Ever since the early 1900s when Jan S. de Villiers opened his Cape Town practice and 1917 when Nathan Werksman founded Werksmans, we have been at the cutting edge of corporate and commercial law in South Africa.
Some examples of what puts us and our legal services at the forefront of South African law:
Some of Jan S. de Villiers’ clients in 1908 were Santam, Sanlam and Nasionale Pers. They remain clients today
Werksmans was the first South African law firm to explore partnerships across the African continent. In 1993, the firm pioneered LEX Africa
, which currently consists of leading law firms in 25 African countries.
To date, only three synthetic securitisations have been done in South Africa. Werksmans facilitated all three. Similarly, we advised on the establishment of the first asset-backed conduit and the first commodity-tracking exchange traded fund. Most recently we advised on the first ever issue of convertible bonds tradable on the JSE in South Africa.
Cyberlaw@SA, the country’s leading information technology law
textbook, was co-authored by a team from Werksmans.
Jan S. de Villiers was the first South African law firm to offer its clients free and direct Internet access to their Intellectual Property
In 1992, Werksmans became one of the first local law firms to join the International Bar Association. Today, Director, Des Williams
, is a member of Council of the Legal Practice Division and a former co-chair of the Litigation Committee.
Werksmans advised Telkom South Africa Limited on its initial public offering and listing on the JSE Limited in 2003. At the time, this was the largest listing ever done in South Africa.
Chambers and Partners, the international legal benchmarking agency, has awarded Werksmans’ Des Williams the highest possible ranking for litigation and dispute resolution