Bowmans eyes ENSafrica for Johannesburg hire


A tax lawyer from ENSafrica has moved his practice to Bowmans in Johannesburg.

A tax lawyer from ENSafrica has moved his practice to Bowmans in Johannesburg.

Just a few months after losing partner Chris Green to Pinsent Masons in South Africa, Bowmans has brought in Mike Benetello, a tax specialist from ENSafrica, where he spent three years and left as joint tax practice head and executive.

Benetello has now joined Bowmans as a tax executive in Johannesburg, expanding the firm’s capabilities in corporate, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and mining law, as well as international tax.

Before ENSafrica, Benetello spent seven years as PwC, as a partner and Africa leader specializing in M&A and tax, and based in Johannesburg.

Corporate restructuring and debt matters, as well as private equity transactions, disputes, executive share schemes and payroll taxes, international planning and tax due diligence all form part of Benetello’s practice. He also acts on banking and finance matters and tax-related aspects of business rescues.

Benetello began his career with a year at Ernst & Young where he was a partner, leaving to join KPMG where he was also a partner and became head of international tax. During this time, he also became national tax committee chair at the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.

He is also currently a member of the South African Institute of Taxation’s corporate tax and international tax committees.

“Over the past few years we have concentrated on expanding our Africa-wide tax practice to meet the growing needs of our clients across the continent” explained Bowmans’ deputy chair Ezra Davids in a statement.

He highlighted Benetello’s “22 years ‘experience in complex taxation matters” as a great benefit for Bowmans’ tax division and its clients.

A pair of transactional partners, one of them from PwC, joined Bowmans in March, two years after the firm opened in Mauritius.

Berkeley Research Group expanded its Johannesburg-based professional team by hiring Sibahle Magadla in March last year, having established its Johannesburg office in late 2019.

Other Johannesburg hires include DLA Piper‘s recruitment of derivatives lawyer Bridget king from Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr in March.

Bowmans eyes ENSafrica for Johannesburg hire


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