Vanessa van Coppenhagen
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Vanessa van Coppenhagen is a director at ENSafrica in the corporate commercial department. She has been practicing as a director since joining the firm in 2006.
Vanessa specialises in mergers and acquisitions and commercial IP, media, hotel and entertainment law and general corporate commercial law. She has a strong commercial legal acumen, bringing a solid track record of working on and executing various mergers and acquisitions transactions; commercial IP and media transactions; and other commercially driven legal projects, acting for a number of private and public (listed) companies, both locally and offshore, including many large corporations in the in the mining sector, as well as for public charity / public foundation clients. Vanessa is known for her technical and creative skills, her client-centred approach and her ability to lead large transactions that require collaboration across various business units.
Vanessa has also been privileged to serve as long-standing external counsel to the Nelson Mandela Foundation (a non-profit and educational centre founded by the iconic political leader and former President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr Nelson Mandela). As external counsel, Vanessa has, for over a decade, acted for and advised the Nelson Mandela Foundation on a variety of legal transactions, including the development of Nelson Mandela’s post presidential residence into a fellowship centre / five star graded boutique hotel and publishing, film and exhibition/ art-work licensing and distribution arrangements.
Vanessa is recognised as a leading/ recommended lawyer by Best Lawyers 2019 (Mergers and Acquisitions Law), South Africa.
Vanessa is recognised as a leading lawyer by IAM Licensing 250 - patent and technology licensing. She is also an Associate member of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Lawyers (SAIIPL)
Vanessa has lectured Intellectual Property law part time at the University of the Witwatersrand and has presented guest lectures at the University of the Witwatersrand, the University of Johannesburg and at the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance (AFDA) on the subject of Intellectual Property law.
Vanessa has co-authored South Africa’s contribution to the UN’s and Harvard University Corporate Law Tools Project with Professor Michael Katz, which deals with the Mandate of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) on the issue of Human Rights and Transnational Corporations and other Business Enterprises.
Vanessa has also contributed to the South African chapter of a book relating to corporate law, together with Professor Michael Katz. She has also contributed a chapter on Entertainment Law in The Law of South Africa. Vanessa has written an article on Copyright Valuation which is published in The South African Mercantile Law Journal, an article on Multimedia Works as Cinematograph Films which is published in The South African Law Journal; and an article entitled "Copyright and the WIPO Copyright Treaty, with specific reference to the rights applicable in a digital environment and the protection of technological measures" which was published in The South African Law Journal.
Vanessa is recognised as a leading/recommended lawyer by:
- BA (University of the Witwatersrand)
- LLB (University of the Witwatersrand)
- LLM (University of the Witwatersrand)
- Diploma in Corporate Law (University of Johannesburg)
- Certificate in Advanced Company Law I (University of the Witwatersrand)
- Certificate in Advanced Company Law II (University of the Witwatersrand)
- Admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa