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Best International Law Firms in South Africa

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The Big Five Law Firms is a term used informally in South Africa to refer to law firms that are collectively perceived as the leading law firms based in South Africa. Note 3: Deneys Reitz Inc., then Norton Rose Fulbright, were among the big five law firms. Due to its decline, Werksmans, which was not one of the big five law firms, took its place. The table includes a number of the country`s large local companies, including Bowmans, Webber Wentzel, ENSafrica, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr and Werksmans, as well as leading multinationals such as DLA Piper, White & Case and Bake McKenzie. Absa Bank Limited and Barclays Capital Inc. Representing Barclays Capital Inc. International Transaction Managers Barclays Capital Inc. and Absa Bank Limited in connection with the launch of a tender process by JSE-listed global precious metals mining group Sibanye-Stillwater to purchase part of its corporate and convertible bonds. The tender will allow the company to buy back and withdraw about 31% of its long-term debt. The notes are currently listed on the Irish Stock Exchange.

while convertible bonds are listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. International`s Top 50 Africa in collaboration with Africa Legal was first published in 2020 and evaluates companies based on the number of lawyers and geographical distribution in Africa. Clients appreciate our support and advice on their most complex African transactions. We advise international companies investing in Africa as well as local companies looking for opportunities in Africa and beyond. With more than 40 offices worldwide, we offer our clients a truly global perspective that allows us to guide them through their most complex transactions. We offer local and English legal skills and are continually recognised for our work by independent sources such as Chambers Global, EMEA Finance, Legal 500 and IFLR1000. Law firms included in the Global 100 do not receive a specific ranking. Founded in 1868, Webber Wentzel is a leading full-service law firm that provides clients with innovative solutions to their most complex legal and tax problems in sub-Saharan Africa. With more than 450 lawyers, his multidisciplinary expertise is ranked as a leader in the leading directories and awards in South Africa and on the African continent. Its partnership with Linklaters and close relationships with outstanding law firms across Africa provide leading support to clients wherever they do business. Webber Wentzel was named African Law Firm of the Year and African Alliance of the Year (with Linklaters) at the 2019 African Legal Awards.

South Africa continues to expand its status as a major legal hub for sub-Saharan Africa. He has attracted a number of international law firms to the jurisdiction, including Allen & Overy (South Africa) LLP, DLA Piper, Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc, Baker McKenzie Johannesburg, Clyde & Co LLP, Hogan Lovells (South Africa), White & Case LLP, Pinsent Masons LLP and Herbert Smith Freehills South Africa LLP. Despite the presence of international law firms, the local legal market remains robust despite a challenging economic environment. Companies such as Bowmans and ENSafrica have become leading names in South Africa, while strengthening a presence across Africa by opening their own offices or forming alliances with companies in other jurisdictions. These firms, along with Webber Wentzel, Werksmans Attorneys and Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, have withstood the influx of international players and maintained top-notch ranks and high-level commitments. Lateral changes of partners are a particular feature of the South African market, driven by the influx of international law firms. In 2020, the frequency of cross-movements decreased, but there were some notable hires, including construction partner Jason Smit, who left Werksmans Attorneys to join Pinsent Masons LLP. Law firms with more than 50 lawyers are generally considered medium-sized law firms.

[42] [43] As the first international law firm to open an office in South Africa in 1995, White & Case has established itself as one of the region`s leading law firms and has served clients across the African continent for over 40 years. Volume 1 for Projects & Energy – Africa-wide Chambers Global 2013 – 2019 Volume 1 for Projects & Energy: Mining & Minerals – Africa-wide Chambers Global 2019 Transportation and Infrastructure Team of the Year Award: Nacala Corridor Railway and Port Project African Legal Awards 2018 Best Law Firm in Africa EMEA Finance African Banking Awards 2013 – 2018 « White & Case is my go-to, also for financing operations for more complex projects. They have longevity and a great team. Chambers Global, Project Finance, 2019 « The sources describe the company as » and highlight the team for its « knowledge, expertise and commitment. » Chambers Global, Banking & Finance, 2019 « Excellent advice, fast, convenient, user-friendly and efficient processing. » IFLR1000, M&A, 2019 « Professional and friendly attire…