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Senior Partner: Christo Els
Number of partners: 150+
Number of lawyers: 450+
Languages: English, Dutch, French, German, Portuguese, Afrikaans
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 2021.
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High profile matters include acting for/advising:
■ Assore in its acquisition from minority shareholders of the remaining 17,4% stake in Assore for ZAR 7.8 billion.
■ Omnia Holdings Limited in its disposal of the Oro Agri Group to Rovensa, SA (a Portuguese agricultural solutions and technologies company) for ZAR 2.5 billion.
■ AfriSam Group’s debt and equity restructure.
■ Actis in its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Octotel for ZAR 2.3 billion, as well as a significant minority stake in RSAWeb.
■ STANLIB Kenya on the disposal of its asset management business in Kenya & Uganda.
■ Capitalworks and other investors in respect of the regulatory, tax and private equity fund considerations of its (and other shareholders’) acquisition of all or a portion of the issued ordinary shares in Peregrine Holdings Limited.
■ As lead counsel in respect of the establishment of Metier Sustainable Capital International Fund II LP, an Africa focused private equity fund established to make investments in energy efficiency, renewables, water and waste management businesses and projects in Africa.
■ Numerous bidders and lenders in respect of bids into Department of Minerals and Energy’s Risk mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme.
■ A consortium led by Interwaste (as the preferred bidder) in the negotiations phase of The Garden Route District Municipality’s public private partnership for the development, design, finance, maintenance and operation of a new district regional landfill site, including alternative waste treatment technology and the provision of bulk transport services.
■ Rustenburg Platinum Mines, a wholly owned subsidiary of Anglo Platinum, on the procurement of an independent power producer to develop a solar PV facility to supply energy to the Mogalakwena Mine.
■ MTN Group Limited and three of its subsidiaries in defending a claim made against them by the major Turkish mobile operator, Turkcell Illetsim Hizmetleri AS and a subsidiary, East Asian Consortium BV in which an amount of USD 4.2 billion is being claimed as a result of MTN’s alleged improper and unlawful interference in the award of the first private GSM licence in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
■ Momentum Metropolitan Holdings on the disposal of a 3% stake in Momentum Metropolitan to the Momentum Metropolitan iSabelo Trust.
■ Absa Bank Limited in defending a High Court proceeding instituted by Vodacom Group Limited, in which Vodacom claims ZAR 3.5 billion from Absa pursuant to a guarantee concluded between the parties in terms of which Absa guaranteed the obligations of a subsidiary bank in Tanzania (NBC). This matter involves cross-border parties, Tanzanian law and complex questions concerning the execution of trades on the DSE.
This firm is also ranked in:FinTech 2021
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