Norton Rose Fulbright

Johannesburg Office

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CEO: Marelise van der Westhuizen
Number of partners: 68
Number of lawyers: 185
Languages: Afrikaans, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, isiZulu, isiXhosa

Firm Overview:
Norton Rose Fulbright is a global law firm providing the world’s preeminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. The firm has more than 4,000 lawyers and other legal staff based in more than 50 cities across Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Africa. Recognised for its industry focus, Norton Rose Fulbright is strong across all of the key industry sectors: financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and healthcare. Through the firm’s global risk advisory group, it leverages industry experience with sound knowledge of legal, regulatory, compliance and governance issues to provide its clients with practical solutions to the legal and regulatory risks facing their businesses. Wherever the firm is, it operates in accordance with Norton Rose Fulbright’s global business principles of quality, unity and integrity. The firm aims to provide the highest possible standard of legal service in each of its offices and to maintain that level of quality at every point of contact.

Main Areas of Practice:
Financial Institutions:

Norton Rose Fulbright has a prominent financial institutions practice with a thorough understanding of the commercial and regulatory environment of the financial services sector in South Africa and throughout Africa. The team advises many of the world’s leading banks, asset managers, financial investors and insurers and re-insurers. The firm’s blend of technical skill and innovation has resulted in a dynamic and industry-focused team committed to the highest standards of client service. This combination drives its involvement in a diverse range of work on some of the most high profile, complex transactions and disputes.
Contact: Steve Chemaly
Tel: +27 11 685 8896
Email: [email protected]
Contact: David Kapelus
Tel: +27 11 685 8708
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Craig Woolley
Tel: +27 31 582 5620
Email: [email protected]

Norton Rose Fulbright has one of the largest energy practices in South Africa. The team forms a crucial component of the wider Africa energy practice and provides international clients with a hub for assisting them in investing and developing energy projects in the region. The firm advises clients across all energy sectors – oil and gas, power, renewables, and nuclear. The firm represents a variety of financial institutions, international energy corporations, global infrastructure developers, government organisations, as well as state oil companies, international oil companies and utilities. Renewable energy companies and oil and gas providers look to Norton Rose Fulbright for in-depth experience in project structuring and development, financing options and solutions, and responsible investment and governance. The firm continues to support industry innovation as its clients push the boundaries of both technological and geographical advancement, from the largest and most advanced renewable energy projects in the world to the exploration of new frontiers.
Contact: Lizel Oberholzer
Tel: +27 21 405 1296
Email: [email protected]

Infrastructure, Mining & Commodities:
Norton Rose Fulbright has been leading in the South African mining sector for over 60 years, advising on mining rights and laws, buying, selling, financing and developing projects in the most important mining jurisdictions. The commodities team advises clients involved in every stage of the commodities cycle, from production and financing through to distribution. They act for a range of financial institutions, commodity producers, traders and corporates and the lawyers are renowned for their experience in a variety of structured commodity products, including soft commodities, oil and gas, and metals. The infrastructure team has an outstanding reputation in the construction and engineering sector, and can advise on all aspects of infrastructure projects, including transportation, water.
Contact: Georg Kahle
Tel: +27 11 685 8614
Email: [email protected]

Norton Rose Fulbright’s South African transport team forms an integral part of one of the world’s leading transport legal practices, offering skilled advice on all commercial and dispute related aspects of transport law. The practice’s lawyers provide ongoing advice to a range of high profile clients including ship owners, charterers, commodity traders, rail authorities, aircraft and rolling stock manufacturers, transport brokers, marine and aviation hull, cargo and liability insurers and brokers, terminal operators, warehousemen, and stevedores.
Contact: Malcolm Hartwell
Tel: +27 31 582 5622
Email: [email protected]

Technology & Innovation:
Norton Rose Fulbright’s South African technology and innovation team is recognised within the market for its strong presence in the sector. The firm’s lawyers act for a range of prominent clients including information technology, electronic commerce and retail, media, telecommunications, entertainment and auditing and consulting companies. Advising on the most innovative developments such as cryptocurrencies and cyber-crime, the team is at the forefront of technology-driven transactions and litigation.
Contact: Ross Forgan
Tel: +27 21 405 1213
Email: [email protected]

Life Sciences & Healthcare:
Norton Rose Fulbright’s South African lawyers provide leading M&A and corporate, commercial, regulatory, litigation and intellectual property support to the pharmaceuticals and healthcare sectors. The team also provides advice on the regulatory regime in relation to clinical trials. The medical law team is part of one of the largest national litigation and dispute resolution practice groups in South Africa. The team’s extensive experience in the insurance sector makes it well placed to provide dispute resolution and avoidance, risk management and regulatory advice to clients operating in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries.
Contact: Marianne Wagener
Tel: +27 11 685 8653
Email: [email protected]