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Gerhard Rudolph



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Gerhard Rudolph



Gerhard Rudolph is head of the Litigation & Investigations department in our Johannesburg office. He has extensive experience in representing and advising both domestic and multinational corporate clients in a broad range of contentious matters in South Africa, across the African continent and beyond.

Gerhard has a truly international practice, with numerous cross-border mandates in the following key focus areas:

Large disputes in the energy, mining and infrastructure sectors.

Complex transactional and regulatory disputes involving financial institutions, including regulatory and compliance investigations, asset tracing, global recovery processes and judicial commissions of enquiry.

Contentious restructuring and insolvency disputes for a number of local and multinational corporates.

Gerhard has been ranked as a leading dispute resolution lawyer in legal directories for more than a decade. He is also regarded as one of the leading construction law specialists in South Africa.

Comments made about him include: “he frequently litigates in banking and construction matters and sources commend his extensive knowledge and experience”, “a stalwart of the construction market and maintains a strong reputation for his superb knowledge and experience in this area” (Chambers 2015); “an exceptional litigator”, technically bright”, “commercially astute”, “at the top of his game” (Legal500 2015); “he is extremely competent”, “very good attention to detail”, (IFLR1000 2015); “market observers single him out as a ‘superb litigator’”, “widely commended”, “very knowledgeable and delivers excellent work” (Chambers 2016); “among a group of elite construction professionals, adding ‘real value to a dispute’ and ‘providing insights into strategy’”, “an exceptional contentious practitioner that is highly regarded by financial institutions and corporates” (Legal500 2016); “described as ‘very good indeed’”, “attracts further praise for his impressive experience in construction-related litigation matters and other complex commercial disputes”, “stands out for his commercially savvy advice, tremendous business acumen and excellent drafting and negotiating skills.” (Chambers 2017); “skilled”, “commercially as well as tactically astute”, “provides a very personal service”, “a leader in mining sector disputes” (Legal500 2017); “has a wealth of experience handling high value construction mandates”, “highly acclaimed for his knowledge of contentious construction issues and risk management”, “one of the leading lawyers in the market”, “very knowledgeable and practical” and “widely respected for his work in contentious matters” (Chambers 2018); "one of the top lawyers in South Africa", "commercial and solutions-driven approach" (Chambers 2020).

News & insights

Hong Kong's Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) Enforcement Actions Tracker

Publications: 11 MAY 2021

Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) Enforcement Actions Trends and Tracker

The SFC's latest annual and quarterly reports highlight the SFC's regulatory work since April 2019 and illustrate some key trends in its enforcement agenda.

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Columns outside court

Publications: 28 APRIL 2021

Are employers required to disclose investigation reports in the CCMA?

In a recent unreported judgment between South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee v CCMA and Others, the Labour Court considered whether an employer is required to disclose a forensic…

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Publications: 13 AUGUST 2020

Webinar: Horizon scanning after Covid-19 enhancing resilience – exploring opportunities in Africa

On Thursday, 23 July 2020 Litigation and Investigations Partner, Gerhard Rudolph and Projects Director, Allen Leuta, were joined by Candice Govender (Sage Group plc), Lizelle Marwick (AngloGold…

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Balancing foreign investor protections

Publications: 14 AUGUST 2019

Balancing foreign investor protections with domestic policy initiatives in South Africa

One should not underestimate the positive effect of foreign direct investment on a country’s growth and development and the importance of creating an investor-friendly environment in uncertain…

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Attorney, South Africa, 1995


LLB, University of Pretoria, 1992

BLC, University of Pretoria, 1990