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Webber Wentzel is one of South Africa’s leading law firms providing clients with innovative solutions to their most complex legal issues. 

Founded in 1868, Webber Wentzel is today one of Africa's leading law firms with a total staff of approximately 800, including over 450 lawyers and offices in Johannesburg and Cape Town.  Our core strategy is to support our clients wherever they do business.

A deep understanding of our clients' needs and our tailored approach has led to numerous independent awards, both in South Africa and on the continent.  These include being named Africa Law Firm of the Year at the African Legal Awards, Sub-Saharan Africa Legal Advisers of the Year at the European M&A Awards hosted by the Financial Times and Mergermarket, and Who's Who South African Law Firm of the Year for five consecutive years.

An increasing amount of our activity is focused on Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).  We have worked with our clients in most SSA countries.  Supporting this strategy is our important collaborative alliance with Linklaters, which is recognised for its leading and long-standing Africa practice. We are associated with ALN, a group of top tier African law firms, and have a complementary network of best friend law firms across SSA.  Through the firm’s alliance with Linklaters we are able to provide clients with access to Anglophone, Lusophone, Francophone and US law capability. This model enables the firm to put together a flexible fit-for-purpose team to meet our clients’ most complex business and legal needs.

Our market-leading position is reinforced by a number of accolades and achievements including being:

  • named African Law Firm of the Year for 2014 by Legal Week and the Corporate Lawyers Association of South Africa;
  • named Sub-Saharan Africa Legal Adviser of the Year at the European M&A Awards hosted by the Financial Times & Mergermarket
  • ranked in every practice area researched by Chambers Global with more individuals identified as leading lawyers in their areas of expertise than any other South African law firm
  • included in the top tier for Capital Markets, Competition, Mergers & Acquisitions and Project Finance and in the second tier for Banking by the IFLR 1000
  • named in all 11 categories researched by Legal 500
  • named South Africa Law Firm of the Year for the sixth time and the fourth consecutive year with our lawyers listed more frequently than any other firm in the country by Who’s Who Legal
  • the only South African law firm to have been selected as a World Economic Forum Global Growth Company for 2014

Our specialist expertise is grouped into:

  • Banking, projects & regulatory law
  • Commercial law
  • Corporate law
  • Dispute resolution
  • Tax law

Our lawyers collaborate across these areas to provide comprehensive legal solutions across a variety of sectors including:

  • Agribusiness, Food & Beverage
  • Construction & Engineering
  • Energy & Infrastructure
  • Financial Services
  • Healthcare
  • Industrials
  • Insurance
  • Mining
  • Oil & Gas
  • Private Equity
  • Retail
  • Telecommunications, Media & Technology
  • Transport

 

Through our collaborative alliance with Linklaters, our clients have access to a leading Africa practice (Linklaters was named Africa Law Firm of the Year 2013 by Chambers Global) and international expertise including Anglophone, Francophone, Lusophone and New York law capability. 

Our offering is enhanced by our network of best friend law firms across sub-Saharan Africa, and our associate membership of the ALN, an integrated network of 13 African law firms.

Together we provide clients with local capability coupled with market leading experience and expertise.