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Firm Overview

Established in 1982, Koep & Partners offers a comprehensive legal service to clients with business interests in Southern Africa. The firm offers a broad spectrum of expertise in areas ranging from banking and finance to mining and the energy sector. The diverse practice features prominently on M&A and project financings and has significant presence in areas such as IP and competition law.


We undertake to at all times act:

  • in the client's best interest
  • professionally and ethically
  • to the best of our ability and
  • confidentially

 

Lawyers

 

Josias Andries Agenbach

Josias Andries Agenbach was born on the 24th of January 1961 in Mariental, Namibia. He was educated in Stellenbosch, Republic of South Africa, where he attended school and obtained a BCom degree in 1981 and a LLB degree in 1983 from the University of Stellenbosch. He qualified as an attorney, after serving his articles of clerkship with P.F. Koep and Co. under Peter Koep. Mr Agenbach concentrates on High Court litigation, corporate and commercial work, banking law, trademarks, patents and transportation (road and air). Mr Agenbach is a member of the Law Society of Namibia and has served on, inter alia, the High Court Committee, the Human Rights Committee and also as an examiner for the trial examination that candidate attorneys have to pass for admission to the legal profession. Mr Agenbach specialises in Financial and Commercial law, mergers and acquisitions and the performance of legal and commercial due diligence investigations for commercial transactions.

Firm Highlights

 

Significant marketplace recognition includes:

Acquisition International M&A Awards
Merger Control Firm of the Year Namibia 2013

Corporate Intl Magazine Legal Award
Mining Law Firm of the Year in Namibia 2013

Finance Monthly Global Awards
Mining and Energy Law Firm of the Year Namibia 2013

Finance Monthly Law Awards
Mining and Energy Law Firm of the Year Namibia 2013

Acquisition International M&A Awards
Namibian M&A Law Firm of the Year 2012



Key clients include:
The firm’s client base includes some of the largest companies and corporations in Namibia. Many of the firm’s clients are headquartered in the Republic of South Africa or overseas, ranging from major banks and insurance companies to fishing companies, mining houses and construction companies.

Clients include: Nedbank Namibia Limited, First National Bank of Namibia Limited, Samicor (Pty) Limited, LLD Diamonds Namibia (Pty) Limited, United Africa Group, Namura Mineral Resources (Pty) Limited, Mutual & Federal, the Development Bank of Southern Africa, Wilderness Safaris Group, Cymot Group, Namibia Wildlife Resorts, National Housing Enterprise, LTA Grinaker Group, Murray & Roberts, Ittur Industrier AB, Schwenk Zement International AG, Okorusu Fluorspar (Pty) Limited, Rosh Pinah Zinc Corporation and Teal Mining and Exploration Corporation and NAMCOR.

Practice Areas

 

Mergers and Acquisitions:

The firm’s transactions in this area range from small private acquisitions to advising on takeovers of companies in Namibia whose head offices are situated in South Africa. Recently, the firm was appointed to advise upon and conclude the largest merger in Namibia.

Banking and Finance:

The firm represents two of the largest banks in Namibia, as well as the Namibian Bankers Association. The firm has advised financial institutions on their loan transactions and mortgage policies. At least one partner of the firm attends annual banking seminars in order to keep abreast of national and international developments.

Insurance:

The firm represents the largest insurance company in Namibia in the form of providing litigation services and advice with respect to contracts and general insurance business. The firm also litigates for and on behalf of the insurance company in Namibia and South Africa.

Intellectual Property:

The firm provides specialist services in trademarks, patents and copyright.


Litigation and Arbitration:

The firm specialises in commercial litigation and has been involved in national arbitrations and ADR. Its lawyers are frequently involved in cases before the High and Supreme Courts of Namibia and have appeared in matters before the Courts in South Africa.

Energy Law:

The firm plays an active role in the development of law in the energy sector through its role in providing advice to a major corporate client involved in the oil and gas industry.

Corporate Law:

The firm advises on all aspects of general corporate law; including the drafting of contracts for Namibian and South African clients.

Property:

The firm provides counsel on property law, transfer of properties and sectional titles and registration of mortgage bonds.

Employment:

The firm specialises in matters relating to Namibian employment law.

Mining:

The firm’s senior partner specialises in mining matters and represents some of the largest mining houses in Namibia. He also authors numerous articles and contributions that have appeared in international journals and publications. The firm is actively involved in the mining industry, in advising existing mining companies, as well as incumbent mining companies. The senior partner has been involved in a number of due diligences leading to the listing of companies with substantial mining interests in Namibia and on the Toronto and London Stock Exchanges. The senior partner has extensive knowledge on offshore diamond mining.

Administrative Law:

The firm is involved in a number of review applications to the High Court of Namibia, mostly with regard to actions taken by Ministries and/or officials in the Ministries or parastatals.