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 specialise in bank finance, project development and finance, real estate, corporate (M&A, private equity and fund formation), and IPOs and capital markets.  Our industry expertise includes 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

Indorama Eleme Fertilizer
Advised International Finance Corporation (IFC) and a syndicate of around 20 development financial institutions and commercial lenders on the financing of the US$1 billion expansion of a world-scale urea fertilizer production facility near Port Harcourt, Nigeria. This project was named African PetChem Deal of the Year by Project Finance International magazine in 2018

ZAR6.6 billion renewable energy projects
Advised Absa Bank Limited (acting through its Corporate and Investment Banking Division), as exclusive mandated lead arranger, sole underwriter and sole hedge provider, on the ZAR6.6 billion financing for Mainstream Renewable Power's two wind projects in the Northern Cape and Western Cape provinces in South Africa. This project was named African Renewables Programme of the Year by Project Finance International magazine in 2018

Actis Real Estate
Advised lenders in the provision of the bridge, mezzanine and senior debt financing to Actis Real Estate in relation to the development of a shopping mall in Mozambique. 

First Carlyle Growth V
First Carlyle Growth V in relation to the acquisition of shares held by investment group Stellar Capital in the security technology company Amalgamated Electronic Corporation Limited.

Gammatek SA (Pty) Limited
The Eagles Trust and The WB Share Trust, as sellers, in relation to the disposal of shares in Gammatek SA Proprietary Limited.