Multi-Jurisdiction Panel

Our multi-jurisdiction panel members have obtained academic and professional legal qualifications in more than one jurisdiction, and work in a number of countries across the globe

John Taylor

BA (law) LLB (UCT) LLM (NYU)

Corporate Commercial Law, with a focus on transaction work


Admitted as attorney in RSA and New York, and as solicitor in England and Wales (in process)

Previously at Bowman Gilfillan, Richards Butler (UK) and Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs

Service offering includes transaction work (stock/share sales, asset sales, capital raises and mergers) and general counsel work (supply agreements, trade terms etc)

Experience gained in transactions in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Botswana, Namibia, Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, Mauritius, United Kingdom, Germany, Iceland, United States (New York, Delaware, California, Illinois, New Jersey, Washington states), Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, India, UAE, Argentina, Brazil, Malaysia, Canada, France, Russia and Singapore

Article: US Takeover Defenses

Rian Geldenhuys

BA LLB LLM (International Trade Law) Hons B (B and A) and MBA (Stell) International Legal Studies Certificate (Antwerp)

International Trade and Investment Law


Admitted as attorney in RSA and solicitor in England and Wales

Previously at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

Service offering includes advising clients on International Trade and Economic Law, World Trade Organization (WTO) Law, International Investment Law, International Commercial Arbitration and Cross-border aspects of Corporate and Commercial Law. Assisting clients in entering new markets, securing investments, providing advice on the regulatory environment, setting up of entities, drafting the necessary commercial agreements, engaging with regulators, assisting in dispute resolution and appearing on behalf of clients either in courts (where admitted) or alternative dispute resolution forums or investigating authorities. Rian also assists clients in planning for Brexit

Experience gained in transactions and other work in Angola, Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Botswana, Canada, China, DRC, England, EU, Ghana, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, USA, Zambia and Zimbabwe

Accolades include being named by Who’s Who Legal as being among the world’s leading Trade & Customs lawyers in November 2016

Articles: AGOA I, AGOA II, AGOA III, Brexit I, Brexit II and Doing Business in Foreign Markets

Niel Joubert

BCom LLB LLM (International Trade Law) (Stell) Master of International Law and Economics (MILE) (Switzerland) International Legal Studies Certificate (Amsterdam)

International Trade and Investment Law


Admitted as attorney in RSA and solicitor in England and Wales (in process)

Previously at Bowman Gilfillan

Service offering includes advising clients on International Trade and Economic Law, World Trade Organization (WTO) Law, International Investment Law, International Commercial Arbitration and Cross-border aspects of Corporate and Commercial Law. Assisting clients in entering new markets, securing investments, providing advice on the regulatory environment, setting up of entities, drafting the necessary commercial agreements, engaging with regulators, assisting in dispute resolution and appearing on behalf of clients either in courts (where admitted) or alternative dispute resolution forums or investigating authorities. Niel also assists clients in planning for Brexit

Experience gained in transactions and other work in Angola, Argentina, Antigua, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, EU, Germany, Ghana, Kenya, Indonesia, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States, Zambia and Zimbabwe

Speaks German and Dutch

Articles: AGOA I, AGOA III and Protection of Investment Act

Lisa Baird

BCom (law) LLB (cum laude) (UPE)

Projects and Construction Law


Admitted as attorney in RSA and solicitor in England and Wales

Previously at Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs, Herbert Smith and Pinsent Masons

Service offering includes regularly advising and/or leading on international PPP projects and PFI projects, advising SPVs, authorities (local and central government) and sponsors and often participating in multi-disciplinary teams (financial, technical and legal) when advising clients. Advising in relation to non-contentious construction matters: standard form construction contracts (NEC3/FIDIC) and construction-related matters such as joint venture agreements, professional consultant appointments, memoranda of understanding, non-disclosure agreements, pre-bid agreements, bonds and parent company guarantees, settlement agreements and various other commercial contracts. Extensive experience in procurement (drafting invitations to tender, pre-qualification questionnaires and the evaluation of bids). Sector expertise in infrastructure and energy

Experience gained in transactions and other work in Romania, Kosovo, Ireland, Cyprus, South Africa, British Columbia, Canada, the UAE, Qatar and the United Kingdom