According to the United Nations, agricultural production is one of the most important economic sectors in Africa. With the population of Africa set to double to 2.5 billion by 2050, agricultural produce will play an increasingly important role in feeding the continent.

We understand that as your agribusiness expands through acquisitions, financing arrangements, intellectual property, trade arrangements and joint ventures, you will encounter many opportunities and challenges, including production, agri-tech, food safety, weather, water, finance, insurance and labour.

At ENSafrica, we are passionate about agribusiness in Africa and we recognise its importance for aspects such as food security and GDP enhancement. We have a deep understanding of the business and legal intricacies faced daily by agribusiness companies because we have a strong track record of working with top clients across Africa to overcome these complex hurdles.

With a wealth of expertise across all relevant areas of law, we can help you to find simple, creative and practical solutions in response to legal, regulatory, tax, exchange control and commercial challenges affecting your business.

We have the unique advantage, as Africa’s largest law firm, of being able to harness the expertise of more than 600 practitioners throughout the continent. We have a significant breadth and depth of experience and specialist expertise that spans all commercial areas of law, tax, forensics and IP.

As such, we regularly partner with specialists across the firm, meaning that we are able to assist with all aspects of all matters across all sectors in all African jurisdictions, ensuring that your legal requirements are handled quickly and seamlessly.

the firm enjoys a strong reputation across the African continent
Legal 500 2018

what we offer

  • agri-finance
  • agri-processing
  • commercial structuring and transactions
  • competition
  • disputes
  • environmental
  • infrastructure
  • institutional investment (pension funds and insurers)
  • intellectual property
  • property and water rights
  • tax, VAT and exchange control
  • trade: international and local
a pan-African powerhouse with a strong team of experienced and respected lawyers
Chambers Global 2018
the firm is frequently involved in the biggest deals in the market
Chambers Global 2018
ENSafrica understands how our business operates and adds value in the implementation of our transactions
Chambers Global 2018

experiENS

USD50-million financing
Provision of USD50-million sugar financing to a major sugar producer in Kenya by an African credit financier.
ZAR2.5-billion sale
Sale of the ZAR5.2-billion feedlot and abattoir business of a major South African supplier of beef products to a consortium.
Distribution contracts
Distribution contracts for a Saudi Arabian diversified manufacturing company’s agri products across Africa, as well as import taxes and customs duties.
Marketing agreements
Marketing agreements for a major South African food producer relating to East Africa (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda).
Acquisition
Acquisition of the confectionary business of a Chinese multinational conglomerate by a major South African food producer.
Trade marks and patents
Protection of a diversified chemicals group’s extensive IP portfolio of trade marks and patents for its fertiliser business and value added optimisation services for agriculture.
Water use
Water use entitlements as part of the valuation of farms by two major banks in South Africa.
Dispute
Dispute between one of Africa’s biggest agribusinesses and a Ghanaian-incorporated supplier of poultry products.
Land claims
Representation of multiple land owners in connection with land claims in South Africa.
Acquisition
Proposed acquisition of a private game reserve in Namibia by a prospective foreign buyer.
ENSafrica has a giant and versatile team
Legal 500 2018

contact

Koos Pretorius

executive
kpretorius@ENSafrica.com

Lebusa Meso

executive
lmeso@ENSafrica.com

expertise

expertise

African regulatory and business intelligence
agribusiness
Asia
aviation
banking and finance
Broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE)
competition/antitrust
corporate commercial
dispute resolution
employment
environment
fiduciary
fintech
forensics
immigration
India
insolvency, business rescue and debt recovery
insurance
intellectual property (IP)
intelligENS
mine and occupational health and safety
mining
private clients
private equity
pro bono and corporate social investment
project development and project finance
real estate / property
shipping, ports and logistics
tax
technology, media and telecommunications