NANO MATLALA

Nano Matlala

Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

As the only founding director still active at MSMM, Matlala encourages all MSMM staff to value the company’s historical background and continue its legacy of producing distinguished attorneys.

 Qualifications and experience:

Matlala was admitted as an attorney in 1982. He has a B. PROC (UNISA), Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCI. Arb) (London), Executive Development Programme in Strategic Management (Graduate School of Management & Urban Policy, New York), Diploma in Human Rights (RAU), Higher Diploma in Company Law (Wits), Higher Diploma In Tax Law (Wits), Programme in the Management of Minerals and Mining Policy (Wits), Legal Techniques of Restructuring State Owned Enterprises (International Development Law Institute-Rome) and LLM (Commercial Law) (UNISA).

Nano Matlala is past President of the following organisations:

Black Lawyers Association, Transvaal Law Society and the Law Society of the Northern Provinces; past Chairperson of the Association for the Advancement of Black Insolvency Practitioners and Co-Chair of the Law Society of South Africa.

Current leadership roles include Senior Examiner and Moderator of the Attorneys Admission Examination, Chairperson of the Takeover Regulation Panel, Chair of the Tax Board and member of the Magistrate Commission and Tax Court.

During 1990, Nano Matlala worked at Wall Street Law firm Milbank Tweed as an international attorney in the firm’s Banking and Institutional Investment Division. There, he gained valuable experience in cross-border structured credit, banking and leveraged finance.

Matlala’s areas of expertise inter alia cover the following:

  • Aviation and maritime law
  • Business rescue, company restructuring and turnaround
  • Commercial and corporate
  • Regulatory matters
  • Insolvency and liquidation
  • Constitutional law
  • Arbitration and labour
  • Banking, finance and tax issues
  • Land claims
  • Mining law
  • Complex litigation.
 

BEKHEN NKWINIKA

Bekhen Nkwinika

Director

Qualifications and experience:

B.PROC (UNISA). He was admitted as Attorney in 1995.

Clients he has represented in civil litigation cases include the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality, Telkom SA Limited and the Land Bank Agricultural Development Bank of South Africa.

Professional approach

Nkwinika ascribes to the principles of honesty, hard work and the need to respect others. He dislikes doing anything in half measures. He says the most rewarding aspect of his job is the satisfaction of a ‘job well done and going the extra mile to fight against injustice.’

Bekhen Nkwinika’s main areas of specialisation include the following:

  • Motor vehicle personal injury claims
  • Deceased estate administration
  • Property matters (e.g. registration of companies and inter vivos Trusts)
  • Matrimonial cases
  • Immigration rights and permits
  • Administrative law advice
  • Insurance law
  • Trust law and trust registration
  • Civil litigation (High Court and Magistrate’s Court).
 

Sibusiso Gamede

Chief Operations Officer

Qualifications and experience:

Sibusiso is a seasoned and passionate lawyer. Sibusiso holds an LLB(Hons) from the University of Warwick(UK), LLM in International Energy Law and Policy from the University of Stirling (Cum –Laude, UK) and holds postgraduate certificates in Trial Advocacy (NITA-USA), Teaching Trial Advocacy( NITA-USA), Advanced Trial Advocacy (Society of Advocates-UK), and a post-graduate diploma in Military Justice (Military Justice Institute –South Africa).

Sibusiso Gamede is the first black South African lawyer to be awarded the Friedlander Prize by the Law Society of the Northern Provinces for excellent performance in the Conveyancing Examination. He is also the First South African lawyer to be trained as a Trial Advocacy Teacher at Harvard Law School (USA) by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.

Sibusiso has worked as Chief Director in the Department of Environmental Aairs and Tourism -Environmental Quality and Protection South Africa), where he was responsible for drafting and advising environmental policy and law, negotiating international environmental agreements, reviewing environmental impact assessments, advising on permitting and licensing applications and appeals.

Sibusiso also led Government delegations in the international discussion on UNFCCC, Kyoto Protocol, Rotterdam Convention, Stockholm Convention, Montreal Protocol and Basel Convention. He also worked as a consultant to the Basel Secretariat (Pretoria Regional Centre) Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Waste where he advised on the implementation of the Basel Convention, development of hazardous waste management policy and legislation to 21 African English-speaking countries.

Sibusiso also advised the Department of Minerals and Energy on the implementation of the UNFCCC, the Kyoto Protocol, and the Clean Development Mechanism. He has also worked as a Special Adviser to the Minister of Agriculture and Land Affairs, and as a Chief Land Claims Commissioner.

He also served as a Special Legal Advisor to the Minister of Energy where he advised on energy policy and laws, negotiation, the drafting of cooperation agreements with other governments, and the implementation of international energy laws and obligations. Sibusiso also served as the General Counsel of the Strategic Fuel Fund where he was responsible for negotiating and drafting storage contracts, infrastructure agreements, oil and gas sale and purchase agreements.

He teaches trial advocacy skills to hundreds of trial attorneys each year, regularly presenting programmes to the Black Lawyers Association’s Trial Advocacy Program, the Law Society of South Africa, the Law Societies of Lesotho and of Botswana, Law Schools and Universities in South Africa. Sibusiso has also taught in the National Institute of Trial Advocacy program in Boulder (USA) as a visiting lecturer.

 

Areas of specialisation include the following:

 Energy

 Investment Law

 International Trade Law

 Environmental Law

 Planning Law

 Commercial Law

 Property Law

 Administrative Law

 Litigation & Dispute Resolution