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South Africa: National Budget 2024 – Tax Highlights

On 21 February 2024, South African Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana delivered his Budget Speech. The Minister remains committed to the goal of raising an additional ZAR 15 billion in taxes…

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South Africa: Corporate Law Update for January 2024 published

Our South African bi-annual Corporate Law Update for January 2024 has been published. It covers general trends, regulatory developments and material case law since our last publication.

We help our clients manage legal complexity and unlock opportunities in Africa. With seven offices in five African countries and over 500 specialist lawyers, we join our clients as partners, weaving together legal expertise, local market acumen, and an intuitive grasp of your business.

Our enviable track record shows us providing legal services to the highest professional standards in Africa, across numerous jurisdictions on corporate, finance, competition, taxation, employment, technology, and dispute resolution matters. Every day, we are building the pre-eminent African law firm, supporting our clients and our people, as they seek to unlock opportunity, overcome challenges and realise the hopes that will shape the future of Africa.

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IFLR AFRICA AWARDS, 2022

We received a total of six awards including overall M&A Team of The Year; Jurisdictional Firm of the Year: South Africa; Loans Firm of the Year: South Africa; M&A Firm of the Year: South Africa; and Project Finance Firm of the Year: South Africa. We also advised on the deal named M&A Deal of the Year.

CHAMBERS AFRICA AWARDS, 2023

Our South African Practice was named South Africa Law Firm of the Year and co-founder of our Kenyan Practice, Philip Coulson, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award.

DEALMAKERS AFRICA AWARDS, 2022

Our South African Practice was named South Africa Law Firm of the Year and co-founder of our Kenyan Practice, Philip Coulson, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Alan Keep is our managing partner. He specialises in corporate and tax law and advises on the structuring and implementation of significant black economic empowerment transactions as well as joint ventures, asset disposals and acquisitions. He has BCom and LLB degrees from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and a Higher Diploma in Tax Law from the University of Johannesburg.

Alan Keep – Managing Partner

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Ezra Davids is our chairman and senior partner. He specialises in both domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and securities law, and is the relationship partner for a number of our major clients. He has advised on some of the largest and most complex transactions on the African continent. He is the Chair of the Private Equity Sub-committee of the Corporate and M&A Committee of the IBA.  Ezra is a member of the Council of the University of Cape Town.  He is also a board member of the Legal Resources Centre, Freedom Under Law and Social Justice Initiative.  Ezra has BA and LLB degrees from the University of Cape Town, a Higher Diploma in Tax from the University of the Witwatersrand and a Certificate in Leadership in Law Firms from Harvard Law School.

Ezra Davids – Chairman and Senior Partner

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Fazil Hossenkhan is the managing partner of our Mauritian practice. He is a corporate and funds lawyer who specialises in investment funds, private equity and corporate law. Fazil has an LLB (Hons) from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Postgraduate Diploma in Banking and Finance Law from the University of London.

Fazil Hossenkhan – Managing Partner (Mauritius)

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Mabvuto Sakala is the managing partner of our Zambian practice. He specialises in litigation and alternate dispute resolution. He is a member of the IBA and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London. He has an LLB from the University of Zambia; an LLM from the University of Nottingham, UK; and a Postgraduate Diploma in Law from Lund University, Sweden.

Mabvuto Sakala – Managing Partner (Zambia)

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Paras Shah is the managing partner of our Kenyan practice. He specialises in corporate and commercial law, banking and finance law, privatisations, M&A, capital markets and real estate law. He has a an LLB (Hons) from King’s College London, a Diploma in Legal Practice (cum laude) from the College of Law, UK, a Diploma in Management from Henley School of Management, UK, and a Diploma from the Kenya School of Law. He is qualified as a Solicitor in England, and an Advocate in Kenya

Paras Shah – Managing Partner (Kenya)

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Wilbert Kapinga is the managing partner of our Tanzanian practice. He specialises in corporate, finance, banking, privatisations, telecommunications and competition law. Wilbert is a member of the Tanganyika Law Society, Law Association of Tanzania, East Africa Law Society, International Third World Legal Studies Association and African Society of International and Comparative Law. He has Master’s degrees in Law from both the University of Dar es Salaam and Columbia University in New York, USA, and a Doctorate from Northeastern University in Boston, USA.

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