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Michael Katz
Chairman, ENSafrica

Topic: Developments in Company Law

Professor Michael Katz leads Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs as Chairman. He has 40 years of experience in take-overs and mergers, competition law and tax, privatisation and deregulation, project finance and non-recourse financing, public private partnerships, empowerment ventures and banking and financial markets. Professor Katz was chairman of the Tax Advisory Committee to the Minister of Finance, and was chairman of the Commission of Inquiry to Investigate the Taxation System of South Africa. Professor Katz is also a trustee of numerous trusts, including the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund, Women's Development Business, Legal Resources Trust, Constitutional Court Trust and the Donald Gordon Foundation.

Professor Katz has advised on a number of large transactions, including advising the South African government on the disposal of Telkom's stake in Vodacom for R22.5b in 2008.

He is a member of the Securities Regulation Panel, a member of a number of company boards, including the Company that organised and hosted the 2010 Word Cup Soccer.

In 1998, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws by the University of the Witwatersrand.

He is chairman of the Board of National Housing Finance Corporation Limited, which has been established by the government to facilitate the delivery of affordable housing. He is on a number of committees of the Law Society of South Africa. He is also a member of the King Committee on Corporate Governance and is a course director at the University of the Witwatersrand of Certificate in Company Law.

Professor Katz is featured as a leading lawyer in the Guide to the World's Leading M&A Lawyers 2007, Guide to the World's Leading Tax Lawyers 2008, IFLR1000 2009, the Chambers Global Guide 2008 (M&A and Tax), and the PLC Which Lawyer 2008/2009 (M&A and Tax).

He recently advised Gold Fields on the hostile takeover bid by Harmony, and had a key role on the Sasol/Engen merger. Michael regularly presents papers on legal and fiscal topics and is the co-author of Butterworths Company Law Precedents (4 Volumes).