Nastascha Harduth

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Location: Johannesburg

Tel: +27 11 535 8220

Fax: +27 11 535 8600



Director Nastascha Harduth advises in the Africa; Arbitration; Financial Services Regulation; and Insolvency, Business Rescue & Restructuring practice areas. She specialises in restructuring, business rescue & insolvency-related matters (including cross-border matters); and general commercial litigation and dispute resolution (including cross-border matters). Nastascha is a Fellow of INSOL International; a member of the Educational Committee for the INSOL International Regional Conference (New York City, 2018); and a member of the INSOL Fellows’ Steering Committee 2017/2019.

  • Arbitration
  • Business Rescue, Insolvency & Restructuring in South Africa
  • Restructuring distressed and insolvent companies 
  • Business rescue proceedings
  • Liquidation proceedings
  • General commercial litigation (in the High Court and Magistrate's Court)
  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Corporate fraud
  • Corporate Governance (Director Liability)
  • Shareholder/Director disputes


  • BSc (Hons) Chemistry & Biochemistry (Rand Afrikaans University)
  • LLB (cum laude) (University of Johannesburg)
  • Diploma in Insolvency Law & Practice (cum laude) (University of Pretoria)
  • Advanced Short Course in Business Rescue Practice (with distinction) (University of South Africa & LEAD) 
  • INSOL International Global Insolvency Practice Course 
  • 2010: Associate, Werksmans
  • 2012: Senior Associate, Werksmans
  • 2014: Director, Werksmans


  • Fellow of INSOL International
  • Ranked as an Up and Coming Lawyer in Restructuring/Insolvency (2020) by Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers
  • Member of the Educational Committee for the INSOL International Regional Conference to be held in New York City in 2018
  • Successfully represented the claimant in respect of the reported summary judgement case of Rees and Another v Investec Bank Limited (330/13) [2014] ZASCA 38; 2014 (4) SA 220 (SCA) 
  • Successfully represented a global company in cross border insolvency proceedings, where the insolvent estate in Seychelles sought to compromise our client's claims in circumstances where the relationship between the creditor and the insolvent was regulated by Indian law.
  • Advised a South African holding company, and its American subsidiary, on a damages claim and bankruptcy proceedings in two different jurisdictions within the United States of America.
  • Successfully wound up a company in Mauritius where it was registered and trading, and then also represented directors in South Africa when the liquidator had his powers recognised in South Africa and held an insolvency enquiry in South Africa into the trade, dealings and affairs of the company.
  • Advising South African subsidiaries of an American company in Chapter 11 proceedings.
  • Advising a secured creditor of its rights in the business rescue of Stuttafords.