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Andrew Van Niekerk

Nickname: 'Andy'

Partner at Webber Wentzel


Currently resides in: Gauteng, South Africa

Born in Bloemfontein South Africa

I lead the construction & engineering practice within Webber Wentzel's Projects: Finance, Construction and Environmental Practice and provide specialist EPC/PPP/IPP related legal services in the infrastructure, energy, mining & resources, transport and real estate domains

Business Address

10 Fricker Road, Sandton, South Africa, 2196


Professional details

Current Position(s)

Partner | Webber Wentzel in alliance with Linklaters
2014 - present

Partner within Banking, Finance and Projects Group. My function is focused on providing specialist EPC/PPP/IPP related legal services in the transport, infrastructure, energy and mining & resources sectors, with particular focus on project financed projects and government concessions.


Previous Position(s)

Director | Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs
2010 - 2014

Director within Projects & Project Finance Dept. I helped found ENS Projects Dept and was the lead counsel for engineering and construction mandates.


General Counsel | Meraas Holding
2009 - 2010

My role amounted to developing the contractual strategies and implementation thereof for the Jumeira Gardens City Project with a project budget of US$100 billion.


Senior Legal Counsel | Nakheel
2008 - 2009

I was appointed to the Waterfront project as Senior Legal Counsel (Development) and tasked with heading up the development arm of the Legal Department.

The Waterfront consist of a series of mixed use zones with an overall project value of approximately US$60 billion and I was responsible to manage, oversee and negotiate all development related contracts in respect of the aforesaid project.

I was further co-opted to provide legal assistance on the World Islands, Palm Jumeirah and Jumeirah Golf Estate projects, each in their own right being multiple billion US$ value projects.


Senior Legal Consultant | Al Tamimi & Company
2006 - 2008

I was extensively involved in all facets of development projects in the region in capacity as external counsel.


Senior Legal Consultant | Turner & Townsend
2004 - 2006

I joined Turner & Townsend as a Senior Legal Consultant in February 2004.

I assumed the position of acting Divisional Head of the Contract Services Department for Johannesburg in January 2005.


Candidate Attorney | Webber Wentzel
2002 - 2004

I concluded my articles with Webber Wentzel and was admitted as an attorney whilst with Webber Wentzel.

My experience focused on front and back end legal services in relation to, inter alia:

• media;
• mining; and
• intellectual property,

for blue chip clients.

Educational history

Secondary

Grey College, Bloedfontein, South Africa (1988)

Tertiary

University of Cape Town

1997 - 2001

BA / LLB - law

Achievements

Awards

Guide to the World's Leading Construction Lawyers | 2013

Named by Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Construction Lawyers as an expert in his field

-Petroleum Economist: Africa Energy and Infrastructure Guide | 2014

Named by Petroleum Economist: Africa Energy & Infrastructure Guide as a leading lawyer (Concessions, Corporate and Commercial and Infrastructure)

IFLR1000 | 2014

Named by as a leading lawyer in (Projects and Project Finance).

Chambers Global | 2014

Named by Chambers Global as a ranked lawyer in (Construction)

Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2014 | 2014

Named by Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa as a recommended lawyer in (Banking & Finance)

media exposure

Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Construction Lawyers | 2013

Named as an an expert in my field

Petroleum Economist Africa Energy and Infrastructure Guide | 2014

Named as a leading lawyer (Concessions, Corporate and Commercial and Infrastructure)

IFLR1000 | 2014

Named as a leading lawyer in (Projects and Project Finance).

Chambers Global | 2014

Named as a ranked lawyer in (Construction).

Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa | 2014

Named as a recommended lawyer in (Banking & Finance).

Competitive Accomplishments

1st team Grey College football | Inerschools football tournaments | 1980

Represented Grey College's football fist team at all age groups through school.

1st team First Special Services Battalion | Tempe Inter unit football tournament | 1989

I achieved the sporting distinction of representing the unit’s football team that won the inter unit football league for two years running for the 1st time in the history of the unit;

SADF provicial colours for football | SADF football tournament | 1989

Was selected to play for the Orange Free State Defense force at various inter provincial football tournaments

Provincial colours (football) | Inter provicnes tournaments | 1980

Was selected to play for the Orange Free state at various inter provincial football tournaments

Academic Achievements

Deans list for academic achievement | 2000

Dean's merit list for academic achievement during my LLB

Deans list for academic acheivement | 1996

Dean list of merit during my BA degree

Activities

Memberships

Law society of northern Provinces

member of the side bar, 2002 - present

Testimonials

- Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Construction Lawyers

"named as leading lawyer" - 2014

- Petroleum Economist: Africa Energy & Infrastructure Guide

"named as leading lawyer" - 2014

IFLR1000

"named as leading lawyer" - 2014

Chambers Global

"Named as leading lawyer." - 2014

Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2014

"Named as leading lawyer." - 2013

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