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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).

News & insights

Publications: 29 MAY 2020

Ashwani Minda v U-Shin: The Delhi High Court's recent observations on emergency arbitrator relief and the availability of court-ordered interim measures

The Delhi High Court has held that the choice of certain institutional arbitration rules could potentially disentitle parties to foreign-seated arbitrations from approaching the Indian courts for…

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Publications: 09 APRIL 2020

Covid-19 coronavirus measures impacting courts and regulatory bodies in South Africa

In the light of the Covid-19 pandemic, South Africa has implemented various measures in response to the nationwide lockdown, which commenced on 26 March 2020.

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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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Publications: 03 APRIL 2019

South Africa’s adoption of the UNCITRAL Model Law: evolution in the practice and procedure of arbitration

South Africa’s recent adoption of the UNCITRAL Model Law for the purposes of international arbitration has been widely celebrated. In a jurisdiction where the statutory framework for the conduct of,…

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Attorney, South Africa, 1995


LLB, University of Pretoria, 1992

BLC, University of Pretoria, 1990