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Energy & Natural Resources

6 ranked lawyersBand 2South AfricaGlobal 2021 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Prominent mining department, particularly renowned for its health and safety practice. Also recognised for its handling of diverse transactional mandates, including power and infrastructure work for key industry players. Frequently advises local and overseas mining clients on acquisitions, divestitures and regulatory compliance. Equally well versed in contentious work.

Strengths

Clients enthuse: "The firm is capable of dealing with a wide range of legal matters with obvious competitive strength."

Work highlights

Advised South32 on the disposal of its South African thermal coal business.

Notable practitioners

Celeste Coles is well regarded for her handling of investigations and accident inquiries in the mining space. She frequently carries out review applications and appeals before courts in South Africa. Clients refer to her as "very good at helping on the movement of operations"in the mining industry.

Lloyd Christie acts at the intersection of the mining and environmental spaces. Handling technical mandates involving both corporate and regulatory considerations, sources consider him to be "extremely knowledgeable and confident," adding: "He is direct and always understands the issues before rushing in."

Up-and-comer Ntsiki Adonisi-Kgame is noted for her growing reputation within the mining space. She handles mandates on behalf of local and international organisations covering due diligence, coal share agreements and share disposals. Sources enthuse: "She is very good at dealing with conventional legal matters and engaging effectively with people."

Firm COO Otsile Matlou is well versed in the mechanics of the corporate mining space. His practice encompasses the full gamut of matters, including acquisitions, restructuring and BEE transactions.

Pieter Colyn is considered an "expert in the game"by peers in this space. He is best known for his work in relation to mining and occupational health and safety law, and is frequently sought out by major mining corporations for counsel on accident investigations and inquires.

Willem le Roux is renowned as a leader with respect to his handling of health and safety matters arising from mining operations and his knowledge of related legislation. He represents a host of producers in both investigative and litigious matters.

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Overview

Natural resources are driving the growth and development which is transforming Africa, and we are proud to be at the coalface of this dynamic space on the continent.

ENSafrica works at the nexus of renewable and non-renewable energy, mining, the environment, sustainability and commerce, and we thrive in creating innovative legal solutions to suit the needs of your business.

We have the capacity to undertake a multifaceted array of work across the African continent, where legislation and regulation are becoming increasingly stringent and are impacting on industrial and business strategies in a world facing the challenges of limited resources and climate change.

Our key differentiator is that we combine a deep understanding of the legal, commercial, financial and regulatory aspects and a very strong technical expertise and understanding of natural resources.

We have a solid reputation for acting on large, complex, high-profile energy and mining transactions, and we are renowned for our ability to manage risk and leverage opportunities amid environmental concerns.

Recent work highlights:

  • Investigation and accident inquiry following the death of six employees in an underground fire at a prominent mining company.
  • Comment on amendments to the South African Occupational Diseases in Mines and Works Act and the South African Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act.





Members

Christie, Lloyd (Head of Department)

le Grange, Eric (Head of Department)

Matlou, Otsile (Head of Department)

Adonisi-Kgame, Ntsiki

Energy & Natural Resources

ENSafrica

firm
Location

The MARC | Tower 1

129 Rivonia Road

Sandton

P.O Box 783347

South Africa

2196

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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

Energy & Natural Resources: Mining


Lloyd Christie
Band 3
Ntsiki Adonisi-Kgame
Up and Coming
Otsile Matlou
Eminent Practitioners

Energy & Natural Resources: Mining: Health & Safety


Celeste Coles
Up and Coming
Pieter Colyn
Band 1
Willem le Roux
Band 1