Willem was admitted as an attorney in 1989 and became a Director of Hofmeyr (now Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr) in 1995, and an Executive Consultant in 2018. At the special request of the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, he served as Chairman of one of three committees at the National Indaba for the Legal Services Charter in 2007. He was a councillor of the Gauteng Law Council and a member of the Johannesburg Attorneys Association for a number of years and he was the Chairperson of the JAA for 3 consecutive years.

  • Acted for a large global health care & life sciences company where it was under investigation by the US Department of Justice in respect of issues arising under the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • Advised several global companies on issues relating to anti-bribery and corruption and anti-money laundering risks
  • Represented a number of large companies during his career to date including: Absa Bank, Standard Bank, Rand Merchant Bank, Firstrand, Telkom, Eskom, Transnet, Vodacom, Mondi, Sappi, TWK, Equity Aviation, KPMG, National Treasury, Public Investment Corporation, Servest Group (Pty) Ltd, Waterfall Group, Fresenius Medical Care, AG & Co, Serco Plc and Serco International Ltd.
  • Acted for large banks in a series of landmark matters regarding a bank’s liability where cheque fraud was involved.
  • Acted for a large bank in an investigation and concomitant litigation concerning “kite flying”, a specialised form of cyber fraud.
  • Advised several large companies on cross-border transactions involving financial intelligence and compliance issues.
  • Represented a very large state-owned entity in the first large scale “land grab” matter in South Africa.
  • Advised and represents large land owners in land restitution matters.
  • Represented stake holders in the restitution process before Portfolio Committees in Parliament.
  • Has led several high profile forensic investigations into economic crime and works closely with the National Prosecuting Authority’s Department of Special Operations (DSO/Scorpions) and the NPA’s Asset Forfeiture Unit.
  • Represented Transnet and the National Ports Authority in landmark litigation to protect the integrity of harbour land.
  • Represented privatised entities in litigation and arbitrations concerning disputes ranging from administrative law to law of contract.
  • Represented a large state-owned entity in a very large national forensic investigation translating into high profile criminal and civil litigation in several jurisdictions.
  • Assisted a large firm of auditors in its Probity Role to National Treasury in the IFMS Project.
  • Represents stakeholders in the Land Claims Court in the largest tribal land restitution case in SA history
  • Conducted an anti-money laundering compliance review of the Barclays Group.
  • Advised the Accountant General and National Treasury regarding tender procedures, procurement law and administrative law issues.
  • Advised an international telecommunications company on AML and ABC compliance issues and FCPA exposure
  • Advised an international entity with large investments in South Africa on legal aspects relating to State commercial activity and possible government liability and international arbitration.
  • Advised accountable institutions on compliance with FICA.
  • Represented a South African entity in a global investigation conducted by the US Dept. of Justice in terms of the Foreign Corruption Practices Act.
  • Advised an international company in an anti-corruption due diligence process on issues pertaining to mergers with companies in SA.
  • Advised an international firm on anti-corruption risk and exposure to FCPA and UK Bribery Act transgressions.
  • Advised National Treasury and GTAC on legal recourse regarding Project Funding disputes.

Conferences/Seminars/Workshops

  • Willem is an experienced speaker on global anti-bribery and corruption as well as anti-money laundering speaking regularly at conferences in South Africa and in neighbouring countries.
  • Presented seminars and workshops to clients and attorneys on financial intelligence and money laundering as well writing numerous articles in this field.
  • Presented seminars and workshops to clients on land reform, land restitution and land rights issues.
  • Presented seminar papers on global corruption risk at annual conferences hosted by Trade Conferences International in 2016 and 2018.
  • Presented seminars on global ant-corruption and ant-money laundering at CDH in Sandton and Cape Town in 2017.

Education

  • BA LLB, University of Stellenbosch
  • Dip (Criminal Justice and Forensic Auditing) University of Johannesburg
  • Cert (Money Laundering) (cum laude), recipient of the money laundering forum's award for best achievement.

Memberships

  • Legal Practice Council
  • Johannesburg Attorneys Association