Commercial law expert within property, civil litigation and debt collection practices
Steven is an associate at our Johannesburg office. He focuses on commercial law, property law, civil litigation and debt collection. He is also a qualified and an admitted notary public of South Africa. Steven regularly advises clients on various commercial agreements. He has considerable exposure in immovable property, having regularly drafted commercial and residential lease agreements, resolved rental disputes and assisted in many purchases, sales and transfers of property. As Steven was raised in a multicultural environment he is able to communicate fluently with clients in both English and Mandarin. He has stable roots in the Chinese community, including being a member of the Gauteng Taiwanese Chambers of Commerce Youth League committee and an active member amongst the World Taiwanese Chambers of Commerce Junior Chapter.
Commercial law expert within construction and the Infrastructure and PPP practice
Nikita is a partner in Dentons' Johannesburg office who heads up the Construction and the Infrastructure and PPP practices. She acts for employers/developers, contractors, subcontractors, engineers, project managers, banks, project companies and mining companies. Nikita is well known for the cradle to grave expertise in massive infrastructure, energy and mining projects.
She is highly sought after for the drafting of standard form and bespoke construction and engineering contracts. These include engineering procurement and construction (EPC) and engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM), design and build (D&B), operation and maintenance (O&M) and design, build and operate (DBO) contracts, as well as professional appointments. She has extensive dispute resolution experience in construction and engineering projects. Her experience further extends to construction-related due diligence investigations, and she has a vast knowledge of contract administration, mediation, adjudication and arbitration within the construction industry. Nikita also has in-depth knowledge of Federation Internationale Des Ingenieurs – Conseils (FIDIC), New Engineering Contract (NEC) and Joint Building Contracts Committee (JBCC) contracts and the Construction Industry Development Board Act.
Commercial law expert within Oil and Petroleum practices
Shahid Sulaiman is a partner in the Dentons Cape Town office. Prior to joining KapdiTwala (now Dentons) Shahid gained a wealth of experience including practising for ten years with one of the big five South African law firms, where he was admitted as a director.
Shahid has acted for multinational oil firms on a range of matters from advising on industry wide agreements, supply contracts (between oil companies, and between oil companies and retailers and bulk end-users), sponsorship arrangements, terminal and depot operation agreements through to restructuring subsidiary relationships and joint ventures between oil companies in relation to storage facilities and the supply of petroleum products. He has also advised on structured funding arrangements with various banks, group-wide pension fund arrangements, in addition to advising on draft regulations promulgated under the Petroleum Products Act, and advising on the Consumer Protection Act. Shahid has significant exposure to the M&A, banking and finance, and general commercial sectors, having advised various clients on acquisitions and disposals, Islamic finance, banking regulatory issues, the Companies Act, financial services, private equity funds (fund formation, transactions and wrappers), hedge funds and funding arrangements.
Commercial law expert within mergers and acquisitions and competition (antitrust) law practices
Anthony is a partner at Dentons South Africa. He focuses on commercial law and regulatory compliance, particularly mergers and acquisitions and competition (antitrust) law in Africa. Anthony has acted for clients in a wide range of sectors, including energy, aviation, construction, mining, retail, chemical, petroleum, property, telecommunications and financial services. He regularly advises on matters such as merger approvals, due diligence investigations, shareholder arrangements, investment structures, commercial contracts and most recently South Africa’s renewable energy programme. Anthony has a postgraduate diploma in competition law from the University of the Witwatersrand and a BComm (LLB) degree from Rhodes University.
Special investigation legal expert with focus areas of White Collar Crime, Anti-Bribery and Corruption Compliance
David Loxton is a partner based at the Dentons Johannesburg office. He has experience in litigation matters, forensic due diligence, prosecution and his focus areas are fraud risk assessment and fraud prevention, ABC compliance, white collar crime investigations, detection and prevention. He also conducts highly sensitive investigations for the board and chief executive officers of numerous private sector companies and provides regulatory advice and training.
David is considered a leader in his field and is recognised by independent legal directories including the Chambers and Partners Global Guide. He has been interviewed on fraud and corruption and white collar crime and regularly shares his insights at conferences and seminars both inside and outside of South Africa.
Commercial law expert within oil, gas and private equity practices
Noor Kapdi leads the Dentons team in South Africa and is Founding Partner of KapdiTwala (now Dentons). He is a member of the Global Banking and Finance, Global Corporate and Global Energy, Infrastructure and Project Finance practice groups. Noor is an experienced commercial lawyer with particular expertise in oil and gas and private equity. He has extensive experience in all aspects of the oil and gas upstream, midstream and downstream sectors. Noor has also been involved in all aspects of the private equity industry and has established his reputation in the region, working closely with provincial and national governments. His extensive knowledge spans all facets of private equity, including, buy-outs, venture capital, fund formation and management, fund investment and advice to professionals operating in this speciality. Clients benefit from his global experience in fundraising, fund structuring and fund management. Noor has served as the deputy chairperson of the Western Cape Investment & Trade Promotion Agency (WESGRO) and as the acting chairperson of the executive committee of the South African Oil and Gas Alliance (SAOGA). He is also a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN).
Master Reward Specialist Executive Committee Member - South African Reward Association (SARA)
Reward Practice | Executive Remuneration | Wage Gap
Dr. Mark Bussin is an Executive Committee member of SARA (South African Reward Association) and is a Global Reward Practitioner (GRP) tutor. He is also the Chairperson of 21st Century Pay Solutions Group, a specialist reward consultancy employing nearly 50 deep technical specialists. He has remuneration experience across all industry sectors and is viewed as a thought leader in the remuneration arena. He serves on and advises numerous boards and Remuneration Committee’s and has consulted in many countries. Mark holds a Doctorate in Commerce and has published or presented 40 academic articles and over 300 popular papers and has appeared on television and radio, and in the press for expert views on remuneration.
Mark has been a guest lecturer at several academic institutions and supervises Master’s and Doctoral thesis. He is As a commissioner in the Presidency, he advised on the Remuneration and conditions of employment for the President, Deputy, Ministers, Judges, Magistrates, Parliament and Traditional Leaders.
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Master Reward Specialist President - South African Reward Association (SARA)
Reward Practice | Performance Management | Employee Value Proposition
From November 2016 the South African Reward Association (SARA) will be led by Nazlie Samodien, who takes the reins as president for the 2017/2018 term of office from Lindiwe Sebesho, who ends her term on a high note. Samodien has already played a significant role in the growth and development of SARA
Samodien is tasked with leading the association at an exciting time where numerous business, industry and national challenges face reward professionals – those who design remuneration structures that take into account both financial and non-financial rewards for employees on all levels.
The current socio-economic environment is placing many organisations under pressure as inflation related increases are becoming less affordable, and there is a need to develop more creative ways in which to reward employees for the work they do.
“Poverty and high unemployment, coupled with massive pay inequities, makes the reward space both complex and challenging,” says Samodien, a Master Reward Specialist with an impressive professional repertoire. “Executive pay and the wage gap remains an emotive issue, and effectively attracting and retaining employees remains a challenge in this context.”
“Companies are also currently employing three to four generations at the same time and being flexible in their total rewards offering is important to keeping employees engaged,”adds Samodien. “The role of SARA is to promote and develop the reward profession and reward practices to equip business leaders and their reward professionals to pro-actively seek solutions to these complex matters affecting our business, society and nation as a whole.”
Taking from her years of experience at Ericsson, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Edcon, Samodien is deeply committed to making a difference in the industry.
Some of the changes Samodien would like to see in the South African reward space include higher levels of collaboration on reward issues between business, organised business, organised labour and other professional bodies.
“One of the ways to realise this imperative is to have business understand the value of encouraging their reward professionals to earn a professional designation,” says Samodien. “A professional designation carries with it the assurance to employers and industry of demonstrated levels of experience, competency and ethical standards.”
Samodien believes that well designed total reward programs and practices will result in increased investment in South African citizens, and increased opportunities for previously disadvantaged individuals.
Together with her impressive professional repertoire, Samodien has an equally impressive personal list of achievements, topped by finishing the New York marathon in a respected time, despite having an iliotibial band injury. Currently planning a trip to climb Kilimanjaro with her daughter, Samodien is also looking forward to a trip to Germany to run the Berlin Marathon, and achieving her “10 in 10 consecutive years” goal by running her eighth Two Oceans Marathon in 2017.