South Africa

About

As the first international firm to open an office in South Africa in 1995, White & Case has established itself as one of the region's leading law firms, serving clients across the African continent for over 40 years.

Clients value our support and advice on their most complex African deals. We advise international companies investing in Africa, as well as local companies pursuing opportunities in Africa and beyond. With over 40 offices worldwide, we offer clients a truly global perspective, enabling us to guide them through their most complicated transactions. We offer both local and English law capabilities, and are continually recognised for our work by independent sources including Chambers Global, EMEA Finance, Legal 500 and IFLR1000.

We are market leaders in the areas of corporate M&A, private equity, capital markets, bank finance, project development and finance, financial restructuring, real estate, environment, climate change and regulatory. From an industry perspective we have unparalleled experience in mining and metals, oil and gas (including LNG and petrochemicals), power, infrastructure and construction.

 

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Band 1 for Projects & Energy – Africa-wide
Chambers Global 2013 – 2019
 
Band 1 for Projects & Energy: Mining & Minerals – Africa-wide
Chambers Global 2019
 
Transportation and Infrastructure Team of the Year Award: Nacala Corridor Railway and Port Project
African Legal Awards 2018
 
Best Law Firm in Africa
EMEA Finance African Banking Awards 2013 – 2018
 
"White & Case is my go-to, including for more complicated project finance transactions. They've got longevity and a big team.
Chambers Global, Project Finance, 2019
 
"Sources describe the firm as 'excellent,' highlighting the team for its 'knowledge, expertise and commitment.'"
Chambers Global, Banking & Finance, 2019
 
"Excellent advice, quick turnaround, practical, friendly and efficient."
IFLR1000, M&A, 2019
 
"Professional and personable outfit. Thoroughly enjoying working with White & Case, specifically the partners in South Africa."
IFLR1000, Banking & Finance, 2019
 
"The firm's extensive international experience gives me the advantage of global expertise."
"Pragmatic, solution-driven, reliable."
Chambers Global, Banking & Finance, 2018
 
"The strengths of the firm are its industry expertise, access to international skills and best practice, as well as its pragmatic and hands-on approach to projects and their financing."
"Seasoned project finance lawyers with excellent work ethic."
IFLR1000, Project Finance, 2018

 

Experience

Absa Bank Limited and Barclays Capital Inc.
Representation of the international deal managers, Barclays Capital Inc. and Absa Bank Limited, in relation to the launch of a tender process by JSE-listed, global precious metal mining group Sibanye-Stillwater, to repurchase a portion of its corporate and convertible bonds. The tender will allow the company to repurchase and retire about 31% of its long-term debt. The bond notes are currently listed on the Irish Stock Exchange. while the convertible bonds are listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

Atterbury Europe Holding BV
Representation of Atterbury Europe Holding BV and its controlling shareholders in a transaction in which Pareto Limited was issued with 25% equity in Atterbury Europe Holding BV.

Carlyle
Representation of CMC SA Investments, a subsidiary of the Carlyle group and the holding company of CMC Networks - one of Africa's largest telecommunication company's - on the acquisition by a 100% black owned private equity firm, Ascension Capital Partners, of 30% of the interest in CMC SA Investments.

Eskom Holdings SOC Limited
Representation of Eskom Holdings SOC Limited on the update of its US$4 billion GMTN Programme and the subsequent issue of US$500 million 8.45% notes due 2028, and US$1 billion 6.35% guaranteed notes due 2028, guaranteed by the Government of the Republic of South Africa. The notes are listed on Euronext Dublin.

Nedbank Limited
Representation of Nedbank Limited in relation to the EUR132 million financing by Nedbank Limited to Hyprop Limited in relation to the acquisition by Hyprop Limited of a portfolio of rental properties in Europe.

Sithega Holding Proprietary Limited
Representation of Sithega Holding Proprietary Limited, a black-owned and black-run investment holding company, in relation to its indirect acquisition of a controlling stake in Prescient Holdings (Pty) Limited, a diversified global financial services group.

Sponsor Consortium, Tema Port Ghana LNG
Representation of the sponsor consortium in relation to the development of an LNG regasification terminal to be located at Tema Port in Ghana.

Syndicate of Lenders, Kenya Geothermal Plant
Representation of African Development Bank, Finnish Fund for Industrial Cooperation Limited, Eastern and Southern African Trade And Development Bank (trading as Trade and Development Bank) (as Lenders), the Agents and the Account Bank in relation to the limited recourse project-financing facilities made available to QPEA GT Menengai Limited for the design, development, financing, construction, commissioning operation and maintenance of a 35MW geothermal power plant located in Menengai, Kenya, together with all necessary auxiliary equipment, infrastructure, facilities and constructions to ensure the safe and correct functioning of the plant.