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ENSafrica (Sandton)
Phone Number: +27 (0)11 269 7600
Fax: +27 (0)11 269 7899
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Banking, Bankruptcy Law, Capital Gains Tax, Commercial, Commercial Drafting, Company Law, Company Registrations, Competition Law, Construction, Consumer Law, Contracts, Conveyancing, Copyright, Corporate, Designs and Copyrights, Due diligence audits, Employee Benefits, Employee Share Incentive Schemes, Employment Law, Environmental Law, Finance (Corporate), Finance (Project), Finance (Structured), Forensic Investigations, Franchising, Fraud, Insolvency, Intellectual Property, Internet Law / E-Commerce, Labour Law, Leases, Licensing, Litigation (Commercial), Litigation (Corporate), Litigation (General), Litigation (High Court), Maritime Law, Mergers and Acquisitions, Mining, Partnership Agreements, Patents, Property Law, Sale of Business, Shipping, Sports, Sworn Translators, Taxation, Trademarks
Years of Practice: 100
Address: 150 West Street, Sandton,
Region: Gauteng / Johannesburg
Area: Sandton
Postal Address: P O Box 783347
Postal Code: 2146
Other Offices: Cape Town (Foreshore); Umhlanga (Durban); Stellenbosch.
Firm Profile: ENSafrica is Africa’s largest law firm with over 500 practitioners and advises clients across all areas of business relating to law, tax, forensics and IP throughout Africa. The firm benchmarks itself according to international standards whilst retaining a uniquely African focus, making it well-equipped to advise clients wherever they may choose to do business. ENSafrica has offices in Johannesburg, Alexandra, Cape Town, Mitchells Plain, Stellenbosch, Durban, Bujumbura (Burundi), Kigali (Rwanda) and Kampala (Uganda) and was established over 100 years ago, making it one of the oldest and most experienced full service law firms in Africa. The firm has been recognised for its contribution to Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBBEE) and is proud to be a level 3 BBBEE contributor.
History: ENSafrica has established offices and a growing footprint throughout Africa. Its offering to clients is unique, in that it is focused on Africa, and its offices do not operate through a network, nor an alliance, nor a “Swiss Verein”, but as one firm | one team with one brand, made up of people in Africa, working for Africa.

As a law firm based in Africa, ENSafrica has easy access to clients and their markets, and understands the many political, cultural, linguistic and regulatory contexts of African countries.

Whether dealing with the complexity of a multi-jurisdictional project, or the establishment of a start-up business in one African country, ENSafrica’s localised experience and expertise ensures that clients obtain the benefit of scale and scope when doing business in Africa.

ENSafrica is fully integrated across African borders, enabling it to offer clients quality, cost-effective legal advice wherever they choose to do business on the continent.

The firm has a number of practitioners qualified in English law, who have transactional expertise in Anglophone countries, as well as Francophone practitioners, who are qualified to practise French law and OHADA law, the legal system used for business by 17 nations in West and Central Africa.

In addition, the firm’s Portuguese-speaking lawyers assist in Angola and Mozambique, while its dedicated China department consists of Mandarin and Cantonese-speaking practitioners who are focused on Chinese entry and expansion strategy into Africa and vice versa.
Whether working closely with a client’s trusted advisor in cross-border matters or assisting clients directly, ENSafrica ensures that work is done in the most appropriate country for each aspect of a transaction. This formidable combination makes ENSafrica the African law firm of choice for cross-border legal advice throughout the continent.

ENSafrica’s unwavering commitment to Africa, and its goal of delivering consistent legal excellence on the continent, has resulted in its unprecedented growth and extensive offering to clients.

The firm is a leading player in the African legal market, with Chambers and Partners Global Guide consistently rating ENSafrica as a recommended firm in Africa: “its commitment towards expanding its practice outside South Africa is demonstrated by recruitment of lawyers from countries including Ghana, Kenya and Uganda, and the variety of deals it advises on in jurisdictions outside South Africa.”

one firm | one team

The key to the firm’s success and its differentiator in the market is its one firm | one team approach. Instead of practitioners doing a client’s work across a range of disciplines, ENSafrica has developed specialised teams, each comprising practitioners who dedicate themselves to building their experience and expertise in one particular area of law. As a result of this focus, work is always done by the person who can do it the best.

By integrating these numerous skill sets into one cohesive team, the firm is able to provide clients with a cost-effective turn-key solution. Irrespective of how many business areas a transaction spans, work is done not only at the right level, but also by the person most qualified to give advice. This means that clients have the benefit of deep expertise, fast turnaround times and access to specialised advice whenever they need it.


ENSafrica is a recognised market leader and is ranked by Chambers and Partners Global Guide as a leading law firm in Burundi, Rwanda and South Africa, where seven of the firm’s core practice areas are rated in the top tier.

The firm has been described as:

“A top-tier firm.” “The accessibility couldn’t be better, and they’re very hard-working people.” “An absolutely outstanding firm.” “Customer service is excellent, and the advice is practical.” – Chambers and Partners Global Guide 2013

“(ENS is) a good firm with a great client base.” “It attracts international client work and in big transactions you see these guys. They’ve shown over the years that they deserve to be among the top tier.” “There are excellent lawyers in the firm.” – IFLR1000 2013

“ENS (Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs) always ‘adds value to a transaction’. ‘Top-class professionals’ show ‘seasoned judgement’ and ‘great instinct’. (The firm) provides ‘excellent, commercially savvy advice’, ‘clarity of thought’ and ‘unsurpassed industry knowledge’. A go-to adviser.” Legal 500 2013
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