Jeremy Gobetz

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Director

Location: Johannesburg

Tel: +27 11 535 8445

Fax: +27 11 535 8545

Email: jgobetz@werksmans.com

ABOUT

Director Jeremy Gobetz advises in the Africa; Business Crimes & Investigations; and Dispute Resolution practice areas. His areas of specialisation include commercial litigation and dispute resolution; arbitration; mediation; companies and close corporations; and general litigation. Jeremy holds an LLB and a BCom (Business Finance & Law) from the University of the Witwatersrand. He also holds a Higher Diploma in Advanced Companies Law (University of the Witwatersrand, Nelson Mandela Institute – with distinction) and a Higher Diploma in Advanced Competition Law (University of the Witwatersrand, Nelson Mandela Institute).

  • Business Crimes & Investigations
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Commercial litigation & dispute resolution
  • Arbitration
  • Mediation
  • Companies and close corporations
  • General litigation
  • Lead attorney representing PRASA to review and set aside the allegedly corrupt award of a tender for the installation of speed access gates and related security equipment involving in excess of ZAR 6 billion.
  • Lead Attorney representing Listed entity in the Health and Pharmaceutical space in a pending arbitration wherein they are being sued for ZAR 54 million in damages arising from an alleged breach of contract.
  • Lead Attorney in an investigation into potential exposure arising out of relationships with individuals in newly acquired enterprises who had been identified as having links to entities identified in the State Capture commission.
  • Key member of the team appointed by the South African Prudential Authority to conduct an investigation in terms of the newly promulgated Financial Sector Regulations Act in to the demise of VBS mutual bank and have set the precedent for the manner in which future investigations of that nature are to be conducted in terms of that act. This also culminated in the famous "Motau Report" relating to the demise of VBS Mutual Bank. Werksmans was the first team to be appointed in this regard. 
  • Acted for PRASA in the reviewing and setting aside a corrupt tender for the acquisition of 70 locomotives which were not suitable for the South African railway gauge to the value of  ZAR 3.5 billion.
  • Represented former high ranking employees of the South African Revenue Services ("SARS") who were victims of the State capture of SARS and were criminally prosecuted for allegedly constituting a "Rogue Unit". Werksmans successfully secured the withdrawal of the prosecution.
  • Representing a major USA based entity in an action in the High Court where they suffered damages in the amount of ZAR 60 million as a result of a fraudulent misrepresentation and scheme perpetrated by third parties involving the construction of two power plants for Eskom.
  • Representing a major entity in the Medical Aid and Health space in a detailed investigation into a large series of frauds.
  • Conducted an investigation for a cellular company into internal corporate espionage.
  • Advised the MultiChoice South Africa Group in the investigation launched by the sector specific regulator (Independent Communications Authority of South Africa) into competition within the subscription television broadcasting sector in South Africa. 
  • Investigated a range of reportable irregularities that were raised by their auditors in compliance with their duties arising from IFRIS.
  • Conducted an investigation for Neotel (Pty) Ltd and audit into the subscriber base purchased by Glocell from a major service provider group (the Nashua Auto Page Group).
  • Investigated, reported, and recovered funds that were misappropriated by the principals of a Peugeot Dealership based in Pinetown, Durban.
  • Conducted an investigation for the Technology Innovation Agency of South Africa ("TIA") into the misappropriation of a sizeable investment made by TIA.
  • LLB (Wits)
  • Bcom, Business Finance & Law (Wits)
  • Higher Diploma in Advanced Companies Law (Wits, Nelson Mandela Institute - Distinction)
  • Higher Diploma in Advanced Competition Law (Wits, Nelson Mandela Institute)
  • 2011: Associate, Werksmans
  • 2015: Director, Werksmans
  • Ranked lawyer (Up and Coming) by Chambers Global | 2020 – 2021 | Corporate Investigations