real estate

Economic development in most African countries is driving unprecedented investment into real estate. Providing legal advice on property investments is a complex process, because the laws governing a diverse range of specialist areas need to be considered.

We are experts in the field of real estate law and have a thorough understanding of the commercial and legal requirements of a variety of clients in this area.

We provide expert contractual, commercial and conveyancing services for the financing, development and construction of real estate projects. We also advise on real estate investments.

We are able to assist clients with all property acquisitions and disposals ranging from individual properties to entire property portfolios.

We have acted in a wide range of real estate developments including ‘A-grade’ office, regional shopping centre and prestigious golf course developments. We advise clients on development contracts, development leases, project management agreements and ancillary matters.

We have acted in a number of property financing transactions including syndicated loans for the acquisition of major property portfolios to be listed on securities exchanges, typical bare dominium financing structures and the financing of property developments and major industrial projects.

Every commercial property transaction gives rise to various taxation issues. We have a thorough understanding of transfer duty, value added tax, capital gains tax and income tax in respect of property transactions and are able to assist clients to structure their transactions efficiently.

Our dispute resolution specialists provide advice and act in commercial property and real estate disputes arising out of lease agreements, evictions, acquisitions, disposals, property developments, construction, regulatory matters and general contractual arrangements pertaining to property.

Our clients range from real estate developers and consultants to commercial and residential agents and private individuals. We act for lenders and borrowers, major domestic and international banking and financial institutions, listed and unlisted corporations and state owned enterprises. 

Specialist Services

  • Investment
  • Financing
  • Development
  • Construction
  • Other

We assist clients with:

  • Registering the transfer of residential, sectional title, commercial, industrial, agricultural and recreational real estate
  • Negotiating and drafting real estate agreements
  • Purchasing and developing residential and commercial real estate
  • Preparing and submitting the registration of mortgage loans, surety and collateral bonds for institutional and private clients
  • Preparing and registering all notarial bonds for institutional and private clients
  • Preparing and registering notarial deeds (including servitudes, deeds in respect of sectional title schemes, lease agreements, notarial tie agreements)
  • Undertaking real estate due diligence investigations
  • Advising on the financial structuring of real estate transactions
  • Advising on real estate taxes (transfer duty, value added tax and capital gains tax)
  • Assisting non-resident purchasers and sellers of property in the countries in which we operate
  • Advising on and drafting of commercial and residential leases
  • Assisting with real estate sub-divisions and consolidations
  • Advising on the establishment and registration of townships
  • Advising on deceased and insolvent estate property transactions
  • Assisting with the planning, developing and registering of sectional title schemes, retirement villages, recreational estates and golf course estates
  • Helping with commercial real estate re-organisations
  • Planning and structuring share block, time-share, real estate syndications and fractional ownership schemes


In association with Bowman Gilfillan Africa GroupMember of Lex MundiMember of Employment Law Alliance