ability to be flexible in modelling solutions.’

Key clients

Anglo American

African Mining and Trust Company

Sappi

MIH Holdings

The Coca Cola Company

African Infrastructure Investment Managers

Old Mutual

Ethos

Actis

Capitalworks

Construction Tier 2

Webber Wentzel's burgeoning standing in the construction sector is evident in its work on mining capital projects. The construction team is also active in the broader energy and infrastructure segment, including in the oil and gas sector, and has achieved further growth in healthcare projects. Alessandra Pardini and Tyron Theessen now head the team as part of a shift to a younger and more construction-specialist driven practice. While both are principally noted for front-end matters, they are supported by a number of senior disputes experts that have built genuine expertise in the construction industry; Sarah McKenzie is a prime example.

Practice head(s):

Alessandra Pardini; Tyron Theessen

Other key lawyers:

Sarah McKenzie

Testimonials

‘Multifaceted and sector skilled.’

‘Excellent people, efficient execution and highly commercial.’

‘Deep understanding of the commercial landscape within the sector, very pragmatic in solving solutions.’

‘It is unique due to its team approach and in depth expertise. With this, all angles are considered and a best approach is proposed with action/delivery following shortly thereafter.’

‘The individuals are smart, but not smug, they are confident in their abilities and knowledgeable experts in their fields.’  

Key clients

Netcare

Khoemacau Copper Mining

Oil Tanking Mogs Saldanha

Tshipi É Ntle Manganese Mining

Nordex

Oiltanking Grindrod Calulo

Anglo American including Anglo American Platinum, Kumba Iron Ore and De Beers Consolidated Mines

Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire

Astron Energy

Liberty Two Degrees

Lebalelo Water Association

Great Dyke Investments

Sola Group including Sola Build

Fraser Alexander

ABB Power Grids

DBT

Dynamic Mining

Stefanutti Stocks Holdings

Framatome

BioTherm Energy

The Development Bank of Southern Africa

Standard Bank

Interwaste

Black Mountain Mining

Sedgeley Solar Saver

Intellectual property Tier 2

Webber Wentzel remains a leading player in commercial and transactional IP, including cross border and multi-jurisdictional engagements. It further expanded its offering to include patent litigation with the hire of consultant Tim Ball from Brian Bacon & Associates Inc in 2019. Cape Town partner Leanne Mostert leads the IP department and has a fine record in commercial matters, including IP exchange control issues. Bernadette Versfeld is a key figure in IP litigation.

Practice head(s):

Leanne Mostert

Other key lawyers:

Bernadette Versfeld; Tim Ball

Testimonials

‘Webber Wentzel’s advice was decisive which I really appreciated. They guided us through South African IP law with ease.’

‘Bernadette Versfeld is fantastic. Not only did we get a good result against a business infringing our designs, but Bernadette also alerted us to some companies which infringed our trade marks. I really appreciated Bernadette’s proactive approach and advice. ’

‘Bernadette Versfeld proactively looks for potential uses of our marks without waiting for a trademark application to be published. Bernadette also makes the client feel that they are important. Bernadette has made a conscious effort to maintain contact and connect with her clients at trademark conferences. ’

‘Leanne Mostert is a game-changer in the IP field. She certainly knows how to advise beyond a client’s initial query. Her years of experience is clearly evidenced in the advice she provides which extends beyond legal knowledge.’

‘Leanne Mostert is very engaging and brings clarity to complicated matters.’

Key clients

Forever New

Paisley Brands

Infrasalience

Isazi Consulting

Tidy Files

Leapfrog Investments Holdings

Silver Street Capital

Envisionit Capital Solutions

Envisionit E-Pay

Envisionit Deep AI

Alaris Antennas

Inverroche and Laurenskrik

Air Traffic and Navigation Services

Mylan Pharmaceuticals

Anglo American

Budweiser Budvar, National Corporation

Cibecs International / Datafox

Clickatell

Coricraft Group

Danone (Compagne Gervais Danone and Danone Southern Africa

De Beers

Emirates

Lixil Africa

Haribo and RiGO Trading

JSE

Kevro Trading

Tourvest

Microsoft

Monsanto

Multichoice Africa

Naspers Group (including ShowMax)

Private equity companies such as Actis, Ethos and Carlyle

Qantas Airways

RecoMed

Froneri South Africa Proprietary Limited

Shield Chem

Real estate Tier 2

Webber Wentzel's real estate practice has stood up to the economic downturn and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Johannesburg team led by Mark McIntosh has seen renewed activity in renewable energy project-related work and an uptick in student accommodation engagements. Sulani Jooste's group in Cape Town has experienced growth in rezoning real estate, notably converting office buildings into residential accommodation. Offloading and portfolio reduction has been a continuing theme too. Former Cape Town partner Zunaid Rawoot has left to launch his own practice.

Practice head(s):

Sulani Jooste; Mark McIntosh

Testimonials

‘WW always delivers, especially on time sensitive matters. Quality and expertise is displayed in all interactions.’

‘The team is well-versed in real estate matters and is always willing to assist with logical well thought-out recommendations. The quality of the team and its offering is outstanding.’

‘Sulani Jooste keeps us informed every step of the way. She is proactive and always delivers on time.’

‘Sulani Jooste is client focused and exceeds our exceptions. She is professional and treats each deal with the utmost integrity.’ 

‘Mark McIntosh has the ability to find a workable solution under the most testing of circumstances, but most importantly allows business to continue. Mark‘s legal knowledge coupled with his business acumen and ability allows him to come up with the most innovative and commercially sound solutions.’ 

‘Mark McIntosh is driven, customer-centric and always willing and able to provide a well-thought out solution to any legal quagmire.’ 

Key clients

Investec Bank

FirstRand Bank

ABSA Bank

Standard Bank

Nedbank

Inospace Proprietary  and Dealcommerce Property Fund

The Brooklyn Project

Klapmuts Engineering

IRes Group

Nordic Light Properties

Bushveld Minerals South Africa

Hosken Consolidated Investments

The Badenhorst Group

Orcinus Properties

Chambers and Promenade Real Estate

Sulnisa Property Holdings

The firm:  With over 150 years of experience and industry knowledge, Webber Wentzel is the leading full-service law firm on the African continent. They combine the collective knowledge and experience of their firm to provide clients with seamless, tailored and commercially-minded business solutions within record times.

They value excellence and innovation and work with their clients to help them achieve success in whatever they do. Their passion to help their clients achieve their goals shows in the quality of the delivery of their service. They aim to add value in everything they do and to be the trusted adviser to their clients.

Their alliance with Linklaters and deep relationships with outstanding law firms across Africa provide clients with the best expertise wherever they do business.

They believe in making a positive contribution to the communities in which they work and  are proud to call themselves home to one of South Africa’s most long-standing, dedicated pro-bono practices. They are committed to promoting access to justice for all South Africans, upholding the Constitution and protecting the rule of law. Their Corporate Social Investment initiatives also focus on supporting initiatives and projects that promote access to justice, education and access to education and socio-economic development.

As a firm, they are committed to transformation and diversity.  They are an accredited Level 2 broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE) contributor and are engaged in a number of initiatives aimed at driving transformation and inclusivity within their organisation, the legal sector and society.

Department Name Email Telephone
Administrative law Glenn Penfold glenn.penfold@webberwentzel.com +27115305220
Banking and finance Muhammad Sader muhammad.sader@webberwentzel.com +27115305269
Business rescue and restructuring Khurshid Fazel khurshid.fazel@webberwentzel.com +27115305587
Capital markets Jesse Watson jesse.watson@webberwentzel.com +27115305811
Competition Daryl Dingley daryl.dingley@webberwentzel.com +27115305285
Corporate/M&A Ziyanda Ntshona ziyanda.ntshona@webberwentzel.com +27115305823
Corporate investigations Nick Alp nick.alp@webberwentzel.com +27115305339
Dispute resolution Priyesh Daya priyesh.daya@webberwentzel.com +27115305358
Employment Johan Olivier johan.olivier@webberwentzel.com +27115305194
Intellectual property Leanne Mostert leanne.mostert@webberwentzel.com +27214317344
International arbitration Nick Alp nick.alp@webberwentzel.com +27115305339
Investment funds Nicole Paige nicole.paige@webberwentzel.com +27115305857
IT and telecommunications Peter Grealy peter.grealy@webberwentzel.com +27115305218
Media and broadcasting Peter Grealy peter.grealy@webberwentzel.com +27115305218
Private equity Nicole Paige nicole.paige@webberwentzel.com +27115305857
Projects Alexandra Cluver alexandra.cluver@webberwentzel.com +27214317379
Real estate Sulani Jooste sulani.jooste@webberwentzel.com +27214317184
Regulatory (including financial) Johan Henning johan.henning@webberwentzel.com +27115305385
Tax Brian Dennehy brian.dennehy@webberwentzel.com +27115305998
Transfer pricing Anne Bennett anne.bennett@webberwentzel.com +27115305886
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Brett Abraham  photo Mr Brett Abraham Partner
Mr Nick Alp photo Mr Nick Alp Partner
Mr Robert Appelbaum  photo Mr Robert Appelbaum Partner
Ms Desiree Bayman photo Ms Desiree Bayman Partner
Mr Kyle Beilings  photo Mr Kyle Beilings Partner
Ms Anne Bennett photo Ms Anne Bennett Partner
Ms Ashleigh Blair  photo Ms Ashleigh Blair Partner
Mr Manus Booysen photo Mr Manus Booysen Consultant
Mr Andre Bowley  photo Mr Andre Bowley Partner
Ms Jessica Braum photo Ms Jessica Braum Partner
Ms Madelein Burger  photo Ms Madelein Burger Partner
Ms Mehnaaz Bux  photo Ms Mehnaaz Bux Partner
Mr Rashaad Carrim  photo Mr Rashaad Carrim Partner
Ms Tahera Cassim  photo Ms Tahera Cassim Partner
Ms Mandy Claassens  photo Ms Mandy Claassens Partner
Ms Carla Collett  photo Ms Carla Collett Partner
Ms Kate Collier photo Ms Kate Collier Partner
Mr Kenneth Coster  photo Mr Kenneth Coster Partner
Ms Karen Couzyn photo Ms Karen Couzyn Partner
Mr Dylan Cron  photo Mr Dylan Cron Partner
Mr Paul Crosland  photo Mr Paul Crosland Partner
Mr Haydn Davies  photo Mr Haydn Davies Partner
Mr Priyesh Daya  photo Mr Priyesh Daya Partner
Ms Pooja Dela  photo Ms Pooja Dela Partner
Mr Michael Denenga photo Mr Michael Denenga Partner
Mr Brian Dennehy  photo Mr Brian Dennehy Director
Mr Bruce Dickinson  photo Mr Bruce Dickinson Partner
Mr Daryl Dingley photo Mr Daryl Dingley Partner
Mr Mongezi Dladla  photo Mr Mongezi Dladla Partner
Mr Gareth Driver photo Mr Gareth Driver Partner
Mr Warren Drue photo Mr Warren Drue Partner
Mr Colin Du Toit photo Mr Colin Du Toit Partner
Mr Garth Duncan  photo Mr Garth Duncan Partner
Mr Scott Edmundson photo Mr Scott Edmundson partner
Ms Kirsten Eiser photo Ms Kirsten Eiser Partner
Mr Christo Els  photo Mr Christo Els Senior Partner
Ms Khurshid Fazel  photo Ms Khurshid Fazel Partner
Ms Alexandra Felekis  photo Ms Alexandra Felekis Partner
Mr Gavin Fitzmaurice  photo Mr Gavin Fitzmaurice Managing Partner – Cape Town
Mr Jon Forman  photo Mr Jon Forman Partner
Ms Lilia Franca photo Ms Lilia Franca Partner
Ms Kathryn Gawith photo Ms Kathryn Gawith Partner
Mr Matthew Gibson  photo Mr Matthew Gibson Partner
Mr Igno Gouws  photo Mr Igno Gouws Partner
Mr Peter Grealy  photo Mr Peter Grealy Partner
Mr Seraj Haroun  photo Mr Seraj Haroun Partner
Ms Jacqui Harvey  photo Ms Jacqui Harvey Partner
Mr Moray Hathorn  photo Mr Moray Hathorn Partner
Mr Johan Henning  photo Mr Johan Henning Partner
Mr Kevin Hillis  photo Mr Kevin Hillis Partner
Ms Ziningi Hlophe  photo Ms Ziningi Hlophe Partner
Mr Christopher Holfeld  photo Mr Christopher Holfeld Partner
Ms Sally Hutton  photo Ms Sally Hutton Managing Partner
Ms Megan Jarvis photo Ms Megan Jarvis Partner
Ms Carey-Anne Jennings  photo Ms Carey-Anne Jennings Partner
Mr Julian Jones  photo Mr Julian Jones Partner
Mr Charl Jonker photo Mr Charl Jonker Partner
Ms Merlita Kennedy  photo Ms Merlita Kennedy Partner
Ms Nina Keyser photo Ms Nina Keyser Partner
Mr Mzukisi Kota  photo Mr Mzukisi Kota Partner
Mr Cor Kraamwinkel  photo Mr Cor Kraamwinkel Partner
Ms Janine Lamb  photo Ms Janine Lamb Partner
Mr Katlego Lebea  photo Mr Katlego Lebea Partner
Ms Lizle Louw photo Ms Lizle Louw Partner
Mr Mlu Mahlangu  photo Mr Mlu Mahlangu Partner
Ms Venashrie Mannar  photo Ms Venashrie Mannar Partner
Ms Lindi Marais  photo Ms Lindi Marais Partner
Mr Thabang Masingi  photo Mr Thabang Masingi Partner
Ms Nomsa Mbere  photo Ms Nomsa Mbere Partner
Mr Stuart McCafferty photo Mr Stuart McCafferty Consultant
Mr Mark McIntosh photo Mr Mark McIntosh Partner
Ms Sarah McKenzie  photo Ms Sarah McKenzie Partner
Mr Craig Miller  photo Mr Craig Miller Partner
Ms Alison Mills  photo Ms Alison Mills Partner
Mr Dario Milo  photo Mr Dario Milo Partner
Ms Nozipho Mngomezulu  photo Ms Nozipho Mngomezulu Partner
Mr Prathik Mohanlall  photo Mr Prathik Mohanlall Partner
Ms Mmadika Moloi  photo Ms Mmadika Moloi Partner
Ms Nivaani Moodley photo Ms Nivaani Moodley Partner
Mr Vlad Movshovich photo Mr Vlad Movshovich Partner
Ms Carine Murphy  photo Ms Carine Murphy Partner
Ms Gillian Niven  photo Ms Gillian Niven Partner
Ms Ziyanda Ntshona photo Ms Ziyanda Ntshona Partner
Mr Mpumelelo Nxumalo  photo Mr Mpumelelo Nxumalo Partner
Mr Ashford Nyatsumba  photo Mr Ashford Nyatsumba Partner
Mr Leroux Odendaal  photo Mr Leroux Odendaal Partner
Mr Johan Olivier photo Mr Johan Olivier Partner
Ms Nicole Paige  photo Ms Nicole Paige Partner
Ms Alessandra Pardini photo Ms Alessandra Pardini Partner
Ms Annabel Parry  photo Ms Annabel Parry Partner
Ms Safiyya Patel  photo Ms Safiyya Patel Partner
Ms Natasha Pather  photo Ms Natasha Pather Partner
Mr Glenn Penfold  photo Mr Glenn Penfold Partner
Mr Eugene Phajane photo Mr Eugene Phajane Partner
Ms Maria Philippides  photo Ms Maria Philippides Partner
Mr Mark Phillips photo Mr Mark Phillips Partner
Mr Burton Phillips  photo Mr Burton Phillips Partner
Mr Daniel Rafferty  photo Mr Daniel Rafferty Partnerr
Mr Dhevarsha Ramjettan  photo Mr Dhevarsha Ramjettan Partner
Mr Garyn Rapson  photo Mr Garyn Rapson Partner
Ms Shirleen Ritchie  photo Ms Shirleen Ritchie Partner
Mr Nick Robb photo Mr Nick Robb Consultant
Mr Justin Roberts  photo Mr Justin Roberts Partner
Mr Desmond Rudman photo Mr Desmond Rudman Consultant
Mr Ghassan Sader  photo Mr Ghassan Sader Partner
Mr Muhammad Sader  photo Mr Muhammad Sader Partner
Mr Johann Scholtz photo Mr Johann Scholtz Partner
Mr Kathy Shepherd photo Mr Kathy Shepherd Partner
Ms Angela Simpson  photo Ms Angela Simpson Partner
Ms Prelisha Singh  photo Ms Prelisha Singh Partner
Ms Nirvasha Singh  photo Ms Nirvasha Singh Partner
Ms Neerasha Singh  photo Ms Neerasha Singh Partner
Ms Sandra Sithole  photo Ms Sandra Sithole Partner
Ms Rita Spalding photo Ms Rita Spalding Partner
Ms Pamela Stein photo Ms Pamela Stein Partner
Mr Michael Straeuli  photo Mr Michael Straeuli Partner
Ms Lisa Swaine  photo Ms Lisa Swaine Partner
Ms Zelda Swanepoel  photo Ms Zelda Swanepoel Partner
Ms Asmita Thakor  photo Ms Asmita Thakor Partner
Mr Tyron Theessen photo Mr Tyron Theessen Partner
Mr Thapelo Thekiso  photo Mr Thapelo Thekiso Partner
Ms Caroline Theodosiou  photo Ms Caroline Theodosiou Partner
Ms Tamryn Theunissen photo Ms Tamryn Theunissen Partner
Mr Raynold Tlhavani  photo Mr Raynold Tlhavani Partner
Ms Gitte Truter  photo Ms Gitte Truter Partner
Mr Shawn Van Der Meulen photo Mr Shawn Van Der Meulen Partner
Mr Jason Van Der Poel photo Mr Jason Van Der Poel Partner
Mr Chetan Vanmali  photo Mr Chetan Vanmali Partner
Mr Jonathan Veeran photo Mr Jonathan Veeran Partner
Mr Trevor Versfeld photo Mr Trevor Versfeld Partner
Ms Bernadette Versfeld photo Ms Bernadette Versfeld Partner
Mr Martin Versfeld photo Mr Martin Versfeld Partner
Mr Graham Viljoen photo Mr Graham Viljoen Director
Ms Erin Warmington  photo Ms Erin Warmington Partner
Mr Jesse Watson  photo Mr Jesse Watson Partner
Mr Robert Wilson photo Mr Robert Wilson Partner
Ms Kirsten Wolmarans  photo Ms Kirsten Wolmarans Partner
Mr Damian Wright  photo Mr Damian Wright Partner
Mr Martin Yudaken  photo Mr Martin Yudaken Partner
Mr Leslie de Bruyn  photo Mr Leslie de Bruyn Partner
Mr Dawid de Villiers  photo Mr Dawid de Villiers Partner
Mr Hendrik du Preez  photo Mr Hendrik du Preez Partner
Number of lawyers : 400+
English
Dutch
French
German
Portuguese
Contacts : Christo Els (senior partner)
Contacts : Sally Hutton (managing partner)
Other offices : Cape Town

The firm: Founded in 1868, Webber Wentzel is a leading full-service law firm providing clients with innovative solutions to their most complex legal and tax issues across Sub-Saharan Africa. With over 450 lawyers, their multi-disciplinary expertise is consistently ranked top-tier in leading directories and awards, both in South Africa and on the African continent. Their collaborative alliance with Linklaters and their deep relationships with outstanding law firms across Africa provide clients with market-leading support wherever they do business. Webber Wentzel was named South Africa Law Firm of the Year at the Chambers Africa Awards 2021.

They believe in making a positive contribution to the communities in which they work and  are proud to call themselves home to one of South Africa’s most long-standing, dedicated pro-bono practices. They are committed to promoting access to justice for all South Africans, upholding the Constitution and protecting the rule of law. Their Corporate Social Investment initiatives also focus on supporting initiatives and projects that promote access to justice, education and access to education and socio-economic development.

As a firm, they are committed to transformation and diversity.  They are an accredited Level 1 broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE) contributor and are engaged in a number of initiatives aimed at driving transformation and inclusivity within their organisation, the legal sector and society.

Department Name Email Telephone
Administrative law Glenn Penfold glenn.penfold@webberwentzel.com +27115305220
Banking and finance Muhammad Sader muhammad.sader@webberwentzel.com +27115305269
Business rescue and restructuring Khurshid Fazel khurshid.fazel@webberwentzel.com +27115305587
Capital markets Jesse Watson jesse.watson@webberwentzel.com +27115305811
Competition Daryl Dingley daryl.dingley@webberwentzel.com +27115305285
Corporate/M&A Ziyanda Ntshona ziyanda.ntshona@webberwentzel.com +27115305823
Corporate investigations Nick Alp nick.alp@webberwentzel.com +27115305339
Dispute resolution Priyesh Daya priyesh.daya@webberwentzel.com +27115305358
Employment Johan Olivier johan.olivier@webberwentzel.com +27115305194
Intellectual property Leanne Mostert leanne.mostert@webberwentzel.com +27214317344
International arbitration Nick Alp nick.alp@webberwentzel.com +27115305339
Investment funds Nicole Paige nicole.paige@webberwentzel.com +27115305857
IT and telecommunications Peter Grealy peter.grealy@webberwentzel.com +27115305218
Media and broadcasting Peter Grealy peter.grealy@webberwentzel.com +27115305218
Private equity Nicole Paige nicole.paige@webberwentzel.com +27115305857
Projects Jason van der Poel jason.vanderpoel@webberwentzel.com +27115305201
Real estate Sulani Jooste sulani.jooste@webberwentzel.com +27214317184
Regulatory (including financial) Johan Henning johan.henning@webberwentzel.com +27115305385
Tax Brian Dennehy brian.dennehy@webberwentzel.com +27115305998
Transfer pricing Anne Bennett anne.bennett@webberwentzel.com +27115305886
Number of lawyers : 450+
English (fluent)
Dutch
French
German
Portugese
Afrikaans
Contacts : Christo Els (senior partner)
Contacts : Sally Hutton (managing partner)

We believe that justice should be equal for all and, as a firm, we fight to protect human rights and safeguard the rule of law. In a country where the majority of our people face major economic and social challenges, it is important that the firm does what it can to assist in improving the lives of all South Africans. Our focus is on education, access to justice and economic development – whether it be through providing free legal services to various organisations and communities, or having a ‘hands on’ approach to develop communities through our CSI projects. We are involved in a number of initiatives that specifically advance black law professionals outside the firm including the Webber Wentzel Empowerment Trust which is an independent trust, established as one of our empowerment efforts with the mandate and objectives to provide sustainable opportunities for aspiring Black legal professionals. The firm also provides opportunities for our staff to participate in social, economic and environmental initiatives through our employee volunteerism program. We collaborate with government and private sector stakeholders to effect change within the wider legal profession. We are members of Business Leadership South Africa which focuses on advancing a modern, inclusive and growing economy; upholding the Constitution and protecting the integrity of the state; and demonstrating that business is a national asset central in addressing poverty, unemployment, economic injustice and workplace transformation. Being a responsible and contributing corporate citizen is a key component of our overall business strategy at Webber Wentzel and through our values we strive to develop a culture that celebrates diversity.