About Webber Wentzel
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Who we are
Webber Wentzel is an African law firm headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa. The firm operates in a collaborative alliance with global law firm, Linklaters, and is the South African associate of the largest African association of law firms, ALN (formerly the African Legal Network).
The firm is considered a member of the "Big Five law firms" of leading South African law firms.
What we do
Major deals include acting for:
- Anheuser-Busch InBev in respect of its business combination with SABMiller plc (c GBP79 billion)
- Woolworths Holdings Limited in respect of its takeover of Australian retailer, David Jones , valued at AUD2,14 billion (including ZAR10 billion rights offer), and its acquisition of the remaining shares that it did not already own in Country Road
- Absa Group Limited's £1.3 billion (ZAR18.3 billion) acquisition of Barclays plc's African operations
- Walmart's ZAR16.5 billion acquisition of a 51% stake in Massmart
- Industrial & Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) US$5.5 billion acquisition of a 20% stake in Standard Bank of South Africa, at the time the largest foreign investment in South Africa
- Bain Capital ZAR25 billion acquisition of Edcon Limited
- Absa Group Limited in the acquisition of 60% of the issued ordinary share capital by Barclays Bank plc's
- Vodafone ZAR22.5 billion acquisition of 15% of Vodacom
- Actis and Old Mutual in their ZAR5.16 billion secondary buy-out of Alstom (SA) (Proprietary) Limited
- MTN Group (MTN) in a failed merger with India's Bharti Airtel (Bharti), the largest announced but uncompleted merger in South Africa's history with a value of US$23 billion
- AIIF, Macquarie run fund, in the $400m toll road project in Nigeria
- Vale in acquiring BSG Resources
- In 1957 the firm advised Consolidated Diamond Mines of South-West Africa (CDM) in the Great South-West Diamond Case. CDM had been given exclusive rights to mine for diamonds in a diamond-rich area by the administrator of South West Africa, who subsequently conferred the right to Suidwes-Afrika Prospekteers. CDM successfully sued South West Africa to protect their sole right to mine.
- In 1973 the firm successfully completed the case of Venkatrathnan and Another vs Officer Commanding Robben Island. In the case the court decided that prisoners were in principle entitled to study for tertiary degrees.
- In 2004 the firm successfully challenged South African pharmaceutical price capping legislation in the Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa in terms of which pharmacists, when dispensing prescription medicine, could charge a fixed fee limited to 26% and capped at R26.00.
At Webber Wentzel we believe in utilising our Candidate Attorneys for more than just their stapling, photocopying or coffee making skills. Not only will you be a valuable member of our team, but you’ll develop exceptional skills to become a world-class attorney.
We see ourselves as a meritocracy, rewarding high quality work and leadership with promotion. Our Candidate Attorney retention rate and number of young partners bears testimony to this practice. We too believe in investing where it matters most. Each year we award scholarships and bursaries to LLB students and internally we pride ourselves in investing in training to equip our staff with the skills and knowledge to facilitate their personal growth. We are also mindful of the importance of having work-life balance, so the Webber Wentzel Employee Wellness Programme provides you with professional support to deal with the challenges that you face in life.