The Cathay Associates network member in Johannesburg, South Africa:
Tabacks Attorneys

Established: 2000

Staff: 47

It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

—Nelson Mandela

Cathay Associates is represented in South Africa by Tabacks Attorneys. Tabacks is a premier law firm in South Africa, offering expert legal assistance and practical commercial legal advice to a broad spectrum of clients. Tabacks is consistently recommended by both clients and other lawyers as a firm of choice. Based in Johannesburg, it’s legal expertise as well as domestic and international approach to the finding of legal solutions, exceed client expectations in a number of core sectors and industries


Recognition in Chambers Global Ranking of Lawyers

Recognition in Who’s Who Legal


Tabacks operates in a range of legal areas:

  • Corporate and Commercial – acquisition of various offshore assets including in Turkey, Romania, Kenya and Russia
  • Employment and Labour –  unfair dismissal, retrenchments, arbitration, employment agreements, legal opinions and training
  • Litigation –  Private arbitration regarding the proper VAT accounting procedures and consequences in joint venture arrangements, business rescue and liquidation proceedings, gaming, regulatory, media and competition law.

Tabacks provides specialist legal services to numerous high profile companies in South Africa :

  • Sasol
  • Metair
  • Anglo American
  • De Beers Consolidated Mines
  • Glencore Operations S.A (Alloys and Coal Divisions)
  • Kumba Iron Ore
  • BHP Billiton
  • Tsogo Sun


James Cross


Catharine Keene


Derrick Kaufmann



Cathay Associates is represented in South Africa by Tabacks.

Tabacks is a leading firm rendering professional legal services in South Africa and internationally. Our reputation is built on the depth and reach of our expertise, which is made possible by a specialised team of leading lawyers, as well as service excellence and client-responsiveness that has made us one of South Africa’s go-to firms in a number of vital areas.


Our Johannesburg-based firm has a strong track record with clients from a wide range of sectors, including the building and construction industry, manufacturing sector, the energy (oil, gas and renewable technologies) and mining sectors, as well as retail operations covering food and clothing, pharmaceutical products and franchise operations, property and the banking sector.


  • Competition Law

We have been involved in a number of high profile cases, and dealt with those successfully due to our talented and strategically-minded competition law team, which brings a thorough knowledge of both South African and international competition law. Our service expertise includes: merger advice & notifications, anti-competitive merger intervention, complaints on prohibited practices (horizontal & vertical agreements and abuse of dominance), corporate leniency, exemption applications, competition law compliance training, and assistance with dawn raids.

  • Environmental, Health and Safety Law

We offer clients extensive proficiency in simplifying client and business requirements, refining solutions where they can be the most complex, in a wide range of services, including: renewable energy solutions, climate change initiatives and carbon trading markets, electricity and independent power producers, oil and gas law (both in South Africa and Africa generally), land use planning and zoning, water law, mine health and safety inquiries and SHE compliance/performance audits, and sustainability strategies.

  • Mining Law

Mining regulation in South Africa changed to a legislated system subject to both constitutional and administrative law principles.  This change has brought with it new challenges for business operating in the mining sector.  We specialise in offering advice on: key mining industry legislation; new applications for rights, permits and permissions; conversion of rights and permits, as well as all relevant mining and prospecting agreements, share and business sales of mining-related operations, and due diligence investigations.


13 Eton Road

+27 11 358 7700

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