Mariëtte du Plessis

Mariëtte du Plessis is our exclusively recommended Intellectual Property Law expert in South Africa on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Mariëtte directly using the contact details listed above.

Mariëtte is currently a senior partner in the Trade Mark Litigation section of the Trade Marks Department. She has been a partner in the firm of Adams & Adams since 1997 and is an experienced top-tier ranked IP attorney with over 30 years of experience in IP. She served on the Minister of Trade’s Standing Advisory Committee on IP for a number of years. She was the chairlady of the Trade Mark Litigation section in 2009 and has chaired the Design Committee and initiated the firm’s sponsorships for The Design Indaba, The Loeries Advertising Awards and South African Music Awards (SAMAs) to raise awareness of IP amongst creatives and performing artists in South Africa. She currently serves on the firm’s African and the Marketing committees.

Mariëtte specialises in all trade mark, copyright, advertising law and domain name related disputes throughout Africa, as well as regulatory advice. She represents high profile South African and international clients in their trade mark and copyright matters throughout Africa. She is the client relation partner for many of the firm’s top local and international clients.

Mariëtte has been involved in a number of high-profile cases over the years.  In the case of Pioneer Foods (Pty) Ltd v Bothaville Milling (Pty) Ltd, she successfully represented the respondent in the case up to the Supreme Court of Appeal. It is regarded as the “road map” for passing off cases in South Africa. She is also a Senior Adjudicator for .co.za domain name disputes.

Mariëtte served as a Council Member of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) for many years and was the President in 2007. She served on and chaired the Copyright and Trade Mark Law committees of SAIIPL for many years. She received a Presidential Award in 2012.

Mariëtte has served on numerous INTA committees including Africa Legislative Analysis committee (and chaired it), PDA Council, the OAPI/ARIPO sub-committee and currently the Law Firm Management sub-committee. She is also currently the secretary of the Marques International Trade Mark Team and serves on the Working Group on the Improvement of ARIPO.

Mariëtte has a particular interest in IP aspects of the arts, design and advertising, with a focus on educating young creative talents to protect their IP. She regularly lectures on IP at advertising and design schools.

Mariëtte du Plessis has written numerous articles on a wide range of IP related topics in South Africa and published articles in World Trade Mark Review, Marques newsletters and local publications, including De Rebus, the leading publication for attorneys in South Africa. She has also presented talks on IP at many South African conferences. She has been quoted in newspaper articles and is regularly approached for interviews by local newspapers, radio and television stations.

Firm Overview:

Adams & Adams is an internationally recognised and leading African law firm that specialises in providing intellectual property and commercial services.

With primary office locations in South Africa and branches and associate offices in a number of African countries, our firm’s leadership position is reflected in the ground-breaking work we do, the valuable client relationships we have and the quality of our professionals.

Our more than 200 professionals specialise in various legal and technical disciplines in intellectual property law, commercial and property law, and litigation. We proudly represent many of the world’s largest corporations and organisations, as well as small to medium-sized companies, and our 70 partners are established pathfinders and thought leaders in their respective practice areas.

Our Intellectual Property law practices work with clients around the globe and across many industries to protect, enforce and commercialise their intellectual property including trade marks, patents, copyright
and designs.

Likewise, our general commercial legal services practices boast competent and powerful teams that are purposed to represent clients in expertise areas such as commercial litigation, property services, public procurement, banking and finance, mergers and acquisitions, tax, franchising, personal injury, arbitration and dispute resolution, and technology, among others.

Advisory Excellence Appoints Mariëtte du Plessis and Adams & Adams in South Africa (streetinsider.com)

FNB – First National Bank

FNB is our exclusively recommended Fiduciary Law firm in South Africa on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact FNB directly using the contact details listed above.

FNB is the oldest bank in South Africa, and can be traced back to the Eastern Province Bank formed in Grahamstown in 1838. Today, FNB trades as a division of FirstRand Bank Limited. When looking at FNB’s history, two things in particular stand out. The first is a story of survival – different circumstances in South Africa have posed many great challenges in our history, all of which FNB has successfully met. This track record provides a strong foundation for our future challenges. The second is a story of people – our history has always been firmly influenced by the needs of the people we serve.

The Acacia tree in our brand logo is a suitable representation of our history. Our roots run deep in South Africa, and we have grown thanks to our commitment to serving the needs of our clients and communities.

A landmark development in FNB’s history took place in 1998 when the financial services interests of Rand Merchant Bank Holdings and Anglo American were merged to form FirstRand Limited. In the process, FNB was delisted from the JSE on 22 May 1998 to become a wholly-owned subsidiary of FirstRand, which was listed on the JSE on 25 May 1998. On 30 June 1999, the banking interests of FirstRand formally merged into a single entity to form FirstRand Bank. FNB, WesBank and RMB now trade as divisions of FirstRand Bank.

Ryan Cummings

Ryan Cummings is our exclusively recommended Risk Management Services expert in South Africa on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Ryan directly using the contact details listed above.

Ryan is a director of Signal Risk. He is an independent consultant to various international news media outlets including the New York Times, TIME magazine, the Associated Press, Al-Jazeera, AFP and Deutsche Welle. He is also a contributor to publications and think tanks, most notably CNN, the Tony Blair Foundation, the International Peace Institute (IPI) and Henley and Partners, on issues of terrorism, conflict, migration and political instability in Africa.

Firm Overview:

Signal Risk specialises in risk management on the African continent. Our team prides itself on being continent-level experts with the strongest possible conception of country-specific risks and their associated impact on our client’s operations and strategic decision-making.

Signal Risk’s clients include international NGOs, mining consultancies, major banks, Fortune 500 companies, and SMEs.

Finally, Signal Risk’s analysis of risk on the African continent is often sought by major international news media agencies.

Apicksha Patel

Apicksha Patel is our exclusively recommended Energy Finance expert in South Africa on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Apicksha directly using the contact details listed above.

Apicksha specialises in infrastructure and energy finance in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. She has over 12 years of experience in the transport, renewable energy, healthcare, education and accommodation sectors.

Abundant natural resources, an evolving infrastructure sector, expanding corporate finance markets, and a population expected to double by 2050, make Africa an exciting market for our clients.

Our pan-African practice spans 50 partners and more than 150 lawyers across four continents. This team includes individuals from common and civil law cultures who understand the different legal jurisdictions and languages across Africa. We are unusual in having worked in almost every one of these jurisdictions.

Connectivity into and within the region is vital. Thanks to regional hubs in South Africa, the UK, France, the Middle East and China, we have the right team for our clients’ needs – from Chinese and Gulf outbound-investment or project advice to Francophone or Arabic-speaking Africa-related assistance. We also have strong relationships with preferred national and local law firms, clients, intermediaries and professional advisors, regulatory bodies and governments.

Much of our work in Africa relates to infrastructure finance and development. We provide an ‘entire project lifecycle’ service, supporting those who have a hand in designing, building, delivering, supplying, operating or maintaining Africa’s major infrastructure assets. As market leaders in developing investment models, particularly involving public/ private partnerships, we have used our expertise to help bring private capital and technical improvements to many power and transport projects in Africa. We are proud to be part of making possible the financing and growth of vital infrastructure on this continent.

Sunette Prinsloo

Sunette Prinsloo is our exclusively recommended Assurance Services expert in South Africa on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Sunette directly using the contact details listed above.

We provide a full range of accountancy, business advisory and financial services that will help you to achieve your personal and business goals. Equipped with our deep understanding of your professional challenges and opportunities, we’ll go beyond the traditional accountant role to mentor you through whatever the future holds.

Kreston Johannesburg has been providing professional service for over 27 years. With four partners and fourty five professional staff members we are well positioned to meet your accounting and auditing needs.

Kreston International is a global network of accounting firms each of which is a separate and independent legal entity and as such has no liability for the acts or omissions of any other member firm.

Each member of the international network in South Africa (Kreston SA) is likewise, a separate and independent legal entity.

Kreston Johannesburg is a Level 3 BBBEE contributor and is committed to sustainable transformation and transferring skills to create exceptional accountants and auditors.

You can download our BEE certificate here.

Jacques De Villiers

Jacques De Villiers is our exclusively recommended Tax Advisory Services expert in South Africa on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Jacques directly using the contact details listed above.

We provide a full range of accountancy, business advisory and financial services that will help you to achieve your personal and business goals. Equipped with our deep understanding of your professional challenges and opportunities, we’ll go beyond the traditional accountant role to mentor you through whatever the future holds.

Kreston Johannesburg has been providing professional service for over 27 years. With four partners and fourty five professional staff members we are well positioned to meet your accounting and auditing needs.

Kreston International is a global network of accounting firms each of which is a separate and independent legal entity and as such has no liability for the acts or omissions of any other member firm.

Each member of the international network in South Africa (Kreston SA) is likewise, a separate and independent legal entity.

Kreston Johannesburg is a Level 3 BBBEE contributor and is committed to sustainable transformation and transferring skills to create exceptional accountants and auditors.

You can download our BEE certificate here.