Koep & Partners

Windhoek Office

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Managing Partners: Willem Carel Kotze (Real Estate & Conveyancing), Irvin David Titus (Corporate & Commercial) Beate Karen Loch (Real Estate & Conveyancing), Stephen Vlieghe (Litigation & Dispute Resolution)
Number of partners: 4
Number of other lawyers: 11
Language: English, Afrikaans, German

Firm Overview:
Established in 1982, Koep & Partners is a leading Namibian law firm offering comprehensive, multifaceted legal services to clients with business interests in Southern Africa. The firm is a full-service law firm and offers a broad spectrum of expertise in all areas of the law ranging from banking and finance to mining and the energy sector. The diverse practice features prominently on general corporate and commercial work, mergers and acquisitions and project finance and has a significant presence in areas such as competition law, oil and gas law, property and real estate law as well as litigation and dispute resolution. Koep & Partners is the exclusive member firm in Namibia for Lex Mundi, the world’s leading network of independent law firms with in-depth experience in 100+ countries worldwide. The firm is also the exclusive Namibian member of Lex Africa, the first and largest alliance of law firms in Africa. Koep & Partners delivers a unique client experience, going beyond the application of law by partnering with the firm’s clients, providing ongoing support and advice based on trust and excellent professional integrity. By delivering highly specialised attention and establishing strong relationships with its clients, the firm gains an in-depth understanding of clients’ needs, enabling the firm to deliver innovative, tailor-made advice focused on providing solutions and the best possible outcome.

Main Areas of Practice:
M&A & Competition:

■ The firm’s transactions in this area range from small private acquisitions to advising on takeovers of companies in Namibia whose head offices are situated in South Africa, Australia, China, Europe and Canada
■ Advised Ohorongo on the proposed takeover of AfriSam Cement
■ The senior partner and one of the associates regularly publish on M&A and merger control in Namibia in Getting the Deal Through and The International Comparative Legal Guide
Contact: I D Titus, H M van den Berg
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Banking & Finance:
■ The firm represents two of the largest banks in Namibia. It also advises financial institutions on their loan transactions and mortgage policy
■ At least one partner of the firm attends seminars on an annual basis, in order to keep abreast of national and international developments
■ The firm also attends to major project finance, such as advising ABSA on the proposed takeover of Bank Windhoek
Contact: I D Titus, H M van den Berg
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

■ The firm regularly advises clients on environmental regulation, especially in respect of mining and oil and gas
■ The senior partner and one of the associates co-authored two chapters in a book on Namibian environmental law and policy and authored the Namibian chapter on this topic in The International Comparative Legal Guide Contact: I D Titus, H M van den Berg Email: [email protected], [email protected] Insurance:
■ The firm represents the largest insurance company in Namibia and in that process litigates on behalf of that client and advises the client on contracts and general insurance business
Contact: ID Titus
Email: [email protected]

Intellectual Property:
The firm specialises in the registration of trademarks, patents and copyright and litigation in respect of intellectual property
Contact: I D Titus, H M van den Berg
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Litigation & Arbitration:
The firm specialises in commercial litigation and has been involved in national arbitrations and alternative dispute resolution. The firm has a strong litigation and arbitration department that is frequently involved in cases before the High and Supreme Courts of Namibia. Some of the lawyers have participated in matters in the courts in South Africa
Contact: Stephen Vlieghe
Email: [email protected]

■ The firm represents leading mining companies, both those operating and those contemplating to invest in Namibia and regularly conducts due diligences on mining companies
■ The firm offers expert advice on all matters relating to mining, including due diligence reports
■ The senior partner and one of the associates regularly publish on mining law in international practice-orientated publications such as Getting the Deal Through and The International Comparative Legal Guide
■ The firm advised China Guangdong Nuclear Power Corporation on its take-over of Kalahari Minerals PLC and Extract Resources Limited and its subsequent negotiations with Epangelo Mining Company (Pty) Ltd, a state-owned company, for the acquisition by it of a shareholding in Swakop Uranium (Pty) Limited
Contact: I D Titus, H M van den Berg
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Oil & Gas:
■ The firm plays an active role in the development of law in the oil and gas sector by advising a major corporate client involved in this industry
Contact: I D Titus
Email: [email protected]

■ The firm advises on all aspects of general corporate law, including the drafting of contracts for Namibian and international clients
Contact: I D Titus
Email: [email protected]

Property & Real Estate:
■ The firm specialises in property law, transfer of properties and sectional titles and registration of mortgage bonds, as well as advising clients in respect of communal land and land reform
Contact: Beate Karen Loch, Willem Carel Kotze
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Employment & Labour:
■ The firm specialises in matters relating to Namibian employment law
■ Two of the associates contributed to the Namibian chapter on employment and labour law in The International Comparative Legal Guide
Contact: Stephen Vlieghe
Email: [email protected]

The firm represents companies in aviation and have also been involved in litigation relating to aviation matters.
Contact: I D Titus, Stephen Vlieghe
Email: [email protected], [email protected]