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Tax

4 ranked lawyersBand 1South AfricaGlobal 2021 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Stellar department offering a deep bench experienced in handling a broad spread of tax issues, including disputes, transactions and corporate restructuring. Acts for a host of well-known foreign and domestic clients on sophisticated tax mandates across various industry sectors, especially financial services and food and beverages. Possesses significant experience working with tax authorities on regulatory matters. Well known for its strength in complex cross-border transactions.

Strengths

"They operate well as a team, bringing the best experience and expertise to bear," explained one source, adding: "They maintain close and trusted professional relationships."

Other commentators refer to the firm as "top notch" and "the best of the best."

Work highlights

Advised on the restructuring and refinancing of AfriSam.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Barry Garven continues to impress for his breadth of experience in tax structuring and disputes. He is rated highly by one commentator for his "litigation skills,""strong legal knowledge," and "procedural know-how."

Michael Rudnicki has considerable experience operating in the financial and private equity markets. He provides tax-related structuring advice on fund establishments, acquisitions, derivatives and financial instruments.

Mike Benetello provides tax support in a myriad of contexts, from advising banking clients on securitisation and debt programmes to corporate acquisitions and transfer pricing. A peer said: "I have a lot of respect for him and the gravitas he holds in the field of tax law." He joined Bowmans from ENSafrica in 2021.

Wally Horak provides a broad suite of tax services to clients, including structuring M&A transactions and investment funds, as well as providing guidance on regulatory issues. He continues to be widely regarded by peers as a leading practitioner.

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Overview

Our tax lawyers have knowledge based on years of experience and a depth and breadth of tax law skills that few are able to match. We provide tax efficient business solutions by combining this strength with commercial acumen.

Our services range from the tax aspects of corporate transactions to financial structuring and project finance matters to the tax implications of employment decisions. We also handle tax litigation and dispute resolution on behalf of our clients.

Our corporate, banking and finance and commercial lawyers work closely with our tax lawyers to ensure that all aspects of transactions (including mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, cross-border investment structures and corporate restructures) are thoroughly considered and planned.

We provide much sought after advice on all tax and regulatory aspects relating to international trade (imports, exports and local manufacturing of goods), particularly customs and excise tax and exchange control.

We represent taxpayers in negotiations with the tax authorities. Where necessary we lobby tax authorities and make representations on a wide range of issues relating to new legislation, obtaining directives and dispute resolution.

Our service extends to alternative dispute resolution proceedings where we regularly act on behalf of tax payers by lodging objections, appeals and review applications against tax assessments.

Members

Benetello, Mike

Bouwer, Aneria

Ellary, Samir

Garven, Barry

Horak, Wally

Makola, Mogola

Rudnicki, Michael

Strydom, Betsie

Williams, Patricia

Clients

AB InBev

Ethos Private Equity

Goldman Sachs

Macquarie Bank

Northam Platinum

Old Mutual

Sanlam

Standard Bank

Titan Group

Virgin Active

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Automobiles & Parts

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Education

Energy

Financial Services

Food & Drink Producers

Forestry & Paper

Government

Insurance

Media

Mining & Metals

Real Estate Finance

Retail

Software & Computer Services

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Technology, Hardware & Electronics

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Bowmans

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Location

11 Alice Lane

Sandton

P O Box 785812

Johannesburg

Gauteng

South Africa

2146

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Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

South Africa

Tax


Barry Garven
Band 2
Wally Horak
Band 1

Tax: Consultants


Michael Rudnicki
Band 2
Mike Benetello
Band 2