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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


Areas of Practice
  • advertising and asa
  • anglophone africa
  • anti-bribery compliance
  • anti-trust/competition
  • asset finance
  • aviation
  • banking and finance
  • 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



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


Safeera Ally

Safeera Allyassociate

Sarah Binge

Sarah Bingeassociate

Esti Brand

Esti Brandsenior associate

James Brand

James Brandsenior associate

Peter Cohen

Peter Cohentrainee associate

Lauren Davids

Lauren Davidssenior associate

Lavina Daya

Lavina Dayaprincipal associate

Jadyne Devnarain

Jadyne Devnarainsenior associate

James Emslie

James Emslieassociate

Daisy Fakude

Daisy Fakudesenior associate

Olwethu Gusha

Olwethu Gushaassociate

Paul Harker

Paul Harkersenior associate

Sherri Hayat

Sherri Hayatassociate

Logan Hufkie

Logan Hufkieassociate

Jacqui Kaufmann

Jacqui Kaufmannsenior associate

Jenny Klein

Jenny Kleinprincipal associate

Leigh Lambrechts

Leigh Lambrechtssenior associate

Kaylin Lewin

Kaylin Lewinassociate

Aina Magiet

Aina Magietassociate

Mish-al Magiet

Mish-al Magietsenior associate

David Marais

David Maraisassociate

Megan McCormack

Megan McCormacksenior associate

Refilwe Mphego

Refilwe Mphegotrainee associate

Noni Ndlovu

Noni Ndlovuassociate

Dash Pather

Dash Patherassociate

Annalie Pinch

Annalie Pinchprincipal associate

Geraldine Rabe

Geraldine Rabesenior associate

Henry Rossouw

Henry Rossouwsenior associate

Darren Smith

Darren Smithsenior associate

Taryn Solomon

Taryn Solomonprincipal associate

Alida Spies

Alida Spiessenior associate

Kathleen Taylor

Kathleen Taylorsenior associate

Alex Taylor

Alex Taylorassociate

Yentl Viljoen

Yentl Viljoenassociate

Ilze Watt

Ilze Wattsenior associate

Steven Wiener

Steven Wienersenior associate


Bella de Kock

Bella de Kocktax advisor

Chidimma Igilige

Chidimma IgiligeintelligENS | attorney

David Kuhn

David Kuhnimmigration practitioner

Christopher Lubbe

Christopher LubbeintelligENS e-discovery manager

Stephan Minne

Stephan Minneconsultant

Erin Plante

Erin Plantehead of intelligENS

Ngwako Raboshakga

Ngwako Raboshakgapro bono consultant

Feroza Solomon

Feroza Solomontax advisor

Natasha Wagiet

Natasha Wagietpro bono coordinator


When can a difference in pay be justified?
ENSafrica, April 2018

The decision in National Education Health & Allied Workers Union on behalf of Sinxo & others and Agricultural Research Council is important primarily for two reasons. Firstly, it deals with when an employee can claim that he or she has been discriminated against on an arbitrary ground as envisaged in section 6(1) of the Employment Equity Act, 1998 (the “EEA”). Secondly, it serves as an alert to employers that when formulating a defence to an equal pay claim, the defences set out in regulation 7 of the 2014 Employment Equity Regulations (the “EE Regulations”) must be considered carefully...

Can algorithm bias result in employment discrimination?
ENSafrica, April 2018

A modern, technologically driven society generates large amounts of information about members of that society. Think, for example, of the information regarding statuses and activities that banks, credit card providers, medical aid schemes, cell phone networks and employers have in their possession. Think further of the information that Google, Facebook, Uber and Amazon have in their possession. Most, if not all, of this information is digitally stored and can potentially be easily “mined” to derive information that other parties may find useful – for example, a credit provider, insurer or employer...

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ENSafrica appoints new banking and finance director
ENSafrica, April 2018

ENSafrica, Africa’s largest law firm, is pleased to announce the appointment of Vusi Mathebula as a director in its banking and finance department. He will be based in the firm’s Johannesburg offices. Vusi has over seven years’ experience in leveraged, project, commercial property and structured finance, and has advised various international and local sponsors, developmental finance institutions and investment banks on the financing of major projects across Africa, including renewable energy projects, retail establishments and mining projects. Prior to joining the firm, Vusi was in the banking and finance department at White & Case...

ENSafrica launches ENSafrica intelligENS
ENSafrica, March 2018

ENSafrica, Africa’s largest law firm, has just launched “ENSafrica intelligENS”. ENSafrica intelligENS is a specialist division within the firm, which has been established to provide clients with products and services that are powered by cutting-edge, digital systems using artificial intelligence. This new offering enables clients to conduct sophisticated analyses of information, which is particularly useful when there is a requirement to process large volumes of data in fast turnaround times...

All press submitted by ENSafrica

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