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ENSafrica

ENSafrica  

Legal Services | South Africa


tel: +27 21 410 2500 | fax: +27 21 410 2555
1 North Wharf Square, Loop Street | Cape Town | 8001 | South Africa


ENSafrica's Overview

Peace of mind

What matters in today’s business environment are fast turnaround times and cost-effective solutions. ENSafrica is Africa’s largest law firm, with over 600 practitioners, and 100 years of experience in high-level, 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.

Strategic partner

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. 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 and Portuguese. The firm also has dedicated China and India practice groups, which focus on the African strategies of these countries.

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.

Proven track record

"It is comforting to know that when the going gets tough, these individuals will come to your aid at the shortest possible notice." – Chambers Global Guide

"ENSafrica's lawyers give 'no-nonsense advice' … have 'unparalleled knowledge of the region'." – The Legal 500

"The firm works seamlessly throughout [its offices], and can serve its clients across the continent with a one firm approach. … They are dedicated to both the client and the task at hand." – IFLR1000

"Clients observe that 'they respond quickly and take their work seriously' and appreciate that 'they are flexible and professional, and have very good knowledge of the local market'." – Chambers Global Guide

  • Year this Office was Established: 1905
  • Number of Offices Worldwide: 14
  • Lawyers Worldwide: 550

Notable

Areas of Practice
  • advertising and asa
  • anglophone africa
  • anti-bribery compliance
  • anti-trust/competition
  • asset finance
  • aviation
  • banking and finance
  • BBBEE
  • capital markets
  • China
  • collective investment schemes
  • constitutional
  • construction and engineering
  • copyright
  • corporate commercial
  • corporate finance
  • corporate governance
  • domain names
  • employee benefits
  • employee incentives
  • employee tax
  • employment
  • environment
  • estates and estate planning
  • forensics
  • francophone Africa
  • healthcare and pharmaceutical
  • immigration
  • India
  • indirect tax
  • insolvency, business rescue and debt recovery
  • insurance
  • intellectual property
  • international trade
  • IT law
  • litigation / dispute resolution
  • media
  • mergers and acquisitions
  • mine health and safety
  • mining
  • natural resources
  • occupational health and safety
  • oil and gas
  • patents
  • plant breeders' rights
  • private clients
  • private equity
  • project development and project finance
  • public private partnerships
  • real estate / property
  • regulatory compliance: JSE/TRP/FSB
  • retail
  • retirement funds
  • shipping, ports and logistics
  • swaps and derivatives
  • tax
  • technology, media and telecommunications
  • trade marks
  • transfer pricing
  • transport, rail and logistics
  • trusts
  • wills
Professionals

Director

Executive

Lizel Blignaut

Lizel Blignautexecutive (economist)

Jens Brodbeck

Jens Brodbeckexecutive

Piet Faber

Piet Faberexecutive consultant


Jeffrey Flax

Jeffrey Flaxexecutive consultant

Kelle Gagné

Kelle Gagnéexecutive

Cecil Gelbart

Cecil Gelbartexecutive consultant



Associate

Safeera Ally

Safeera Allyassociate

Sarah Binge

Sarah Bingeassociate


Esti Brand

Esti Brandsenior associate

James Brand

James Brandsenior associate


Nokuzola Cossie

Nokuzola Cossiesenior associate

Lauren Davids

Lauren Davidssenior associate


Lavina Daya

Lavina Dayaprincipal associate


James Emslie

James Emslieassociate

Daisy Fakude

Daisy Fakudeassociate


Olwethu Gusha

Olwethu Gushaassociate

Paul Harker

Paul Harkerassociate


Sherri Hayat

Sherri Hayatassociate

Annemarie Joubert

Annemarie Joubertprincipal associate


Jacqui Kaufmann

Jacqui Kaufmannsenior associate

Jenny Klein

Jenny Kleinprincipal associate


Monique Maree

Monique Mareesenior associate



Refilwe Mphego

Refilwe Mphegotrainee associate

Alexa Muller

Alexa Mullerassociate

Dash Pather

Dash Patherassociate


Annalie Pinch

Annalie Pinchprincipal associate

Geraldine Rabe

Geraldine Rabesenior associate

Henry Rossouw

Henry Rossouwsenior associate


Olivia Rumble

Olivia Rumblesenior associate



Darren Smith

Darren Smithsenior associate

Taryn Solomon

Taryn Solomonprincipal associate

Alida Spies

Alida Spiessenior associate


Alex Taylor

Alex Taylorassociate


Yentl Viljoen

Yentl Viljoenassociate

Ilze Watt

Ilze Wattsenior associate


Other

Bella de Kock

Bella de Kocktax advisor

David Kuhn

David Kuhnimmigration practitioner

Ngwako Raboshakga

Ngwako Raboshakgapro bono coordinator


Feroza Solomon

Feroza Solomontax advisor

Natasha Wagiet

Natasha Wagietpro bono coordinator


Articles

BMW: Still Shaping Trade Mark Law
ENSafrica, August 2017

It is safe to say that BMW protects its trade marks fiercely. As a result, the company has done more than its fair share to shape South African trade mark law. A recent UK trade mark decision involving BMW will therefore be of considerable interest to businesses in South Africa.In a number of cases involving BMW, South African courts have made it very clear that a trade mark registration is only infringed if a third party makes unauthorised “trade mark use” of that trade mark...

Havaianas: Not a Flop
ENSafrica, August 2017

A recent BBC article entitled “Havaianas: How a Brazilian flip-flop took over the world” doesn’t mention IP once, yet it contains some useful IP lessons. The article looks at how Havaianas went from a cheap, working-class footwear brand in Brazil to a highly successful international fashion brand – the company behind the brand, Alpargatas, now sells some 200-million pairs of flip flops per annum, has dedicated shops in malls all over the world, and was recently sold for USD1-billion...

All articles submitted by ENSafrica

Press

ENSafrica recognised as a leading international firm for India-related work
ENSafrica, July 2017

We are delighted that, for the third consecutive year, ENSafrica has been identified as a leading international law firm for India-related work by the India Business Law Journal. The announcement was made in an intelligence report titled “Global Stars”, which was published in a recently released edition of the India Business Law Journal...

Top accolades for ENSafrica’s IP team and its members
ENSafrica, July 2017

We are delighted to announce that Gaelyn Scott, head of ENSafrica’s IP department, has again been recognised by Managing Intellectual Property as one of the world’s leading female IP attorneys in its 2017 IP Stars list of the Top 250 Women in IP. Gaelyn Scott and Ilse du Plessis were ranked by Managing Intellectual Property as IP Stars for trade marks. ENSafrica’s Dr Joanne van Harmelen and Rowan Forster have been ranked as IP Stars for patents, and Waldo Steyn and Tanith Robertson were recognised for trade marks and copyright, in its recently released 2017 guide...

All press submitted by ENSafrica

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