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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

Cecil Gelbart

Cecil Gelbartexecutive consultant


Ina Meiring

Ina Meiringexecutive


Associate

Safeera Ally

Safeera Allyassociate

Sarah Binge

Sarah Bingeassociate


Esti Brand

Esti Brandsenior associate

James Brand

James Brandsenior associate


Zola Cossie

Zola Cossieassociate

Lauren Davids

Lauren Davidssenior associate


Lavina Daya

Lavina Dayaprincipal associate


Daisy Fakude

Daisy Fakudeassociate

Kevin Grovê

Kevin Grovêsenior associate


Paul Harker

Paul Harkerassociate

Sherri Hayat

Sherri Hayattrainee associate


Annemarie Joubert

Annemarie Joubertprincipal associate

Jenny Klein

Jenny Kleinprincipal associate



Monique Maree

Monique Mareesenior associate


Anneke Meiring

Anneke Meiringsenior associate


Alexa Muller

Alexa Mullerassociate

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


Tracy van Wyk

Tracy van Wykprincipal associate

Ilze Watt

Ilze Wattassociate


Other

Lauren Brownlee

Lauren Brownleeaccountant

Bella de Kock

Bella de Kocktax advisor

Kelle Gagné

Kelle Gagnéforeign legal counsel – admitted in New York


David Kuhn

David Kuhnimmigration practitioner

Ngwako Raboshakga

Ngwako Raboshakgapro bono coordinator

Feroza Solomon

Feroza Solomontax advisor


Natasha Wagiet

Natasha Wagietpro bono coordinator

Articles

Bollywood: a little too much inspiration
ENSafrica, March 2017

In the 21st century, cinema and film play a major role not only in our social activities, but also as a tool for learning about our history, addressing the issues faced in society and imagining what the future of a more innovative world would look like. However, the legal implications of telling a story through film, the cinema and television, go far deeper. Issues of copyright infringement, particularly within the Hollywood and Bollywood context, have found their way to the court room. A recent blog post entitled “Bollywood and Copyright – Infringement or Inspiration” by Indian law firm Selvam and Selvam shines a spotlight on this issue...

Companies Registered in Tanzania: Comply with Annual Filing Obligation or Face Deregistration and Penalties
ENSafrica, March 2017

 In terms of the Companies Act, 2002 (Cap RE 212) (the “Act”), every company incorporated or registered in Tanzania as a branch of a foreign company has an annual filing obligation with the Registrar of Companies, also called the Business Registrations and Licensing Agency (“BRELA”). In the case of a locally incorporated company (local subsidiary), the requirement is to file an annual return in the prescribed form, accompanied by a copy of the audited accounts (except for those companies exempt from an audit obligation in terms of the Act)...

All articles submitted by ENSafrica

Press

ENSafrica’s IP Department Continues to Receive Accolades
ENSafrica, March 2017

We are delighted to announce that Gaelyn Scott, head of ENSafrica’s IP department, has again been recognised at the International Law Office’s (“ILO’s”) Client Choice Awards. Gaelyn was named the top South African trade mark lawyer in 2017. Gaelyn was also named the top South African IP lawyer by the Client Choice Awards in 2012 and top South African trade mark lawyer in 2013 and 2015. A specialist litigator, Gaelyn is consistently recognised by reputable international ratings agencies and their publications for excellence in the field of IP...

Further Accolades for ENSafrica’s IP department
ENSafrica, March 2017

ENSafrica’s IP head of department, Gaelyn Scott, has consistently been ranked as one of only two or three South African lawyers in the gold band for trade mark enforcement and litigation by World Trademark Review (“WTR”) every year since 2013. We are pleased to announce that she has once again achieved a gold band ranking by WTR in this category and is one of four South African attorneys to achieve this ranking in 2017...

All press submitted by ENSafrica

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