Established in the early 1900s, Werksmans Attorneys is a leading corporate and commercial law firm, serving multinationals, listed companies, financial institutions, entrepreneurs and government.
Werksmans’ more than 200 lawyers, over 22 practice areas of law and a strong African alliance are a powerful team of independent-minded individuals who share a common service ethos.
With a formidable track record in mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance, and commercial litigation and dispute resolution, Werksmans is distinguished by the people, clients and work that it attracts and retains.
Ever aware of changing dynamics in corporate and commercial spheres, we remain at the cutting edge of legal developments across a broad range of industries, through insightful, pragmatic, solution-driven thinking.
Our commitment is an unchanging one; to provide elegant, simple solutions to even the most complex of legal matters, and to do it with the client’s interests at heart.
With over 600 specialist practitioners, ENSafrica has the capacity to deliver on the business requirements of entrepreneurs and corporates across industries and the African continent. We are able to leverage our resources to deliver legal solutions that suit our clients’ pricing preferences and timeframes.
ENSafrica is recognised by top ranking agencies for achieving consistently high standards when working with clients on the continent.
Our focus is on finding innovative solutions to ensure our clients achieve their commercial goals, whether it be successfully executing a strategy or defending their position. Our aim is to deliver in the manner that best suits our clients’ risk profile, working preferences and pricing structures.
We advise businesses directly or work closely with a client’s in-house legal team to ensure that the end goal is achieved in the manner that best suits the assignment. Depending on what makes most sense for a particular project, clients also have the choice of making use of external Counsel or ENSafrica’s own internal senior practitioners, whether it be for opinions or court appearances.
In instances where an in-depth analysis of information is necessary, ENSafrica has artificial intelligence (AI) tools. This ensures greater efficiency, quick turnaround times, reduced costs and accurate results when needed for purposes of corporate governance and information protection, due diligence, e-discovery, data analytics and/or market understanding.
With more than 200 years’ experience, ENSafrica’s significant expertise extends across the breadth of commercial areas and covers the African continent.
We harness our deep specialist expertise across the areas of practice which are relevant to the project to provide clients with to-the-point, jargon-free advice and tailor-made solutions.
Work is done at the correct level to reduce unnecessary costs, and our clients have the flexibility to choose the working arrangement that is best for their business model. This may be through a single point of contact, or in having their own small, dedicated team of practitioners who are specialist in an particular field, or their choice of selected individuals across various disciplines.
ENSafrica’s legal and tax capability is further augmented by teams with specific focus areas, such as Africa regulatory and business intelligence, Asia-Africa trade, Forensics and the structuring of investment through Mauritius. This enables all aspects of a project, transaction, venture or investment to be considered and optimised within the African business context.
ENSafrica also offers clients access to knowledge, fresh insights and regulatory and legislation updates using various platforms to provide strategic information, topical training and alerts on relevant developments in a particular area, location and across the continent to support our clients’ way of doing business and to empower them in their decision-making.
African context and coverage
Over many years, ENSafrica has developed a large knowledge base of African resources and a deep understanding of the local ways of doing business across the continent. We have practical experience working on the ground in most African jurisdictions, and access to high-end, professional contacts across the continent, to ensure consistent quality and timeous delivery.
We operate independently, which allows us to offer advice which is solely informed by what is in our clients’ best interests, as opposed to what may suit, or be prescribed by, or limited by, a particular legal network or affiliation.
Where appropriate, ENSafrica uses a managed approach to ensure deliverables are accurately scoped and quality is consistent. In so doing, critical issues are addressed by leveraging our local market know-how and cultural grip, and advice is reviewed by the relevant country and industry experts who can add value.
To support entrepreneurs and corporates wherever they choose to do business in Africa, we have practitioners who practise English law and French law, and we have extensive experience in the legal codes of OHADA used in West and Central Africa. We are also able to transact in a variety of foreign languages such as Cantonese, Mandarin and Portuguese.
Bowmans is the brand identity of a Pan-African legal practice comprising AF Mpanga Advocates in Uganda, Bowman Gilfillan Inc. in South Africa, Bowmans Tanzania Ltd in Tanzania and Coulson Harney LLP in Kenya.
With over 400 specialised lawyers, Bowmans draws on its unique knowledge of the business and socio-political environment in Africa to advise its clients on a wide range of legal issues.
The firm delivers integrated legal services to clients throughout the continent. Everywhere it operates, Bowmans offers its clients a service that uniquely blends expertise in the law, knowledge of the local market and an understanding of their businesses. The firm’s aim is to assist its clients to achieve their objectives as smoothly and efficiently as possible while minimising the legal and regulatory risks.
Clients include corporates, multinationals and state-owned enterprises across a range of industry sectors as well as financial institutions and governments.
The firm’s expertise is frequently recognised by independent research organisations. The firm was ranked first by deal value and second by deal count in Mergermarket’s 2018 Africa league tables for legal advisors. It received first place in five out of six categories at the Dealmakers East Africa Awards for 2018. In the Dealmakers South Africa Awards for 2018, Bowmans was placed first for deal flow in the General Corporate Finance category. Click here for more information.
Its South African Practice is widely regarded as one of the leading corporate law firms in the country, with more than 300 specialist lawyers and a total staff complement of over 550.
Founded in 1868, Webber Wentzel is a leading full-service law firm providing clients with innovative solutions to their most complex legal and tax issues across Sub-Saharan Africa. With over 450 lawyers, their multi-disciplinary expertise is consistently ranked top-tier in leading directories and awards, both in South Africa and on the African continent. Their collaborative alliance with Linklaters and their deep relationships with outstanding law firms across Africa provide clients with market-leading support wherever they do business. Webber Wentzel was named African Law Firm of the Year and African Alliance of the Year (with Linklaters) at the 2019 African Legal Awards.