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Brendan Olivier


Location: Cape Town

Tel: +27 21 405 5181

Fax: +27 11 535 8509



Director Brendan Olivier advises in the Disputes and Insolvency & Business Rescue practice areas. He specialises in business rescue; structuring of offers of compromise; work-outs and arrangements; winding up procedures; debtor and insolvency recovery actions; and dispute resolutions. Brendan holds a BA LLB from the University of Cape Town and has been a Director at Werksmans since 2012.

  • Disputes
  • Insolvency & Business Rescue
  • ​​​​​​Insolvency, business rescue and restructuring
  • Dispute resolution, including High Court litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution
  • Corporate law
  • Corporate fraud
  • Contract and corporate dispute resolution
  • Represented the Steinhoff Group in the restructuring of financial liabilities and in record-breaking and novel statutory compromise processes of complex, multi-jurisdiction legacy litigation liabilities and debt claims, which became the largest securities-related settlement, outside of North America, of all time
  • Represented the Steinhoff Group in corporate disputes and in resisting claims instituted against it my multiple creditor groups, and in pursuing claims against various third parties
  • Represents various banks and other listed entities in litigation and dispute resolution, corporate and regulatory issues, and regarding corporate 'clean-ups' and restructurings
  • Advisor to various stakeholders in business rescue / distress and insolvency proceedings, including liquidators / business rescue practitioners, security holders, creditors, directors and shareholders
  • Advising on the impact of the insolvent trading provisions of the Companies Act on the personal liability of directors
  • Represented various shareholders and directors in respect of disputes involving corporate governance and liability issues, and in distressed entities
  • Advising foreign and local clients in respect of the effect that relevant legislation will have on securities held by such clients in various companies in business rescue and insolvency proceedings
  • Advising directors, shareholders, creditors, business rescue practitioners, and liquidators on their rights and obligation in business rescue and insolvency proceedings, and in respect of transactional and dispute resolution matters
  • BA LLB (University of Cape Town)
  • 2012: Director, Werksmans