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 2017, Werksmans was ranked by Chambers’ Global, this is an independent international legal ratings directory, ranking both individual lawyers and select practices on a regional basis. Within the South African section, Werksmans obtained rankings across 16 practice areas and 29 of our Directors were ranked as ‘leading lawyers’ and ‘up-&coming’.

Werksmans was ranked as follows:

Band 1 in Dispute Resolution and Media & Broadcasting;

Band 2 in Construction, Restructuring/Insolvency, Capital Markets: Debt, Corporate Investigations, Corporate M&A, Energy & Natural Resources: Mining and Environment;

Band 3 in Employment, Real Estate, Banking & Finance, Competition/Antitrust, Projects & Energy and Tax and;

Band 4 in Intellectual Property.

 

 

 

 

IFLR1000: Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms –  In 2017, Werksmans was ranked by IFLR1000, these rankings reflect Werkmans market standing within the financial and corporate practice areas. This is a sector-specific guide which covers the Sub-Saharan African legal market and bases its annual rankings on both client and peer feedback as well as on analysis of our transactional highlights. In addition, 19 of our directors were ranked as ‘notable practitioners’ as well as ‘rising stars’.

 

 

Werksmans was ranked as follows:

  • Tier 2 in Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Competition, Energy, Infrastructure, Mergers & Acquisitions, Oil & Gas and Mining and;
  • Tier 3 in Project Finance.

 

 

 

Legal 500 – In 2017, Werksmans was ranked by The Legal 500, they are regarded as one of the world’s largest and most reputable legal referral guides, The Legal 500 is an independent directory which assesses the strengths of law firms in over 100 jurisdictions. Firms and individuals are recommended purely on merit. A total of 38 of our lawyers were ranked ‘leading lawyers’ as well as ‘recommended’.

 

 

Werksmans was ranked as follows:

Tier 1 in Dispute Resolution;

Tier 2 in the following areas: Banking & Finance, Commercial and M&A, Competition, Construction, Employment, Investment Funds, Mining, Project and Infrastructure and Tax and;

Tier 3 in Intellectual Property and Real Estate.

 

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

  • DealMakers 2017 – Our accolades include:
    • Legal advisors for listed deals – M&A category:
      • 4rd place – deal flow
    • Legal advisors for listed companies – General Corporate Finance Category:
      • 5th 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.

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 – 2018)
  • Named as ‘Leading lawyer” and ranked Band 4 in Competition/Antitrust in 2018 by Chamber’s Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business

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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 – 2017) by Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business and ranked Band 3 in Telecommunications and Band 1 in Media & Broadcasting.
  • Named as a leading lawyer in Telecoms & Media by the International Who’s Who (2014).
  • Appears in Best Lawyers in South Africa, Fifth Edition: Media Law
  • 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 Employment by the Legal 500 (2010 – 2018)
  • Named as a leading lawyer in Employment by Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2013 – 2017) and ranked Band 3.

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ANNUSCHA PILLAY

  • Named as a notable practitioner lawyer in the 2018 edition by The IFLR1000 Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms

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ASTRID BERMAN

  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Projects & Infrastructure by the Legal 500 (2015 – 2018)
  • Named as a rising star lawyer in Energy & infrastructure, Banking and Project Finance in the 2018 editions of IFLR1000 (Finance and Corporate) – The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms

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BANKEY SONO

  • Named as ‘leading lawyer’ in Dispute Resolution by Legal 500 (2018)

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).
  • Named as recommended lawyer for Corporate Investigations by Chambers’ Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business in 2018.

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BRIAN PRICE

  • Named as notable practitioner lawyer in the 2018 edition by IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms

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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 – 2017) and ranked Band 4 (2017)
  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Projects & Infrastructure by the Legal 500 (2015 – 2018)
  • Named as a leading lawyer in Energy & infrastructure, Project development and Project finance in the 2018 editions of IFLR1000 (Finance and Corporate) – The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms

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CHRIS STEVENS

  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Mining by the Legal 500 (2013- 2018)
  • Named as ‘Leading Lawyer’ in Energy & Natural Resources: Mining by Chambers’ Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2017) and ranked Band 1.
  • Named as a leading lawyer in Energy & infrastructure and Project development in the 2018 editions of IFLR1000 (Finance and Corporate) – The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms

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CORLETT MANAKA

  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Dispute Resolution by the Legal 500 (2018)
  • Named as ‘Leading Lawyer’ by Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2017) and ranked Band 4.

DAVID GEWER

  • Named as a leading lawyer in Mergers & Acquisitions in the 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 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 – 2018)
  • Named ‘Leading Lawyer’ by Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business and ranked Band 5 (2017)

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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 – 2017) and ranked Band 1 in 2018.
  • Named as a leading lawyer in Commercial Litigation by the International Who’s Who Legal (2007 – 2017)
  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Dispute Resolution by the Legal 500 (2010 – 2018) and as an elite leading lawyer in Dispute Resolution (2013- 2018)
  • Named as a leading lawyer in Competition, Energy & infrastructure and Project development in the 2018 edition of IFLR1000 (Finance and Corporate) – The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms

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DAVE WALKER

  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Projects & Infrastructure by the Legal 500 (2014 – 2018)
  • Named as a leading lawyer in Energy & infrastructure, Project development, Mergers & Acquisition in the 2018 edition of IFLR1000 (Finance and Corporate) – The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms

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DES WILLIAMS

  • Named as a leading lawyer in Dispute Resolution (2007 – 2018) and Construction (2013-2018) by Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2007 – 2015) and as an elite leading lawyer in Dispute Resolution (2015 – 2018). Des was ranked Band 1 in Dispute Resolution and Band 3 in Construction.
  • 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 recommended lawyer in Dispute Resolution by the Legal 500 (2010 – 2018) and as an elite leading lawyer in Dispute Resolution (2013 -2018).

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DEON GRIESSEL

  • Named as recommended lawyer by Legal 500 (2018)

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 – 2017) and ranked Band 2 (2017)
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Tax by the Legal 500 (2011- 2018), and as a recommended lawyer in Investment Funds (2015)

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DONVAY WEGIERSKI

  • Ranked as “Up-&-coming” in Intellectual Property in 2017 by Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

ELLIOT WOOD

  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Banking & Finance by the Legal 500 (2015 – 2018)
  • Named as a rising star lawyer in Banking and Mergers & Acquisition in the 2018 edition of IFLR1000 (Finance and Corporate) – The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms

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ERIC LEVENSTEIN

  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Dispute Resolution by the Legal 500 (2012 – 2018)
  • Named as ‘Leading Lawyer’ in Restructuring/Insolvency by Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business and ranked Band 1 (2017).

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ERNEST MAZANSKY

  • Named as a leading specialist in Tax by Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2007 – 2017) and ranked Band 1 (2017)
  • 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 Legal 500 (2010 – 2018) and as an elite leading lawyer in Tax (2018)
  • Named as a highly-recommended tax lawyer in World Tax (2014), the annual directory of the leading tax advisory and law firms

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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 – 2017) and ranked Band 3 (2017)
  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Corporate and M&A by the Legal 500 (2010 – 2018)
  • Named as a leading lawyer in Mergers & Acquisition in the 2018 edition of IFLR1000 (Finance and Corporate) – The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms

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HAPPY MASONDO

  • Named as highly lawyer in Energy & Infrastructure and Project Development in the 2018 edition by IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms

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HENDRICK KOTZE

  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Real Estate by the Legal 500 (2014 – 2018)
  • Named as ‘Leading Lawyer’ in Real Estate by Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business and ranked Band 3 (2017)

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JACQUES VAN WYK

  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Labour & Employment by the Legal 500 (2010 – 2012)
  • Named as ‘Leading Lawyer’ in Employment by Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business and ranked Band 4 in 2018

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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 Legal 500 (2010 – 2018)

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JARED NICKIG

  • Named as ‘leading lawyer’ in Corporate M&A by Legal 500 (2018).

JASON SMIT

  • Named as a leading lawyer in Construction by Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2015-2018) and ranked Band 2 in 2018.
  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Construction by the Legal 500 (2015 – 2018)

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JONATHAN BEHR

  • Recognised as a ‘rising star’ in Project Finance in the 2017 edition by IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s leading Finanial Law Firms; named highly regarded lawyer in Energy & Infrastructure and Project Finance in the 2018 edition by IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s leading Finanial Law Firms
  • Ranked as an ‘Up-&-coming’ in Projects & Energy in 2017 by Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business.
  • Named as recommended lawyer in Projects & Infrastructure by Legal 500 (2018)

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JUSTIN TRUTER

  • Named as a leading lawyer in Environment by Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2015 – 2017) and ranked Band 2 (2017).

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KEVIN TRUDGEON

  • Named as a leading lawyer in Banking and Finance (2007 – 2009) and in Corporate/M&A (2010 – 2017) by Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business and ranked Band 4 in 2017.
  • Named as a leading lawyer in Mergers & Acquisition (2010 – 2013) as well as Private equity and Mining in 2018 edition by IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms.
  • 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 Legal 500 (2011 and 2018)

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LURESHAN NAIDOO

  • Named as a rising star lawyer in Energy and infrastructure and Project development in the 2018 edition of IFLR1000 (Finance and Corporate) – The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms

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MICHAEL HONIBALL

  • Named as a leading lawyer in Tax by Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2015 – 2017) and ranked Band 1 (2017)
  • A solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales by Who’s Who Legal 2013
  • Named expert in his field by Legal Experts 2012
  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Tax by Legal 500 (2014 – 2018) and as a legal expert in Tax (2012 – 2013)

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NATALIE SCOTT

  • Named as a rising star lawyer in Banking in the 2018 edition of IFLR1000 (Finance and Corporate) – The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms

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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 – 2017) and ranked Band 4 (2017).

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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 – 2017) and ranked Band 4 (2017)
  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Competition by the Legal 500 (2012 – 2018)

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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 – 2017) and ranked Band 2 (2017)
  • Named as a leading lawyer in Competition by IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms (2011 – 2013 and 2018)
  • Named as a leading lawyer in Competition by the International Who’s Who Legal (2008 – 2013)
  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Competition (2011 – 2018) and Construction (2015 – 2018) by Legal 500

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PETER MOSEBO

  • Named as ‘leading lawyer’ in Dispute Resolution by Legal 500 (2018).

PETRA KRUSCHE

  • Named as a highly regarded lawyer in Competition/Antitrust in the IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms (2016-2018)
  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Competition/Antitrust in Chambers Global (2010)
  • Recognised in Antitrust in Best Lawyers International (2013)
  • Named as recommended lawyer in Competition by Legal 500 (2016 – 2018)

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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 Legal 500 (2011 – 2018)

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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 – 2018) and Capital Markets (2012 – 2018) by Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Named as a leading lawyer in Capital Markets (2010 – 2018) and Banking and Project Finance (2011 – 2018) 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 Legal 500 (2011 and 2018)
  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Banking & Finance and Projects & Infrastructure by the Legal 500 (2011 -2018)

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SANDILE JULY

  • Named as ‘leading lawyer’ in Dispute Resolutions by Legal 500 (2018).

SHAYNE KRIGE

  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Investment Funds by the Legal 500 (2015 – 2018).

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STEPHAN LOCHNER

  • Named as ‘leading lawyer’ by Legal 500 (2018)

STUART GARDINER

  • Named as a leading lawyer in Intellectual Property by Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2011 and 2017) and ranked Band 3 in 2017.
  • Named as a highly recommended lawyer in Intellectual Property by the Legal 500 (2010 – 2018)

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TRACEY-LEE JANSE VAN RENSBURG

  • Named as a rising star lawyer in Banking and Capital markets: Debt in the 2018 edition of IFLR1000 (Finance and Corporate) – The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms

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WENDY ROSENBERG

  • Named as a leading lawyer in Media & Broadcasting by Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2012 – 2017) and ranked Band 2 in 2017.
  • 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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