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Altair Richards

Altair Richards

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practical experience

Altair Richards is an Executive at ENS in the Corporate Commercial practice. She specialises in healthcare and pharmaceutical law, the food and pet food industries, as well as food and advertising law.  She also has experience in the transportation and rail engineering sectors.

Altair has considerable experience in mergers and acquisitions (amalgamations, offers, sale of shares, sale of businesses, takeovers, managed and leveraged buyouts), cross border transactions and franchising. 

She has acted for pharmaceutical manufacturers (innovator and generic human medicines and veterinary/animal health), including foreign, multi-national and South African companies, medical device manufacturers, complementary medicine manufacturers, pharmaceutical distributors and wholesalers, retail pharmacy, industry and professional associations, medical schemes, administrators and managed healthcare organisations, hospitals, food and pet food manufacturers, and food packaging companies. Altair has also assisted many clients with commercial transactions in the insurance industry.

She has acted for multinational clients in the freight locomotive and related industries, as well as the local rail engineering industry.

Altair’s experience includes general corporate and commercial drafting and negotiations, opinions, regulatory advice, updates on regulatory changes, Advertising Standards Authority work and industry advocacy.

Altair is recognised as a leading/recommended lawyer by:

  • Best Lawyers® 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 – Corporate Law (South Africa)
  • Who’s Who Legal 2019 – Life Sciences and 2018, 2017, 2016 – Franchise (South Africa)

area of expertise



  • LLB (cum laude) (University of South Africa)
  • Certificate in Legal Practice (University of South Africa)