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With over 150 years of experience and industry knowledge, Webber Wentzel is a leading full-service law firm on the African continent.
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Senior Partner: Christo Els

Number of partners: 150+

Number of lawyers: 450+

Languages: English, Dutch, French, German, Portuguese, Afrikaans

Firm Overview: 

Founded in 1868, Webber Wentzel is a leading full-service law firm providing clients with innovative solutions to their most complex legal and tax issues across Sub-Saharan Africa. With over 450 lawyers, their multi-disciplinary expertise is consistently ranked top-tier in leading directories and awards, both in South Africa and on the African continent. Their collaborative alliance with Linklaters and their deep relationships with outstanding law firms across Africa provide clients with market-leading support wherever they do business. Webber Wentzel was named South Africa Law Firm of the Year at the Chambers Africa Awards 2022, was awarded Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Initiative of the Year at the 2021 African Legal Awards, and won the Women Empowerment in the Workplace award at the 9th Gender Mainstreaming Awards.

Practice Areas 

Administrative Law

Banking & Finance

Business Rescue & Restructuring

Capital Markets

Competition

Corporate/M&A

Corporate Investigations

Dispute Resolution

Employment

Intellectual Property

International Arbitration

Investment Funds

IT & Telecommunications

Media & Broadcasting

Projects

Real Estate

Regulatory (including Financial)

Tax

Transfer Pricing

Sectors 

Agribusiness, Food & Beverage

Energy & Infrastructure

Engineering & Construction

Financial Services

Fintech

Hospitality & Leisure

Industrials

Mining

Private Equity & Strategic Investors

Retail

Telecommunications, Media & Technology

Transport

Recent high profile matters include acting for/advising;

  • DP World in its proposed acquisition of JSE-listed Imperial Logistics by way of a scheme of arrangement for an aggregate consideration of c.ZAR 12.7 billion.
  • Transnet National Ports Authority in defending claims (estimated to be in excess of USD 200 million) arising out of the grounding and total loss of the cape-size bulk carrier MV "Smart".
  • Lebalelo Water User Association in considering the construction, regulatory and financing options for undertaking the extended ZAR 3 billion dam and pipeline infrastructure project.
  • Northam Platinum on one of the largest BEE transactions in the South African mining sector and its acquisition of 32.8% interest in Royal Bafokeng.
  • My Octopus Teacher, the Best Documentary Feature winner at the 93rd Academy Awards.
  • Anglo American on its internal reorganisation including the separation of Anglo Group's South African "thermal coal" assets and business operations from the group's remaining assets and subsequent demerger and listing of those assets on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and the London Stock Exchange.
  • A major global broker in South Africa on its placement of assets insurance and the response of those policies following the July 2021 riots in South Africa.
  • amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism in a successful constitutional challenge to aspects of the surveillance laws in South Africa.
  • FirstRand Bank (acting through its Rand Merchant Bank division) in the landmark structured ZAR 8.45 billion sustainability-linked loan for Mediclinic South Africa. This is the first syndicated loan arranged by an African bank, and the largest sustainability-linked loan to date in Africa.
  • Sasol South Africa in relation to bids for the design, finance, construct, operate, maintain and own Solar Photo-Voltaic (PV) facilities and their associated connection infrastructure to supply 10MW of power to Sasol’s Secunda facilities and another 10MW of power to Sasol’s Sasolburg facilities.
  • Grobank (to be renamed as Access Bank (South Africa) in respect of an investment by Access Bank Plc (a major commercial bank registered in Nigeria) over two tranches in Grobank.
  • JSE in respect of the establishment of a new clearing house specifically dedicated to the clearing of over-the counter derivative transactions, which will be the first clearing house of its kind in South Africa.
  • Pioneer Foods in respect of PepsiCo's indirect acquisition of Pioneer Foods – the merger was approved subject to several public interest commitments, including the implementation of an employee incentive scheme for the benefit of PepsiCo's South African employees. Post-merger PepsiCo appointed us to assist with various disposals and to implement the agreed public interest commitments. This included the establishment of a South African Trust to hold foreign equity. A first of its kind in South Africa.
  • CDC, the UK’s development finance institution and one of the largest impact investors in Africa, in relation to some competition aspects of its USD 36 million investment into Divercity Urban Property Fund.
  • The sponsors relative to the establishment and subsequent closings of the ARCH Cold Chain Solutions East Africa Fund, a fund established to invest in opportunities in the temperature-controlled supply chains in East Africa, comprising storage, distribution and related services.
  • Actis on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Octotel for ZAR 2,3 billion as well as a significant minority stake in RSAWeb.
  • Liberty Holdings during the acquisition by Standard Bank of its entire issued share capital.
  • Prosus in its acquisition of a 49% interest in Naspers through the implementation of a capital restructure.
  • Northam Platinum with the acceleration of the maturity and wind up of its 2015 empowerment transaction with Zambezi Platinum, and the implementation of an extended BEE transaction.

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Nicole Paige
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Jason van der Poel
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Glenn Penfold
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Lionel Egypt
Band 3
Michael Evans
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Mzukisi Kota
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Top Ranked Lawyers

Senior Statespeople
David ScholtzDispute Resolution
Stuart McCaffertyDispute Resolution
Manus BooysenEnergy & Natural Resources: Mining
Eminent Practitioners
Christo ElsCapital Markets: Equity
Christo ElsCorporate/M&A
Band 1
Glenn PenfoldAdministrative & Public Law
Karen CouzynCapital Markets: Debt
Gareth DriverCorporate/M&A
Sally HuttonCorporate/M&A: Private Equity
Trevor VersfeldDispute Resolution
Bruce DickinsonEnergy & Natural Resources: Mining
Marius DiemontEnvironment
Nicole PaigeInvestment Funds
Peter GrealyIT & Telecommunications
Dario MiloMedia & Broadcasting
Glenn PenfoldPublic Procurement
Mark McIntoshReal Estate

Ranked Offices

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South Africa

Cape Town

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Head Office

90 Rivonia Road, Sandton

PO Box 61771, Marshalltown, 2107

Johannesburg

Gauteng

South Africa

2196

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