Biography

Willem is a Partner in the Corporate Commercial group and has over 15 years of transactional and commercial advisory experience. He has practiced in the UAE for over 12 years and is ranked in Who’s Who Legal for his franchising experience. He regularly acts for local and international blue chip clients, both listed and unlisted, on a broad range of contentious and non-contentious corporate and commercial matters.

Willem’s areas of expertise are commercial and business advisory, franchising, distribution/agency arrangements, consultancy arrangements, introduction and commission arrangements, warehousing and logistics arrangements, terms and conditions of procurement and sale, manufacturing and supply arrangements, confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements as well as multi-sector services arrangements.

Willem’s particular strength is his ability to negotiate and draft complex commercial and transactional agreements, including full suite franchise agreements, and providing pragmatic and strategic advice on all matters related to direct and indirect corporate expansion into the UAE, in general, and the Emirate of Dubai, in particular.

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Recent Experience

  • Leading a team advising Richemont on a broad range of commercial matters, including franchise and agency arrangements, in the UAE.
  • Lead counsel advising Burberry on a range of commercial matters in the UAE and GCC.
  • Lead counsel advising Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Group on a broad range of commercial matters, including service and dealership arrangements, in the UAE and GCC.
  • Leading a team advising German Automotive Multinational on dealership agreements in the UAE and GCC.
  • Advising a US Multinational Toy Company on a range of commercial arrangements, including distribution arrangements, in the UAE.
  • Advising a UK Automotive Multinational on a range of commercial agreements, including service and dealership agreements, in the UAE and across the GCC.
  • Lead counsel advising Beiersdorf on a range of commercial agreements including logistics services agreements with a regional logistics provider.
  • Leading a team advising UAE headquartered F&B Conglomerate on a broad range of commercial matters, including franchise arrangements, in the UAE and GCC.
  • Advising Ford Motor Company on various commercial issues, including franchise arrangements, in the UAE.
  • Leading a team advising a Hong Kong Multinational Retail Conglomerate on an area development franchise arrangement across the GCC.

Language(s)

  • Afrikaans
  • English

Education

2005 – LLB Bachelor of Law Degree, University of South Africa

1996 – B.Com (Law) Bachelor of Commerce Degree, University of Stellenbosch

Admission

2005 – Member of the Law Society of the Cape of Good Hope and the Cape Town Bar

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