Wian Steyn

Wian Steyn

Baker & McKenzie


Wian Steyn is a director designate in the dispute resolution department in Johannesburg. He focuses his practice primarily in the commercial and business crimes areas, including the anti-bribery, corruption, fraud and money laundering fields.

He has been recognised as a Rising Star by Legal 500 in the field of Dispute Resolution for the EMEA region and as an Associate to Watch for Corporate Investigations (South Africa) by Chambers Global.

Practice Focus

Wian’s experience includes compliance and investigations, as well as commercial related litigation, arbitration and adjudication. He has acted for a diverse range of prominent local and international clients from various sectors, including the banking and financial services, healthcare, software/IT, services, mining and construction sectors.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Regularly conducts investigations, and advises and assists local and multinational clients, relating to breaches of anti-bribery, corruption, fraud, and money laundering laws and regulations, including in respect of reporting obligations, interactions with authorities (including the US DOJ), remedial measures and resulting criminal and civil proceedings.

  • Was part of a South African based compliance monitoring team in respect of a German multinational engineering and related services company, sanctioned by the United States Department of Justice.

  • Seconded to a US headquartered, publicly traded medical devices company in the position of Counsel, Global Compliance Investigation, EMEA, where he was responsible for overseeing all the EMEA region’s internal compliance investigations. His role included scoping, document collection, processing and review, interviews, stakeholder engagement and reporting, and managing external counsel.

  • Regularly advises clients on their internal policies and procedures to ensure compliance with anti-bribery, corruption, fraud, and money laundering laws and regulations.

  • Regularly conducts anti-bribery, corruption, fraud, and money laundering related due diligences on target companies in respect of various transactions, including mergers and acquisitions.

  • Advised and represented a multi-national entity in the enforcement of a foreign arbitral award in the sum of USD 12 million against the Republic of Ghana, in South Africa.

  • Regularly advises and represents various international and local manufacturers, importers and distributors with regard to product recalls and product liabilty in South Africa.

  • Represented and advised a South African multidisciplinary construction group in an adjudication involving 103 claims for Time Related Charges valued in excess of ZAR 100 million.

  • Advised and representied a large South African construction group in an ICC Arbitration seated in London, in relation to claims by a Ghanaian energy producer in excess USD 220 million, relating to delay damages, economic losses and costs for completion following the termination of the contract between the client and the energy producer for the construction of a power plant in Ghana.

  • Advised and represented an international gold mining company, listed on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, in relation to intergroup company and shareholders disputes with its local South African operations company in connection with the unlawful issue of options and warrants and the disclosure of financial information.

Professional Honors

  • Recognised as a Rising Star by Legal 500 in the field of Dispute Resolution for the EMEA region.
  • Recognised as an Associate to Watch for Corporate Investigations (South Africa) by Chambers Global.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Law Society of the Northern Provinces


  • South Africa (2014)


  • University of Stellenbosch (LLB) (2010)


  • Afrikaans
  • English

Previous Offices

  • London