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

Firm Overview:
ENSafrica is Africa’s largest law firm, with over 600 practitioners, and more than 200 years of experience in highlevel, complex commercial work. The firm’s focus is on what’s best for the client and striving for excellence, in both offering and service. ENSafrica is committed to providing clients with cost-effective outcomes by ensuring work is done at the right level, and in the manner that best suits clients’ preferences and pricing structures.

While many recognise the unique opportunities for trade, investment and growth that Africa represents, predicting in-country and across-region risks is not easy, particularly given the rate of exponential change impacting multiple indicators, whether economic, political, technological or social. ENSafrica is an independent law firm with fully integrated offices across Southern, West and East Africa and Mauritius. The firm offers clients many years’ accumulated know-how and solid experience, whether doing business in-country or cross-continent, helping to minimise risk and leverage business opportunities across Africa.

ENSafrica has lawyers qualified to practise English, French and OHADA law, as well as practitioners who are fluent in African and international languages, including Mandarin, Cantonese, French, Portuguese and Swahili. The firm also has a dedicated Asia practice group.

Through the financial services centre of Mauritius, ENSafrica also offers a unique possibility to integrate all aspects of structuring clients’ investments in relation to all commercial areas of law, tax, IP and fiduciary.

Key Sectors:
■ Financial Services (including banking)
■ Energy, Mining & Infrastructure
■ Retail (including FMCG)
■ Technology (including telecommunications)

Key Practice Areas:
■ Corporate Commercial/M&A
■ Banking & Finance
■ Capital Markets: Debt & Equity
■ Infrastructure, Project Development & Project Finance
■ Regulatory: Anti-trust/Competition, Mining, Health & Safety, & Environment

Recent Work:
■ Advising Barclays Africa Group Limited on its complex and high-profile GBP765-million separation from Barclays plc, which spans the United Kingdom and 10 African countries
■ Acted as lead counsel to leading African communications company Vodacom Group Limited in its transformative cross-border acquisition of a 34.94% indirect interest in the premier East African telecommunications operator, Safaricom Limited, valued at ZAR35-billion
■ Advised Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV (“AB InBev”) on its USD106-billion acquisition of the entire issued share capital of SABMiller plc, which triggered merger notification obligations in a number of jurisdictions globally, including Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, Swaziland and Zambia
■ Acting for investment companies First Global Funds Limited PCC and Weston International Asset Recovery Company Limited in a USD829-million lawsuit, believed to be the largest in Mauritian courts to date and which forms part of one of the biggest fraud cases in the African/Asian region
■ Advising Southern African FMCG giant Tiger Brands Limited on the strategic protection, maintenance and enforcement of its 2 000+ trade marks and other IP assets across 95 jurisdictions
■ Advised energy and commodities company Vitol Upstream Ghana Limited and its parent company on the development and financing of the Offshore Cape Three Points integrated oil and gas facility and the sale of gas. This USD7.6-billion project is, arguably, the biggest gas investment in the West African sub-region
■ Acting as lead South African legal advisor to global precious metal mining group Sibanye Gold Limited in its USD2.65-billion transformative cross-border acquisition of NYSE-listed Stillwater Mining Company, the only United States PGM miner
■ Advised Vodacom Tanzania Public Limited Company on the largest IPO on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange to date, and one of the first listings of a telecommunications company on the exchange, valued at TZS476-billion
■ Advised the largest non-food retailer in South Africa, the Edcon Group, on its complex ZAR28-billion debt restructure, which involved operations in several African jurisdictions
■ Advised RMB Ventures Seven (Pty) Limited and Investec Asset Management on the acquisition of retail and consumer goods company Kamoso Distribution, in what is believed to be Botswana’s largest private equity deal to date
■ Acting for the Transnet Second Defined Benefit Fund and the Transport Pension Fund in a novel and precedent-setting ZAR60-billion class action in South Africa
■ Advised GML Investissement Ltée and Ireland Blyth Limited on their MUR40-billion amalgamation, which involved 100+ companies across nine industries and created the largest conglomerate in Mauritiu


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