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    • Anne Bennett - Webber Wentzel
    • Emil Brincker - Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr
    • Peter Dachs - ENSafrica
    • Richard Glyn - Glyn Marais
    • Wally Horak - Bowmans
    • Alan Keep - Bowmans
    • Ernest Mazansky - Werksmans Attorneys

ENSafrica’s ‘strong’ team stands out for the volume of disputes it handles and is also noted for its breadth of expertise. It has a particularly solid record in transfer pricing litigation. The practice provides ‘excellent response times’, ‘industry knowledge’ and ‘concise as well as practical advice’. Peter Dachs has ‘excellent technical skills’, delivers ‘innovative solutions’ and ‘communicates them effectively’. Beric Croome, Bernard du Plessis, Robert Gad and Gerhard Badenhorst are also recommended.

Webber Wentzel’s ‘technically solid team’ provides a ‘good all-round offering’, delivering ‘great quality and value for money’. It remains a leader in M&A and private equity, in part thanks to private equity tax specialist Brian Dennehy and funds expert Nicole Paige. Many within the team have tax accounting backgrounds and have deep experience advising South Africa-headquartered and foreign multinationals, as well as local businesses. The firm, through Nina Keyser, is increasingly active in contentious matters, and is representing Kumbu Iron Ore in a dispute involving its subsidiary Sishen Iron Ore and the South African Revenue Service (SARS). International tax experts Anne Bennett and Elandre Brandt are highly regarded.

Bowmans enhanced its tax disputes capabilities by hiring Patricia Williams from Webber Wentzel. This follows the recruitment of chartered accountant Ulla Murphy from Absa. Clients praise the team for its ‘excellent advice’, ‘approachable manner’, ‘industry knowledge’ and ‘fast turnaround times’. It has been heavily engaged in a series of major M&A transactions, including SABMiller’s $107bn acquisition by Anheuser-Busch InBev. Alan Keep, Barry Garven and international tax expert Wally Horak are recommended.

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr is a growing force in international tax and transactional work. The team has experienced an uptick in tax litigation and transfer pricing cases. It acts for several prominent financial institutions and also advises corporates and private equity houses; Bidvest, Nedbank, FirstRand Bank, Absa Bank, Vodacom and Old Mutual Private Equity are clients. The ‘highly skilled’ Emil Brincker has ‘vast technical knowledge’ and Dries Hoek provides ‘very innovative structuring solutions’, drawing on his ‘in-depth knowledge of tax law’. Mark Linington is recommended for M&A and private equity fund formation and transactions. Ludwig Smith, who re-joined the practice from Tabacks, is a key contact for funding transactions.

Werksmans Attorneys has a tremendous standing in tax through market leader Ernest Mazansky and prominent transfer pricing and international tax specialist Michael Honiball. Clients include Investec Bank, Netcare and Telesure. Doelie Lessing is recommended.

Allen & Overy (South Africa) LLP is recommended for tax structuring in financing transactions. In this arena, Lionel Shawe has virtually unparalleled expertise.

Glyn Marais’ tax department remains heavily focused on financial institutions, advising on financial instruments and capital structures. It is, however, seeing a greater flow of tax matters connected to the corporate and real estate practices. The immensely experienced Richard Glyn is recommended.

Hogan Lovells (South Africa) is noted for cross-border transactions, transfer pricing and disputes. The expanding team is led by the seasoned Ernie Lai King, who advised China FOMA on its joint venture with Safcol in South Africa. Jackie Peart and Natalie Napier provide able support.

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc provides a ‘10/10 service’ for banking and financing transactions. The firm has seen an uptick in disputes mandates from government regulators (including SARS), corporates and private clients. It recently advised Tower Capital Management on the migration of a hedge fund structure to a new regulated platform under the Collective Investment Scheme Control Act. Andrew Wellsted is praised for his ‘client engagement’, ‘regular communications’ and ‘strategic approach’. The ‘seasoned’ Dale Cridlan has ‘valuable experience and knowledge of the regulator’s views and practices’.

Baker McKenzie Johannesburg’s primary focus is on cross-border M&A, group reorganisations and technology sector tax issues. The firm bolstered its transfer pricing expertise by hiring from SARS two new tax directors. The team, led by Mark Preiss, is also increasingly active in indirect taxation work.

Increasingly active in pan-African matters, Fasken Martineau has ‘good industry knowledge’ and is praised for its interaction with SARS. It has solid experience of indirect taxation, M&A-related tax and group reorganisations, as well as a strong record in tax issues connected to renewable energy projects. Conor McFadden is recommended.

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