Agricultural production, says the United Nations, is one of the most important economic sectors in Africa, and food security has become even more of a concern amid the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

We are passionate about agribusiness in Africa, recognising how crucial it is for food security and GDP enhancement.

Our dedicated agribusiness team has a strong track record of working with major companies across Africa to overcome many complex hurdles and therefore we have a deep understanding of the commercial and legal intricacies which you face.

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

Over 200 years experience Over 600 practitioners 12 offices in 7 countries

We are also part of the South African National Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Team on food and security, set up to help Business South Africa and Government.

Weather, water, production, agri-tech, food safety, finance, insurance, labour… the challenges in agribusiness are endless, but so are the opportunities, and we are here to guide you as you encounter them while you expand across the continent through acquisitions, financing arrangements, intellectual property, trade arrangements and joint ventures.

ENSafrica is recognised by top ranking agencies for achieving consistently high standards when working on the continent.

As Africa’s largest law firm with over 600 specialist practitioners, ENSafrica has the capacity to deliver on your business requirements across all major industries and the continent. We are able to leverage our resources to suit your pricing preferences and deliver within your timeframes.

widely praised as the pre-eminent firm in the market
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what we offer

  • Agri-finance
  • Agri-processing
  • Commercial structuring and transactions
  • Competition
  • Disputes
  • Environmental
  • Infrastructure
  • institutional investment (retirement funds and insurers)
  • Intellectual property
  • Property and water rights
  • Tax, VAT and exchange control
  • Trade (local and international)
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their footprint in Africa is unparalleled
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innovative solutions to complex problems
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always delivers on time and in full, never disappoints, a true trusted adviser that is always available
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experiENS

USD50-million financing
Provision of USD50-million sugar financing to a major sugar producer in Kenya by an African credit financier.
ZAR5.2-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
Acquisition of Erindi Private Game Reserve in Namibia for an undisclosed purchase price, with the intention of further enhancing the ecotourism potential of the reserve. The reserve already has the greatest biodiversity in Namibia, outside of the Etosha National Park.
they completely understand our business and industry as a whole, which makes dealing with them seamless and efficient
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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)
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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