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Chairperson: Michael Katz
Chief Executive: Mzi Mgudlwa
Number of practitioners: 600+
Languages: 40+

Firm Overview:
With over 600 practitioners and more than 200 years of experience, ENSafrica is Africa’s largest law firm. It provides legal and tax services across sub-Saharan Africa and are committed to ensuring work is done in the manner that best suits its client’s risk profile, preferences and pricing structures. ENSafrica’s specialist divisions include Africa regulatory and business intelligence, Asia, tax and IP. In addition, its artificial intelligence division is able to provide in-depth know-how, be it for purposes of corporate governance and information protection, due-diligence, e-discovery, data analytics and/or market understanding. ENSafrica has lawyers qualified to practise English, French and OHADA law, as well as practitioners who are able to converse in various languages, including Mandarin, Cantonese, French and Portuguese. Through the financial services centre of Mauritius, ENSafrica also offers a unique possibility to integrate all aspects of structuring its client’s investments in relation to all commercial areas of law, tax, IP and fiduciary.

Main Areas of Practice:
■ African regulatory and business intelligence
■ Agribusiness
■ Asia
■ Aviation
■ Banking and finance
■ Broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE)
■ Competition/anti-trust
■ Corporate commercial
■ Dispute resolution
■ Employment
■ Energy
■ Environment
■ Fiduciary
■ Fintech
■ Forensics
■ Immigration
■ India
■ Infrastructure
■ Insolvency, restructuring and business rescue
■ Insurance
■ Intellectual property (IP)
■ IntelligENS
■ International arbitration
■ Mine and occupational health and safety
■ Mining
■ Natural resources and environment
■ Private clients
■ Private equity
■ Pro bono and corporate social investment
■ Project development and project finance
■ Real estate/property
■ Shipping, ports and logistics
■ Tax
■ Technology, media and telecommunications (TMT)

Recent Work:
■ ZAR35-billion acquisition by the Vodacom Group of a 34.94% stake in East African telecommunications operator Safaricom
■ USD2.5-billion acquisition of the Stillwater Mining Company in the United States of America by South Africa’s Sibanye Gold, transforming it into a global mining giant
■ USD1.05-billion acquisition by Sanlam Emerging Markets (Ireland), via a subsidiary joint venture with insurer Santam, of Moroccan financial services holding company Saham S.A. and Saham Finances S.A., which operates in 33 countries across Africa, Europe and the Middle East, with merger notifications in numerous countries
■ ZAR52-billion divestment of Absa from Barclays by Barclays Bank plc, involving Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, the United Kingdom and Zambia
■ ZAR38.8-billion restructure of the Distell Group’s multi-tiered ownership and Capevin’s interest in Distell
■ ZAR21-billion broad-based black economic empowerment ownership scheme by Sasol and Sasol South Africa
■ ZAR11.9-billion disposal of Unilever South Africa’s margarine and spreads business in Southern Africa (Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia and South Africa) to Remgro’s nominee entity, KKR
■ USD300-million disposal of South African assets by AngloGold Ashanti to Coreland Property Investment Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Harmony Gold Mining Company
■ Acquisition by Investec Asset Management and RMB Ventures Seven of 72% of shares in Kamoso Distribution which were owned by Standard Chartered Private Equity and Development Capital Partners
■ USD203.9-million disposal by global energy giant Engen of its operations in nine countries in sub-Saharan Africa


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