26 August 2008 by , , , , and

Practical Law Company PLC Which Lawyer? 2008

Finance and Banking

We are ranked as a Leading SA law firm in Capital Markets: Debt and Equity. Joz Coetzer is recognised as a ‘Leading lawyer’ in this field. PLC says Joz Coetzer has ‘a wealth of experience advising top international banks and companies on debt capital markets, securitisations and derivatives.’ Joz Coetzer is also recommended in Finance and Banking in which he has ‘vast experience in the area of finance (debt and equity), general banking (operational and regulatory) and financial services. He specialises in finance and security structures, which would include asset, project and infrastructure funding as well as general finance.’ 

Corporate / M&A

Our Corporate / M&A practice is Highly Recommended. Chris Ewing, who is a 'highly knowledgeable lawyer with broad experience of a number of sectors including retail, telecoms and publishing and also specialises in transaction structuring, joint venture, listings and corporate finance', is ‘highly recommended’ in this field as well as being recommended in private equity / venture capital and recognised in corporate governance. Johan Latsky is recommended as a 'practitioner with an extensive array of knowledge in many sectors and valuable experience of banking, securitisation, land and infrastructure'.

Corporate Real Estate

Our Corporate Real Estate practice is Highly Recommended. Hugh Jackson is ‘highly recommended’ in this field. PLC says that ‘although he advises on the whole range of real estate matters, he is well known for real estate finance. Attie Pretorius is also ‘highly recommended’ in this field. John Gomes is also recommended.

Dispute Resolution

Our Dispute Resolution practice is Highly Recommended. Pieter Conradie is 'highly recommended' as a General litigator and arbitration practitioner with an international remit with particular focus on product liability and telecoms. Jonathan Witts-Hewinson is recommended in this field.

Restructuring and Insolvency

The firm is Highly Recommended in this field. , Jonathan Witts-Hewinson is also highly recommended.

Labour & Employee Benefits

We are Highly Recommended. Faan Coetzee is highly recommended, 'with a practice emphasis on employment and labour law. Strong corporate client base providing advice on restructuring, collective bargaining, general employers' rights, pension funds and medical aids schemes.' Tim Mills is recommended. PLC notes that he "Acts for corporate clients advising on all aspects of employment law such as mass and individual dismissals, policy issues and disciplinary procedures". Aadil Patel is recognised in this field. PLC says that he has "a strong practice covering employment litigation and advice, including misconduct and other general issues for public sector employers".

Competition / Anti-Trust

PLC Recommends our competition practice and the head of this practice, Mondo Ntlha: ‘A former deputy commissioner at the South African competition commission, she is building a solid private competition practice, with substantial experience of competition law in both the public and private sectors’. Andries Le Grange is recognised as a commercial lawyer developing a strong presence in the competition law market.


Terry Winstanley, our National Environmental Practice Head has been rated as a leading environmental lawyer in South Africa (one of only two lawyers rated in this category). She is described as "the doyenne of environmental law in South Africa"


We are recommended in this field. Preeta Bhagattjee is also recommended. PLC notes that ‘with a customer-driven client base, her outsourcing practice tends to focus on the technology sector and IT, facilities and logistics outsourcing transactions.’

Private Equity / Venture Capital

We are recommended in this field. Chris Ewing is also recommended. PLC notes that he has ‘extensive transactional experience.’


Our Tax practice is recommended and so is Patrick McGurk, head of the Tax practice: ‘Well-respected tax expert advising on all areas of corporate tax with extensive experience in the insurance industry.’


Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr’s Energy practice is recognised.

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