South Africa

World Tax Reviews

Baker McKenzie

International law firm Baker McKenzie’s tax practice is led by a team of expert tax advisers and lawyers. The team provides tailored services for clients active in various sectors such as retail, energy, tech, IT, manufacturing and more, on complex domestic and cross-border transactions. The practice has six specialised tax areas: controversy, TP, compliance and due diligence, indirect tax, corporate and transactional tax and HNWI advisory. Stephan Spamer is the partner heading the practice comprised of two partners and two senior executives. 

The tax team assisted luxury goods company LVMH on tax due diligence regarding the acquisition of hotelier, train services and river cruises operator Belmond. The value of the transaction was estimated at $3.2 billion.

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

Full-service South African law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr has an established tax practice offering full tax services. The team of eight partners specialises in binding rulings, empowerment structures, private equity, policy development, indirect tax and more. Emil Brincker is the partner heading the practice.


Full-service law firm ENSafrica is one of the largest in the country and has one of biggest tax teams. It has established itself as finding innovative solutions in complex and large capital transactions. The team of 45 multi-disciplinary lawyers is experienced in taking on complex domestic/international tax cases. Some of the team’s expertise is in financial structuring, indirect taxes, corporate transactions and dispute resolution. The firm has an extensive network with 14 offices, mainly across the continent. It is led by four directors and one executive. 

The team recently advised Liberty Holdings in a multibillion-rand reorganisation of its products offering regarding the tax aspects of its some investment products.

Webber Wentzel

Webber Wentzel is highly recommended for its tax legal services. The practice covers all areas, both contentious and non-contentious. The team has in-depth experience providing innovative solutions in domestic and cross-border complex tax issues. Its client portfolio consists of large capital enterprises and medium-sized companies, private clients, non-profit organisations and more. The team has 16 partners and each specialises in specific tax areas. 

The firm represented Sasol Oil against the Commissioner of the South African Revenue Service (SARS). The case was valued at R1.3 billion.