DOELIE LESSING

Director

More about: Doelie Lessing
  • mergers, acquisitions and reorganisations of corporate entities
  • international tax planning for corporates and wealthy individuals and families, including:
    • controlled foreign companies
    • foreign trusts
    • transfer pricing and thin capitalisation
    • settlor and beneficiary charges
    • double tax agreements
  • financial services
  • tax structuring for local and international investment funds
  • private equity deal structuring
  • black economic empowerment transactions
  • Africa-specific investments
  • tax litigation, alternative dispute resolution and settlements
  • employee incentive plans
  • international tax planning for executives and mobile employees
  • tax law in South Africa
  • tax planning for international corporates, executives and wealthy families
  • tax structuring for local and international investment funds
  • tax structuring for Africa-specific investments
  • tax structuring for employee incentive plans
  • tax-related litigation
  • alternative dispute resolution and settlements
  • BCom (University of Stellenbosch)
  • LLB (University of Stellenbosch)
  • MCom (Tax) with distinction (University of Stellenbosch)
  • 2009: Director, Werksmans
  • Named as a leading lawyer in Tax by Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business (2013-2016).  The publication quotes sources noting that Doelie is "very good technically and always up to date with the newest legislation" and "incredibly responsive, personable and pleasant to deal with".
  • Named as a leading practitioner in the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th Editions of Euromoney’s Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law
  • Named as a highly-regarded practitioner in the International Who’s Who of Corporate Tax Lawyers (2013), where the publication states she is known for “delivering high-end work in a timely manner”.
  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Tax (2011 – 2015) and Investment Funds (2015)  by the Legal500
  • Listed in the International Tax Review’s World Tax, 2010 and 2011
  • Named amongst the world’s leading private client lawyers in Who’s Who Legal: Private Client 2014 - 2015 and Who’s Who Legal 2015 – Compendium Edition
  • Recommended in The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2015 editorial for Investment funds and Tax
  • Endorsed as a recommended South African Tax Lawyer in the PLC Tax on Transactions Multi-jurisdictional guide (2012)
  • External examiner for the University of Cape Town’s Tax Masters Degree
  • Co-author of the South African chapter of the Practical Law Private Client Multi-jurisdictional Guide, 2014 edition
  • Co-author of the South African chapter in the treatise International Estate Planning, authored by Terry Christensen
  • Member of the International Tax Planning Association
  • Co-founder, past chairman and member of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners), Cape Town