PATRICK LEYDEN WINS CLIENT CHOICE AWARD FOR THE SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR

    Patrick Leyden, a partner in Herbert Smith Freehills’ Johannesburg office, is the winner of Lexology’s 2021 Client Choice Award for Energy & Natural Resources in South Africa, an award he also won in 2020. Patrick, a corporate lawyer, practises across a number of industry sectors but specialises in mining and energy in Sub-Saharan Africa. His … Read more

    ESG Tracker SADC Region September 2021

    There are so many ESG-related publications and developments that it is hard to keep abreast of them all. For this reason, HSF is now publishing a monthly tracker of ESG-related publications and developments. The primary focus of the tracker is on developments that may be of most interest to or which are likely to impact … Read more

    Delivering Alternative Excellence

    Fresh from scooping the title of Alternative Service Provider of the Year at the recently held African Legal Awards, Vanessa Kingsmill and Naseem Ameer-Mia of Herbert Smith Freehills chatted to Africa Legal’s Tom Pearson about their recipe for success. As a fully integrated and integral part of global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills, Alternative Legal … Read more

    Key consequences of the Gauteng High Court’s decision in Minerals Council of South Africa v The Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy and Thirteen Others (Case No. 20341/19)

    Summary On 21 September 2021, a full bench of the Gauteng High Court delivered a unanimous and strong judgment declaring that the Broad-based Socio-economic Empowerment Charter for the Mining and Metals Industry, 2018 (Mining Charter III or the Charter) is simply policy and not legislation or subordinate legislation – as long contended by the Department … Read more

    Key consequences of the Gauteng Division of the High Court’s decision in Minerals Council of South Africa v The Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy and Thirteen Others (Case No. 20341/19) (Mining Charter III Judgment)

    On 21 September 2021 a full bench of the Gauteng Division of the High Court delivered a unanimous and damning judgment declaring that the Broad-based Socio-economic Empowerment Charter for the Mining and Metals Industry, 2018 (Mining Charter III or the Charter) is simply policy and not legislation or subordinate legislation as long contended by the … Read more

    SA Lawyer recognised globally for driving gender equality, diversity

    Herbert Smith Freehills South Africa lawyer, Plaxedes Makura, has been recognised for the fourth consecutive year for her contribution to progressing gender equality and diversity on the HERoes Female Future Leaders list. Makura is a manager in the firm’s Alternative Legal Services (ALT) team, based in its Johannesburg office. Announced in London on 9 September, … Read more

    COMESA COMPETITION COMMISSION ISSUES FIRST MERGER-RELATED FINE

    The regional competition authority for the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the COMESA Competition Commission (CCC), imposed its first merger-related fine on 3 September 2021. The fine was imposed in respect of the proposed acquisition by Helios Towers Limited (Helios Towers) of the shares in Madagascar Towers S.A. and Malawi Towers Limited, … Read more

    Africa’s journey to COP26: The state of play on the continent’s road to meeting its climate obligations

    To what extent have South Africa, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, Gambia and Ghana developed and implemented responses to Paris Agreement undertakings? This sample of countries provides some insight into sub-Saharan Africa’s past performance and current policies, and is a starting point for discussion about what the world could and should expect from … Read more

    HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS RECEIVES PROJECT FINANCE AND IFLR WOMEN DEALMAKERS HALL OF FAME AWARDS AT THE IFLR AFRICA LEGAL AWARDS 2021

    Herbert Smith Freehills has been named Project Finance Team of the Year at the IFLR Africa Awards 2021.   The firm also received recognition for its work on the Beitbridge border post modernisation project, which was named Project Finance Deal of the Year. The Beitbridge project involves the expansion, upgrading and rehabilitation of the Zimbabwean … Read more