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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


Binti Shah

Binti ShahPartner

Nigel Shaw

Nigel ShawManaging Partner


Justin Balkin

Justin BalkinExecutive

Darren Band

Darren BandExecutive

Arabella Bennett

Arabella BennettExecutive Consultant

Zeyn Bhyat

Zeyn BhyatExecutive

Jens Brodbeck

Jens BrodbeckExecutive

Peter  Dachs

Peter DachsExecutive

Lavina Daya

Lavina DayaExecutive

Tiaan de Wit

Tiaan de WitExecutive

Edwin Ellis

Edwin EllisExecutive

Piet Faber

Piet FaberExecutive Consultant

Jeffrey Flax

Jeffrey FlaxExecutive Consultant

Robert Gad

Robert GadExecutive

Kelle Gagné

Kelle GagnéExecutive

Cecil Gelbart

Cecil GelbartExecutive

Carmen Gers

Carmen GersExecutive

Roy Gillespie

Roy GillespieExecutive

Leonard Katz

Leonard KatzExecutive

Johan Loubser

Johan LoubserExecutive

Monique Maree

Monique MareeExecutive

Lisa Melis

Lisa MelisExecutive

Steven  Powell

Steven PowellExecutive

Henry Rossouw

Henry RossouwExecutive

Roger Rudolph

Roger RudolphExecutive

Fritz Schulz

Fritz SchulzExecutive

Leigh Sedice

Leigh SediceExecutive

HB Senekal

HB SenekalExecutive

Waldo Steyn

Waldo SteynExecutive

Theuns Steyn

Theuns SteynExecutive

Tracy van Wyk

Tracy van WykExecutive

John Zieff

John ZieffExecutive


Safeera Ally

Safeera AllyAssociate

Sarah Binge

Sarah BingeSenior Associate

James Brand

James BrandSenior Associate

Esti Brand

Esti BrandSenior Associate

Peter Cohen

Peter CohenAssociate

Lauren Davids

Lauren DavidsSenior Associate

Olwethu Gusha

Olwethu GushaAssociate

Naqeeba Hassan

Naqeeba HassanSenior Associate

Sherri Hayat

Sherri HayatAssociate

Logan Hufkie

Logan HufkieAssociate

Jacqui Kaufmann

Jacqui KaufmannSenior Associate

Jenny Klein

Jenny KleinPrinciple Associate

Aina Magiet

Aina MagietAssociate

David Marais

David MaraisAssociate

Lameez Mayat

Lameez MayatAssociate

Megan McCormack

Megan McCormackSenior Associate

Stephan Minne

Stephan MinneAssociate

Amal Nagia

Amal NagiaAssociate

Faryn Nana

Faryn NanaAssociate

Neema  Oriko

Neema OrikoAssociate

Annalie Pinch

Annalie PinchPrinciple Associate

Geraldine Rabe

Geraldine RabeSenior Associate

Melissa Rabe

Melissa RabeAssociate

Dean Rose

Dean RoseSenior Associate

Scott Salusbury

Scott SalusburySenior Associate

Jonathon Saville

Jonathon SavilleSenior Associate

Darren Smith

Darren SmithSenior Associate

Taryn Solomon

Taryn SolomonSenior Associate

Alida Spies

Alida SpiesSenior Associate

Kathleen Taylor

Kathleen TaylorSenior Associate

Alex Taylor

Alex TaylorSenior Associate

Yentl Viljoen

Yentl ViljoenAssociate

Steven Wiener

Steven WienerSenior Associate

Cheri Young

Cheri YoungAssociate


Gerda Duprez

Gerda DuprezConsultant

Thorne Godinho

Thorne GodinhoForensic Consultant

David Kuhn

David KuhnInternal Consultant

Candace Lategan

Candace LateganForensic Consultant

Christopher Lubbe

Christopher Lubbee-discovery manager

Megan McEvoy

Megan McEvoyForensics Manager

Nozizwe Ncayiyana

Nozizwe NcayiyanaPro Bono Coordinator

Adrian Roux

Adrian RouxForensic Consultant

Feroza Solomon

Feroza SolomonTax Advisor

Natasha Wagiet

Natasha WagietPro Bono Coordinator


How will the 2019 Proposed Financing Provisioning Regulations affect mining companies?
ENSafrica, August 2019

  In May 2019, the South African Proposed Regulations Pertaining to the Financial Provision for the Rehabilitation and Remediation of Environmental Damage caused by Reconnaissance, Prospecting, Exploration, Mining or Production Operations, 2019 (the “2019 Regulations”) were released for public comment. The 2019 Regulations are informed by industry consultation, however, they still fail to address some of the serious concerns raised by the mining industry and introduce new onerous provisions...

Does Section 187(1)(c) of the LRA Apply to Individual Dismissals?
ENSafrica, August 2019

Section 187(1)(c) of the South African Labour Relations Act, 1995 (“LRA”) has always been controversial because of the interplay between the definition of automatically unfair dismissals, employers’ rights to terminate contracts of employment on the basis of operational requirements and the institution of collective bargaining. At the centre of this controversy has been the question of whether an employer, if it fails to persuade its employees through negotiation to agree to change conditions of employment, can dismiss these employees on the grounds of its operational requirements so that it can employ employees who are prepared to accept these conditions...

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ENSafrica’s Dispute Resolution Department Expands with Appointment of New Executive
ENSafrica, September 2018

ENSafrica, Africa’s largest law firm, is pleased to announce the appointment of accomplished dispute resolution lawyer, Aslam Moosajee, as an executive who will be based in the firm’s Johannesburg office. Aslam is ranked as a top dispute resolution lawyer by the Legal 500 and Chambers Global Guide, who describe him as “widely respected for his long-standing expertise in an array of contentious disputes in the banking and finance sector. Sources acknowledge him to be a ‘very sound litigator’ who ‘services his clients well.’" Aslam is an expert in commercial and financial litigation, as well as constitutional and administrative law, arbitrations and mediations...

Arabella Bennett returns to ENSafrica’s banking and finance practice
ENSafrica, August 2018

ENSafrica, Africa’s largest law firm, has appointed Arabella Bennett as an executive consultant in our top-tier banking and finance department in Cape Town. Arabella, who was an executive at the firm until 2014, has over 15 years’ experience and is a specialist in pension law, collective investments, insurance and reinsurance transactions, regulatory work and local and cross-border structured debt and hybrid debt transactions. She has advised retailers on offerings regulated in the e-banking and insurance sectors, as well as on credit-rated preference share transactions...

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