South Africa


Tax - South Africa


Band 1 | ENSafrica

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Basic facts about the department
- 23 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A leading tax practice known for its strong bench of advisers and breadth of knowledge. Offers expertise in the tax aspects of various investments and transactions as well as in dispute resolution. Experienced practitioners also handle VAT and transfer pricing matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Very thorough - they have picked up issues that I had missed."

Work highlights Advised Renova Group on the tax aspects of the restructuring of its South African mining operations.

Assisted DRDGOLD with an intercompany gold loan and related tax issues.

Notable practitioners  

Gerhard Badenhorst is a noted VAT specialist who is consulted by a wide range of clients for his expertise in this field.

Peter Dachs advises significant multinational clients on the taxation issues of their investments in South Africa and abroad.

Beric Croome is recognised for his expert representation in tax matters, including tax administration and dispute resolution. 

Robert Gad advises on M&A and corporate tax, as well as assisting clients with litigation.

Significant clients Anglo American, Credit Suisse, Pepkor, Absa Bank, Ethos.

Since publication, Gary Vogelman has moved in-house.

Band 1 | Webber Wentzel

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Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 18 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Frequently identified by market commentators as a go-to firm for tax matters. The team fields experts in M&A, international tax and private equity. Also advises on regulatory issues and dispute proceedings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A top-rate firm - they have a lot of practitioners and are good at what they do."

"Responsive and commercial." 

Work highlights Advised RMB Ventures on the tax aspects of its acquisition and restructuring of Bluff Meat Supply.

Assisted Actis Capital with tax structuring for its acquisition of Paycorp.

Notable practitioners  

Department head Anne Bennett advises on various transactions and is especially highly regarded for international tax planning.

One source described Mark Linington as "one of the leading lights" in private equity taxation matters. His recent highlights include several corporate restructuring mandates.

Significant clients Anglo American, Merrill Lynch, Sasol, SAPPI, Kagiso Tiso Holdings.

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Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Expertise in cross-border mandates, assisting both domestic and multinational corporations with transactions and restructuring. Provides ongoing tax advice to blue-chip clients. Well respected for the deep knowledge and experience of its bench.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Highly skilled, personable individuals who have a comprehensive knowledge of their specialist subject matter."

"Committed to client service." 

Work highlights Acted as tax adviser to Standard Bank on a derivative transaction by Black Economic Empowerment investors Safika and Shanduka.

Assisted Primedia with the tax aspects of its refinancing and restructuring.

Notable practitioners  

Cape Town-based Wally Horak is highly esteemed for his specialist tax advice on transactions and financial restructuring. Sources commend his "detailed knowledge of South African tax law."

Alan Keep receives praise for his good client service on a variety of transactions. He assisted Standard Bank with the taxation aspects of its abovementioned derivative transaction.

Significant clients SABMiller, Ethos Private Equity, Goldman Sachs, Sanlam.

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Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A valued provider of tax advisory services, from tax planning to transactions and dispute resolution. Extensive experience advising clients on South African Revenue Services (SARS) issues. An integrated offering with the firm's commercial and finance teams.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Values customer needs and works well within tight time deadlines."

"Commercially oriented to solve complex tax matters in a very efficient manner."

Notable practitioners  

National practice head Emil Brincker is rated as "one of the best tax lawyers in South Africa." Sources praise both his technical skills and client service: "His turnaround time is astonishing." 

Significant clients LG Electronics, FedEx, ADvTECH.

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Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 1 other qualified lawyer

What the team is known for A strong bench of tax specialists noted for its technical expertise in corporate tax, M&A and disposals. Represents domestic and international clients in local investments and offshore structuring.

What's new? Michael Honiball joined the team in early 2015 as head of international tax. He was previously at Webber Wentzel.

Work highlights Advised Transaction Capital on the tax structuring of its disposal of Paycorp.

Assisted the Tiber Group with the tax aspects of its buyout by Growthpoint Properties. 

Notable practitioners  

Ernest Mazansky impresses commentators with his extensive experience in transactional and restructuring mandates. One source described him as a "top-class tax guy."

Michael Honiball recently joined the firm as head of international tax, after leaving Webber Wentzel. He impresses major banking clients with his international tax expertise. He also advises on trusts and transfer pricing matters.

Doelie Lessing handles an array of private equity and investment structuring mandates and is considered a good pair of hands for cross-border tax planning.

Significant clients Investec, Netcare, Telesure Group, Palladino Holdings, Clover Industries.

Since publication, Patrick McGurk has retired from this practice.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Lionel Shawe recently joined the new Johannesburg office of Allen & Overy LLP after leaving Bowman Gilfillan. He is recognised for his extensive knowledge of tax legislation and the quality of his advice related to banking matters.

Richard Glyn of Glyn Marais Inc is recognised as a stalwart of the market. One client enthused: "He has excellent knowledge of tax legislation and the ability to advise on its practical application."

Ernie Lai King is a seasoned tax adviser who joined Hogan Lovells from ENSafrica in 2014. While at his previous firm, he assisted Shanghai Zendai Property with a ZAR1 billion property acquisition, including global tax structures. 

Andrew Wellsted leads the tax team at Norton Rose Fulbright. Commentators recognise his growing profile in the corporate and banking tax space.

Freek Van Rooyen of Shepstone & Wylie is a seasoned adviser on customs and excise issues and related litigation.

Ludwig Smith recently joined Taback & Associates (Pty) Limited after leaving Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr. He has extensive knowledge of the banking sector and excellent experience of the tax side of financial transactions.

Foreign Experts (Based Abroad)

Andrew Vergunst of McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP is a go-to adviser for both individuals and businesses thanks to his corporate tax knowledge of both the UK and South Africa. His international tax expertise is particularly sought after for estate planning and relocation issues.

Tim Newsome of RadcliffesLeBrasseur is a UK-based practitioner with experience advising on tax structures, trusts and investment in and out of South Africa.

Foreign Experts

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Senior Statesman

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Eminent Practitioners

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Other Noted Practitioners

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Other Noted Firms

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