Happy Masondo

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Location: Johannesburg

Tel: +27 11 535 8264

Fax: +27 11 535 8664

Email: hmasondo@werksmans.com


Director Happy Masondo is a director of the Media, Communications and Technology Practice, also advising in the Africa; Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions; Infrastructure, Energy & Projects; Technology; and China practice areas. Happy has extensive experience in contractual, statutory and regulatory issues in the technology, power, mining and construction sectors; public/private partnerships; corporate governance; complex technology supply and outsourcing arrangements; complex construction projects; telecommunications and IT outsourcing agreements; software licensing agreements; and software resale agreements. She is also deeply versed in IT application service provider agreements; technology research and development agreements; and providing regulatory advisory services to the public sector.

  • Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Infrastructure, Energy & Projects
  • Media, Communications & Technology
  • Contractual, statutory and regulatory issues in the technology, power, mining and construction sectors
  • Public/private partnerships
  • Corporate governance
  • Complex technology supply and outsourcing arrangements
  • Complex construction projects
  • Telecommunications and IT outsourcing agreements
  • Software licensing agreements
  • Software resale agreements
  • IT application service provider agreements
  • Technology research & development agreements
  • Regulatory advisory services to the public sector
  • Public finance management act regulatory advice to several government departments


  • BA LLB LLM (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa)
  • LLM (Duke University School of Law, USA)
  • 2001: Passed the New York Bar Exam
  • 2009: Director, Werksmans


  • Formerly the Executive Vice President – Legal Services and General Counsel at South African Airways (SAA)
  • Prior to SAA, Happy was in the employ of White & Case LLP an international law firm with its headquarters in New York
  • Prior to White & Case, Happy worked as the Assistant Legal Adviser to former President Mandela; she also worked for the Legal Resources Centre (Johannesburg) and was a clerk to Chief Justice Arthur Chaskalson at the Constitutional Court.  Happy also worked as a teaching assistant in constitutional law and interpretation of statutes at the University of South Africa
  • Happy sits as a Trustee on the Constitutional Court Trust as well as the Investec Entrepreneur Development Trust
  • Happy is a Morris Zimmerman Scholar and a Thomas Franklin Fellow
  • Ranked as a "highly regarded" practitioner for Energy & Infrastructure and Project Development in IFLR1000 (2018).