Ismail Laher

Job Description: 
Director and BBBEE Specialist
Norton Rose Fulbright


Ismail is a commercial lawyer practicing in the corporate, mergers and acquisitions team based in Johannesburg. 
Ismail also focusses on Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) structuring and BEE advice. 
Ismail has advised on and assisted with various commercial transactions including corporate structures and restructuring, drafting agreements (e.g. sales of shares and sales of business, loans, service and supply transactions, property sales and leases, shareholders and association agreements), licensing and corporate administration. He has worked on transactions in highly regulated industries including aviation, banking, gambling and mining. 
Ismail has provided advice to private clients in relation to the existing and proposed local ownership requirements to be issued and hold licences under the Renewable Energy Independent Procurement Power Producer Procurement Programme, the Petroleum Products Act and relating to exploration rights and productions rights under the Mineral Petroleum Resources Development Act. 
Ismail also regularly advises both local and foreign clients on the BEE in South Africa and is an Empowerdex accredited “Certified Empowerment Technician”. Ismail has advised clients on the impact of existing BEE laws on the South African market in relation to BEE requirements. Ismail has assisted clients with preparing BEE policies and strategies, restructuring shareholdings to introduce BEE owners or increase BEE ownership, advising on best practices to maximize a company’s BEE score without restructuring and reviewing and commenting on draft Sector Codes released for public comment. 
He was born in Leicester, England and moved to Durban, South Africa in 1988 where he completed his primary and secondary schooling. 
He attended Rhodes University for his tertiary education between 2001 and 2006 where he completed a Bachelor of Arts (2003), Bachelor of Laws (2005) and Masters in Law (2006). Ismail lectured a portion of commercial law 1 at Rhodes University during 2006. Ismail joined the Norton Rose Fulbright in January 2007