Marketplace Accolades

Marketplace Accolades

Werksmans has received a variety of local and international marketplace accolades acknowledging the firm’s leadership in the field of corporate and commercial law in South Africa.

Our firm has been recognised with leading marketplace accolades by the following credible international rankings organisations:

  • Chambers Global: the World’s Leading Lawyers for Business – In 2016, Werksmans is ranked in Band 1 in Corporate / M&A, Dispute resolution and Media & Broadcasting, Band 2 in Capital Markets, Energy & Natural Resources: Mining, Corporate Investigations and Environment, Band 3 in Project & Energy, Tax, Banking & Finance, Competition & Antitrust, and Construction and Band 4 in Intellectual Property and Employment.
  • IFLR1000: Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms – Werksmans is ranked Tier 2 in Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets, Banking and Competition, and Tier 3 in Project Finance.
  • Legal 500 – Werksmans is ranked Tier 1 in Corporate/M&A and Dispute Resolution, and is a recommended firm in Banking & Finance, Competition, Construction, Intellectual Property, Investment Funds, Labour & Employment, Mining, Projects & Infrastructure, Real Estate and Tax.

Our leadership in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) has been recognised by diversity of respected national and international research institutions including:

  • DealMakers 2015 -Our accolades include::
    • Legal advisors for listed deals – M&A category:
      • 4th place – deal flow
    • Legal advisors for listed companies – General Corporate Finance Category:
      • 5th place – deal flow
    • Legal advisors for unlisted deals:
      • 2nd place – deal flow

In addition, Werksmans acted as legal, tax and competition law advisors to The Bidvest Group Limited in relation to Ethos’ disposal of Plumblink which won the “Private Equity Deal of the Year” award.

  • MergerMarket’s South Africa M&A round-up – Werksmans was recognised as South Africa’s most active law firm in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

Our directors’ legal expertise has been widely acknowledged by various international industry bodies and research organisations.

  • International Who’s Who Legal – Werksmans lawyers are recognised in the fields of Arbitration, Banking, Capital Markets, Commercial Litigation, Competition, Corporate Governance, Corporate Tax, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mining and Regulatory Communications.

AHMORE BURGER-SMIDT

  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Competition by the Legal 500 (2012)

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Aidan Kenny

  • Examiner for the Notarial Exam for Attorneys

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AMANDA ARMSTRONG

  • Named as a leading lawyer in Expert Guides, 7th Edition (2015) for Technology, Media and Telecommunications
  • Named as a leading lawyer in Media and Broadcasting (2008 – 2015) and in IT and Telecommunications (2014 – 2015) by Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Named as a leading lawyer in the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers: Telecoms & Media: 2014
  • Appears in Best Lawyers in South Africa, Fifth Edition: Media Law
  • Named as a leading lawyer in Media & Broadcasting by Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2008 – 2012)
  • Named as a leading lawyer in Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law, 3rd Edition (2013) and 4th Edition (2014)
  • Named as a leading lawyer in Regulatory Communications by the International Who’s Who Legal (2007 – 2013)

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ANASTASIA VATALIDIS

  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Labour & Employment by the Legal500 (2010 – 2012)
  • Named as a leading lawyer in Labour & Employment by Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2013 – 2015)
  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Labour & Employment by the Legal 500 (2010 – 2015)

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ASTRID BERMAN

  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Projects & Infrastructure by the Legal 500 (2015)

BERNARD HOTZ

  • Recognised as the leading Litigation specialist in South Africa by the International Law Office in their Client Choice Awards 2010 and 2011 (chosen from more than 2,000 individual assessments received from corporate counsel worldwide)

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CHRIS MORAITIS

  • Named as a leading lawyer in Projects & Energy by Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2015)
  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Projects & Infrastructure by the Legal 500 (2015)

CHRIS STEVENS

  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Mining by the Legal 500 (2013- 2015)

DAVID GEWER

  • Named as a leading lawyer in Mergers & Acquisitions in the 2015, 2016 and 2017 editions of IFLR1000 (Finance and Corporate) – The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms
  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Commercial, Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions by The Legal 500 (2015)
  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Commercial, Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions  by The Legal 500 (2016)

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DAVID HERTZ

  • Named as a leading lawyer in Dispute Resolution by Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2008 – 2015)
  • Named as a leading lawyer in Commercial Litigation by the International Who’s Who Legal (2007 – 2013)
  • Named as a highly recommended lawyer in Dispute Resolution by the Legal500 (2010 – 2012)
  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Dispute Resolution by the Legal 500 (2010 – 2015) and as an elite leading lawyer in Dispute Resolution (2013- 2015

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DAVID WALKER

  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Projects & Infrastructure by the Legal 500 (2014 – 2015)

DES WILLIAMS

  • Appointed as the South African member of the Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce
  • Named as a leading lawyer in Dispute Resolution (2007 – 2015) and Construction (2013-2015) by Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2007 – 2015)
  • Named as a leading lawyer in Commercial Litigation (2007 – 2012) and in Arbitration (2010 – 2012) by the International Who’s Who Legal
  • Named as a highly recommended lawyer in Dispute Resolution by the Legal500 (2010 – 2012)
  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Dispute Resolution by the Legal 500 (2010 – 2015) and as an elite leading lawyer in Dispute Resolution (2013 -2015)

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DOELIE LESSING

  • Named amongst the world’s leading private client lawyers in Who’s Who Legal: Private
  • Client 2014 and Who’s Who Legal 2015 – Compendium Edition
  • Named as a leading lawyer in Tax by Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2013 – 2015)
  • Named as a leading practitioner in the Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law, 3rd Edition
  • Listed in the International Who’s Who of Corporate Tax Lawyers, 2013
  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Tax by the Legal500 (2011 and 2012)
  • Listed in the International Tax Review’s World Tax, 2010 and 2011
  • Endorsed as a recommended South African Tax Lawyer in the PLC Tax on Transactions multi-jurisdictional guide (2012)
  • External examiner for the University of Cape Town’s Tax Masters Degree
  • Co-author of the South Africa chapter of the Practical Law Private Client Multi-jurisdictional Guide, 2014 edition
  • Co-author of the South African chapter in the treatise International Estate Planning, authored by Terry Christensen
  • Member of the International Tax Planning Association
  • Co-founder, past chairman and member of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners), Cape Town
  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Tax by the Legal 500 (2011- 2015), and as a recommended lawyer in Investment Funds (2015)

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ELLIOT WOOD

  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Banking & Finance by the Legal 500 (2015)

ERIC LEVENSTEIN

  • Named as a highly recommended lawyer in Dispute Resolution by the Legal500 (2012)
  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Dispute Resolution by the Legal 500 (2012 – 2015)

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ERNEST MAZANSKY

  • Named as a leading specialist in Tax by Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2007 – 2015)
  • Named as a leading expert in the speciality of Corporate Tax by the International Who’s Who Legal (2010 – 2013)
  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Tax by the Legal500 (2010 – 2013).
  • Named as a highly-recommended tax lawyer in World Tax (2014), the annual directory of the leading tax advisory and law firms
  • Ernest is the South African correspondent of the Bulletin for International Taxation and the author of the South African chapter of The Delicate Balance – Tax Discretion and the Rule of Law, both published by the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation (IBFD). He is also co-author of the chapter on trusts in Silke on International Tax
  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Tax by the Legal 500 (2010 – 2015) and as an elite leading lawyer in Tax (2013 – 2015)

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GERHARD JOHANNES

  • Named as a leading lawyer in Corporate/M&A by Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2007 – 2015)
  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Corporate and M&A by the Legal500 (2010)

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HENDRICK KOTZE

  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Real Estate by the Legal 500 (2014 – 2015)

JACQUES VAN WYK

  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Labour & Employment by the Legal500 (2010 – 2012)

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JANINE HOLLESEN

  • Named as a leading lawyer in Intellectual Property by Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2011 and 2012)
  • Named as a highly recommended lawyer in Intellectual Property by the Legal500 (2010 – 2012)
  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Intellectual Property by the Legal 500 (2010 – 2015)

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JASON SMIT

  • Named as a leading lawyer in Construction by Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2015)
  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Construction by the Legal 500 (2015)

JUSTIN TRUTER

  • Named as a leading lawyer in Environment by Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2015)

KEVIN TRUDGEON

  • Named as a leading lawyer in Banking and Finance (2007 – 2009) and in Corporate/M&A (2010 – 2015) by Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business5
  • Named as a leading lawyer in M&A by IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms (2010 – 2013)
  • Named as a leading lawyer in Capital Markets (2007 – 2010) and Banking (2007 – 2011) by the International Who’s Who Legal
  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Corporate and M&A by the Legal500 (2011 and 2012)
  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Corporate/M&A by the Legal 500 (2011 -2015)

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MICHAEL HONIBALL

  • Named as a leading lawyer in Tax by Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2015)
  • Named as a recommended lawyer (Tax) by Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2014
  • A solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales by Who’s Who Legal 2013
  • Named a legal expert (Tax) by Legal 500 2012-2013
  • Named expert in his field by Legal Experts EMEA 2012
  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Tax by Legal 500 (2014 – 2015) and as a legal expert in Tax (2012 – 2013)

NEIL KIRBY

  • Named as a leading lawyer in Healthcare by Best Lawyers International (2008 – 2010)
  • Named as a leading lawyer in Dispute Resolution by Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2008 – 2015)

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PAUL CLELAND

  • Named as a leading lawyer in Competition/Antitrust (up-and-coming) by Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2014 – 2015)
  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Competition by the Legal500 (2012)

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PAUL COETSER

  • Named as a leading lawyer in Competition/Antitrust by Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2007 – 2015)
  • Named as a leading lawyer in Competition by IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms (2011 – 2013)
  • Named as a leading lawyer in Competition by the International Who’s Who Legal (2008 – 2013)
  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Competition by the Legal500 (2011 and 2012)
  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Construction by the Legal 500 (2015)

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PIETER STEYN

  • Named as a leading lawyer in Competition by IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms (2011 and 2012)
  • Named as a leading lawyer in Competition by the International Who’s Who Legal (2007 – 2013)
  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Competition by the Legal500 (2011 and 2012)

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RICHARD ROOTHMAN

  • Named as a leading lawyer in Capital Markets in The International Who’s Who of Capital Market Lawyers (2014)
  • Named as a leading lawyer in Debt & Equity and Structured Finance in The International Who’s Who of Capital Market Lawyers (2013)
  • Named as a leading lawyer in Banking & Finance (2011 – 2015) and Capital Markets (2012 – 2015) by Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Named as a leading lawyer in Capital Markets (2010 – 2013) and Banking and Project Finance (2011 – 2013) by IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms
  • Named as a highly recommended lawyer in Banking & Finance and recommended in Projects & Infrastructure by the Legal500 (2011 and 2012)
  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Banking & Finance and Projects & Infrastructure by the Legal 500 (2011 -2015)

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SHAYNE KRIGE

  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Investment Funds by the Legal 500 (2015)

STUART GARDINER

  • Named as a leading lawyer in Intellectual Property by Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2011 and 2015)
  • Named as a highly recommended lawyer in Intellectual Property by the Legal500 (2010 – 2012)
  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Intellectual Property by the Legal 500 (2010 – 2015)

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WENDY ROSENBERG

  • Author of articles on various aspects of Media and Communications law, including the chapter on Internet and E-commerce patents in Cyberlaw@SA, R. Buys, 2nd edition, 2004
  • Named as a leading lawyer in Media & Broadcasting by Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2012 – 2015)
  • Named as a leading lawyer in Regulatory Communications by the International Who’s Who Legal (2011 – 2014)
  • Named as a leading practitioner in Euromoney’s Expert Guides – Women in Business Law 2014 (4th Edition)

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