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072 171 1979

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ENSafrica

Legal Services

, Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, International, Kenya, KwaZulu Natal, Limpopo, Mauritius, Mpumalanga, Namibia, Nationwide, North West, Northern Cape, Seychelles, Western Cape |

ENSafrica

Legal Services

, Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, International, Kenya, KwaZulu Natal, Limpopo, Mauritius, Mpumalanga, Namibia, Nationwide, North West, Northern Cape, Seychelles, Western Cape |

With over 600 specialist practitioners, ENSafrica is Africa’s largest law firm and has the capacity to deliver on your business requirements across all major industries and the African continent. We are able to leverage our resources to deliver legal solutions that suit your pricing preferences and timeframes.

Over many years, ENSafrica has developed a large knowledge base of resources and a deep understanding of local nuances and ways of doing business. We have practical experience working on the ground and direct access to high-end, professional contacts across the continent, assuring you of consistent quality and world-class service. We have practitioners who are qualified to practise English law and French law and we have extensive experience in the legal codes of OHADA used in West and Central Africa.

ENSafrica is recognised by top ranking agencies such as Chambers Global Guide, Legal 500 EMEA Guide, IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate Guide and International Tax Review’s World Tax Guide, as well as by the African Legal Awards, for achieving consistently high standards when working on the continent.

“Widely praised as the pre-eminent firm in the market” – Chambers Global Guide 2021

We will work to find innovative solutions to ensure you achieve your commercial goals, whether it be successfully executing a strategy, maintaining a competitive edge or defending your position. Our aim is to deliver in the manner that best suits your business requirements, preferences and pricing structures. We can advise you directly, or work closely with your in-house legal teams.

With more than 200 years’ experience, ENSafrica has significant expertise across the breadth of commercial areas and covering the African continent. We are committed to creating enduring client relationships, which are founded in a values-driven culture, and to providing you with to-the-point, jargon-free advice. We harness our deep specialist expertise in areas relevant to the project and at the correct level. This enables us to tailor-make solutions for you, with the desired turnaround times and cost efficiencies.

Real estate and Property

ENSafrica continues to impress in acquisitions, disposals and development projects. The firm is praised for its ‘attention to detail’, regular updates and ‘fantastic paralegal support’ Legal 500, 2019

Property transactions in Africa and beyond have become increasingly complex and advanced as a result of changes in legislation, multi-party foreign investment and cross-border sales and purchases.

ENSafrica’s dedicated property and real estate team is able to respond effectively to these challenges due to our extensive experience in advising on property developments and projects, including resort building, land restitution claims, mining villages, oil, energy projects, water projects, student accommodation and contractual issues.

Several of our lawyers have worked together as a team for more than 15 years and our clients, many of whom are long-standing, recognise that we are dedicated to providing practical and commercial advice which is always solution-driven.

We handle a wide variety of real estate transactions and our strong track record of working on some of the most high-profile and innovative real estate matters allows us to bring solutions that add value at all stages of property investments and development transactions.

Our clients represent a broad range of industries, including the public and private sector, energy and natural resources, hospitality and leisure, property developers, banks and other financial services.

Our key differentiator is that we have the unique advantage, as part of Africa’s largest law firm, of being able to harness the expertise of more than 600 practitioners throughout the continent. ENSafrica has a significant breadth and depth of experience and specialist expertise that spans all commercial areas of law, tax, forensics and IP.

As such, we regularly partner with specialists across the firm, meaning that we are able to assist with all aspects of all matters across all sectors in all African jurisdictions, ensuring that your legal requirements are handled quickly and seamlessly.

What we offer

ENSafrica’s property and real estate team advises on all aspects of property law, including:

  • commercial (commercial, industrial, residential and retail projects)
  • development vehicles, strategies and implementation
  • lease agreements, sectional title developments, share block developments and fractional ownership
  • project-related advice, including leisure, hotels, construction, infrastructure, energy and mining projects and concessions
  • property rights
  • real estate funds, investment and facilities available to investors
  • general property law
  • compliance with local and national legislation and authorities regarding land issues
  • consumer protection
  • development of informal settlements, including applications and registrations
  • land planning, land use and rights applications
  • registration of mortgage bonds
  • restitution of land rights and heritage applications
  • transfer of immovable property
  • transactional (immovable and movable property)
  • advice on structuring of specialist transactions such as renewable developments
  • commercial contracts
  • due diligence investigations
  • financing strategies (including securities)
  • structuring of investments, including foreign investments and debt
  • tax structures

ENSafrica Immigration

ENSafrica’s dedicated immigration team has extensive experience in providing the full spectrum of immigration and civic services, offering advice and practical assistance to a wide range of business and personal clients, both locally and internationally.

As a result of greater global staff mobility amid higher international health, safety and security risks, many countries are enforcing more stringent and complex immigration policies for businesses, and therefore risk management and legal compliance are more crucial than ever. However, the law governing immigration differs substantially from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, making compliance an administrative nightmare.

While complying with immigration regulations in all the countries in which you operate can be confusing and complicated, non-compliance often results in severe penalties and even criminal sanction, impacting your business and the lives of your employees, causing damage to your reputation, delays, loss of productivity and revenue, as well as investigations by other enforcement agencies and the risk of future migration difficulties for all employees of your company.

We are able to help you plan your expatriate employment strategies, ensuring compliance and mitigating risk, so that you can continue to employ foreign nationals, run a successful global mobility programme and meet your commercial objectives.

We actively lobby for immigration reform by preparing representations to the South African Department of Home Affairs on new and proposed legislative changes.

ENSafrica is recognised by top ranking agencies for achieving consistently high standards when working on the continent.

We also offer visa assistance to personal clients. South Africa is an attractive lifestyle destination for retirees and high net worth individuals and is very accessible due to the low financial threshold needed to apply for such visas. South Africa offers well-established expatriate communities, English as a main language, favourable exchange rates, a modern economy, a high standard but low cost of living, warm weather, high quality housing, excellent schools and universities, and easy access to tourism destinations. The country is in a similar time zone to Europe, the Middle East and the United Kingdom, and its medical facilities are among the best in the world, but much cheaper and with very short waiting times.

We also assist high net worth individuals with estate planning and trusts.

What we offer

We provide the full spectrum of immigration advice, including:

  • Filing of all categories of temporary and permanent residence visa applications, including:
  • Visitors’ visas; Visitors’ visas for business purposes; Work visas, including intra-company transfer, general work visas and critical skills visas; Retired persons’ visas; Net worth visas; Study visas; Relatives’ visas; Various categories of permanent residence visas
  • Due diligence investigations and compliance audits
  • Immigration compliance, including performing audits and due diligences, advising on a tailored, codified internal practice with effective processes, and educating and training staff
  • Applications for naturalisation, renunciation of citizenship, determination of citizenship status and resumption of citizenship
  • Advisory services on police clearance applications and filing of South African police clearance applications
  • Applications to the South African Department of Labour for certification in support of visa applications
  • Applications to the South African Department of Trade and Industry for certification of the feasibility of businesses and for waiver of capital investment amounts
  • Applications to the South African Director General of the Department of Home Affairs for waiver of regulatory requirements
  • Arrangement of sworn translations and apostilles of foreign documentation
  • Liaison with the South African Department of Home Affairs and foreign missions on application and status-related matters
  • Assisting businesses regarding foreign employees in South Africa during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic lockdown period, including regarding expired visas, compliance, departures, repatriations of groups and planning for upcoming placements
  • Repatriation of groups of South African employees from abroad

ENSafrica Project Development and Project Finance

Infrastructure development is the main catalyst for growth on the African continent. As a truly African law firm, we have a deep appreciation of this context and the nuances of each country in which we operate.

Our dedicated and highly ranked project development and project finance team members are market leaders who work with top clients on highly complex cross-border infrastructure projects in specialist areas such as energy, oil and gas, rail, roads and ports, mine and resource development, public private partnerships and municipal infrastructure.

We are not only legal experts; we also understand the project development and financing dynamic, and have the commercial savvy and technical expertise to undertake a broad spectrum of project development work in an African context.

We also have the unique advantage, as part of Africa’s largest law firm, to have available to us the expertise of more than 600 practitioners throughout the continent spanning all commercial areas of law, tax, forensics and IP.

As such, we regularly partner with specialists across the firm, meaning that we are able to assist with all aspects of all matters across all sectors in all African jurisdictions, ensuring that your legal requirements are handled quickly and seamlessly.

Other Areas of Expertise

“Highly innovative approach” – African Legal Awards 2020

  • Africa regulatory and business intelligence
  • agribusiness
  • Asia
  • aviation
  • banking and finance
  • broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE)
  • competition/antitrust
  • corporate commercial
  • data privacy and protection
  • dispute resolution
  • employment
  • energy
  • environment
  • fiduciary
  • fintech
  • forensics
  • India
  • infrastructure
  • insolvency, restructuring and business rescue
  • insurance
  • intellectual property (IP)
  • intelligENS
  • international arbitration
  • mine and occupational health and safety
  • mining
  • natural resources and environment
  • private clients
  • private equity
  • pro bono and corporate social investment
  • retirement funds
  • shipping, ports and logistics
  • tax
  • technology, media and telecommunications (TMT)

“Possesses deep experience operating across the African continent” – Chambers Global Guide 2021

Countries of operation

  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Benin
  • Botswana
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cameroon
  • Cape Verde
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Comoros
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Djibouti
  • Egypt
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Eswatini (Swaziland)
  • Ethiopia
  • Gabon
  • Gambia

Their footprint in Africa is unparalleled – Chambers Global Guide 2020

  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Guinea Bissau
  • Ivory Coast
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Republic of the Congo
  • Rwanda

“impressive reach across the African continent” – Chambers Global Guide 2021

  • São Tomé and Príncipe
  • Senegal
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan
  • Sudan
  • Tanzania
  • Togo
  • Tunisia
  • Uganda
  • Western Sahara
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

“In terms of the depth and breadth of their coverage and reach, they are in a class of their own” – Chambers Global Guide 2021

Over 200 years experience, Over 600 practitioners, 12 offices in 7 countries

Our key differentiator is that, as Africa’s largest law firm with over 600 specialist practitioners, ENSafrica has the capacity to deliver on your business requirements across all major industries and the continent. We are able to leverage our resources to suit your pricing preferences and deliver within your timeframes.

Our firm’s scale and depth means that we can, at a very early stage, identify and red flag a wide spectrum of legal, employment and tax risks and challenges facing you and your business before you encounter them, enabling us to offer solutions which stretch beyond immigration law alone.

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