Safiyya Patel
Position: Partner, Corporate Practice Head
Practice: Mergers and Acquisitions, Black Economic Empowerment, Africa
Office: Johannesburg
Telephone: +27 11 530 5853

Safiyya Patel is a partner and head of the Corporate Practice at Webber Wentzel.

She specialises in general commercial law, mergers and acquisitions and transactions related to black economic empowerment (BEE) compliance and broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE) compliance.

Safiyya has advised on transactions relating to joint ventures, company formations and reorganisations and has worked across the mining, financial, and construction sectors.  Her expertise extends to media, telecommunications, broadcasting and information technology law. 

She has represented a number of international clients, local enterprises and various state-owned enterprises.

Safiyya has co-authored a work on cyber-rights. In addition, she is an admitted notary public of the High Court of South Africa.

Her expertise has been recognised by international research organisations including Legal 500, IFLR1000 (where she was listed as a leading lawyer in the IFLR1000 Women Leaders Guide 2018), Who's Who Legal, Best Lawyers, India Business Law Journal’s annual survey of the top international law firms for India-related work and is an Executive Committee Member of the Johannesburg Chapter of the Indian Bar Association.

Safiyya has B.Proc and LLB degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand and has completed a Certificate in Telecommunications Policy and Regulatory Issues from the same institution.

Areas of expertise
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Broad-Based Black economic empowerment
  • General commercial law
  • Media, technology and e-commerce
  • Highlights

    Named by:

    • Legal 500 2012 - 2018 as a legal expert (Commercial, corporate and M&A).
    • IFLR1000 2017 - 2018 as a leading lawyer (M&A; Construction and materials; Financial services; Media; Mining).
    • IFLR1000 Women Leaders Guide 2018 as a leading lawyer.
    • Who's Who Legal 2012 - 2014 as a listed lawyer (Information Technology).
    • Best Lawyers 2015 - 2018 (Corporate Law).
    • India Business Law Journal’s annual survey of the top international law firms for India-related work, 2012 - 2013.


    Member of the

    • Executive Committee of the Indian Bar Association (2015).