Emil Brincker

Emil Brincker

Practice Head, Director

Professor Emil Brincker is a Director and Head of our Tax & Exchange Control practice. Emil’s experience includes the areas of corporate finance, corporate reorganisation and restructuring, exchange control, export finance, funding, general banking and commercial including derivative transactions, empowerment transactions, notional vendor funding, rulings, transfer pricing and tax law including income tax, tax controversy, VAT, securities transfer tax, PAYE, capital gains tax (CGT) and other fiscal statutes.

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Emil obtained his doctorate during 1992 on company law and his thesis related to the financial assistance by a company in relation to share acquisitions. He was offered a part-time professorship from the University of Johannesburg during 1999.

Emil began his career as a Candidate Attorney at Hofmeyr (now Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr). He was a Director at Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs and its predecessors for approximately 13 years. Emil joined Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr as a Director in November 2008.

  • Chambers Global 2003 - 2023 ranks "highly regarded" Emil Brincker in Band 1 Tax. Chambers Global notes that Emil is rated as "one of the best tax lawyers in South Africa." Sources praise both his technical skills and client service: "His turnaround time is astonishing."
  • The Legal 500 EMEA series 2018-2022 ranked Emil as a "leading individual" for tax. In 2016 - 2019 he was listed as a recommended individual in Tax.  2006 to 2014 named "a leading tax lawyer". He is a foremost expert in South Africa on corporate reorganisations and structural finance transactions.
  • Leading lawyer by Who's Who Legal: Corporate Tax – Advisory and Who's Who Legal: Corporate Tax – Controversy for 2017 and 2018. Who's Who Legal - International Who's Who of Corporate Tax Lawyers 2012 - 2014 and The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2014 selects Emil as being among the world's leading corporate tax, as well as insurance and reinsurance lawyers.
  • IFLR1000 2012 recommended him for tax.
  • ILO Client Choice Awards 2010–2013 named Emil as the exclusive winner of the corporate tax category in South Africa.
  • The Tax Directors Handbook 2012 listed him among the top 250 lawyers in the world.


  • BCom cum laude, LLB cum laude, LLM cum laude LLD, University of Stellenbosch
  • HDip (Tax) cum laude, University of Johannesburg
  • Year of admission as an attorney: 1989
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