BERNARD HOTZ

Director, Head of Business Crimes & Investigations Practice

Bio:

Bernard Hotz is the head of the Werksmans Business Crimes & Investigations Practice. A highly experienced commercial litigator, he is also extremely versatile; being active in no fewer than five practice areas at the firm. A director at Werksmans since 2000 and head of Business Crimes & Investigations since 2014, Bernard specialises in all aspects of general commercial litigation. This includes corporate fraud/business crimes, insurance and banking litigation, stock exchange-related litigation and competition matters such as restraints of trade and Anton Pillar orders. He also deals with all areas of intellectual property litigation, trademark and copyright enforcement, media law disputes and administrative law. Bernard, who obtained his BCom LLB at the University of the Witwatersrand, is skilled in arbitration, mediation and alternative dispute resolution both locally, throughout the African continent and internationally. Bernard also sits as a Commissioner of the Small Claims Court.

More about: Bernard Hotz
  • All areas of general commercial litigation, including
    • arbitration, mediation and alternative dispute resolution
    • corporate fraud/business crimes
    • banking litigation
    • stock exchange related litigation
    • administrative law
    • information technology law
    • unlawful competition law (including restraints of trade and Anton Piller orders)
    • all areas of intellectual property litigation
    • trademark and copyright enforcement
    • media law disputes
  • BCom and LLB (Wits)
  • 2000: Director, Werksmans
  • 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).
  • Commissioner of the Small Claims Court
  • Recognised as a leading lawyer in Corporate Investigations by Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2016)