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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


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



Arabella Bennett

Arabella Bennettexecutive consultant

Lizel Blignaut

Lizel Blignautexecutive (economist)

Jens Brodbeck

Jens Brodbeckexecutive

Piet Faber

Piet Faberexecutive consultant

Jeffrey Flax

Jeffrey Flaxexecutive consultant

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 Cohenassociate

Lauren Davids

Lauren Davidssenior associate

Lavina Daya

Lavina Dayaprincipal associate

James Emslie

James Emslieassociate

Daisy Fakude

Daisy Fakudesenior associate

Olwethu Gusha

Olwethu Gushaassociate

Sherri Hayat

Sherri Hayatassociate

Logan Hufkie

Logan Hufkieassociate

Jacqui Kaufmann

Jacqui Kaufmannsenior associate

Jenny Klein

Jenny Kleinprincipal 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

Faryn Nana

Faryn Nanaassociate

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

Steven Wiener

Steven Wienersenior associate

Cheri Young

Cheri Youngassociate


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

Feroza Solomon

Feroza Solomontax advisor

Natasha Wagiet

Natasha Wagietpro bono coordinator


Financial Matters Amendment Bill with Amendments to the Insolvency Act Published – Financial Market Participants Have Until 8 February to Comment
ENSafrica, February 2019

On 1 February 2019, the South African Minister of Finance published the Financial Matters Amendment Bill (the “Bill”) containing a long-awaited amendment to section 83 of the Insolvency Act, 1936. Wepreviously discussedthe purpose of the amendment to the Insolvency Act, as well as a number of issues associated with the first draft of the Bill (the “Draft Bill”), which was published on 24 August 2018...

The Doctrine of Common Purpose in Strikes
ENSafrica, February 2019

An unfortunate by-product of strike action in South Africa is the common occurrence of unlawful and sometimes violent conduct on the part of certain members of the trade union embroiled in the strike. It then frequently becomes relevant whether individual employees should be held accountable for the “actions of the masses” on the basis of the doctrine of common purpose. In Association ofMineworkers and Construction Union v KPMM Road and Earthworks (Pty) Ltd, the Labour Appeal Court (“LAC”) used the opportunity to pronounce on the applicability of the doctrine of common purpose to individual striking employees who form part of the relevant trade union...

All articles submitted by ENSafrica


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...

All press submitted by ENSafrica

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