Our Johannesburg office is our second in Africa after Cairo, established in 1985, and it broadens our global platform in leading markets for energy and natural resources. Our lawyers from around the world have long advised clients on high-profile transactions in Africa across a wide range of sectors, including energy, natural resources, healthcare, IT and telecommunications, retail and more.
The team is led by partners:
Wildu du Plessis, one of South Africa's leading banking and finance lawyers; Scott Brodsky, an energy and projects lawyer; Chris Moraitis, an infrastructure and finance lawyer; and, Morné van der Merwe, a M&A lawyer focused on the mining industry.
Also joining Baker & McKenzie are Astrid Berman, Esme Ferreira, Amelia Heeger, Rajen Ranchhoojee, Muhammad Sader and Mike van Rensburg. In total, the office comprises 16 lawyers and 15 professional staff.
As the continent's largest economy and biggest recipient of foreign direct investment, South Africa is the linchpin for our continuing expansion plans for the continent. This respected team will bring sophisticated knowledge and experience in areas of strategic importance to our clients.
Initially, the office will focus on its strengths in energy, mining and infrastructure, project finance, banking, capital markets, securitization, mergers and acquisitions and private equity. The Legal 500 directory has described the team as having "leading edge energy sector credentials."
This is Baker & McKenzie's third office opening in the past 12 months, following the launch of offices in Istanbul, Turkey, and Doha, Qatar, since May 2011. The Firm now has 70 offices in 43 countries, including 26 of the world's 30 largest economies.
If you have any questions or if we can assist you in any way, please do contact any member of the Johannesburg team, or your regular Baker & McKenzie contact.