Catharine joined Tabacks in October 2000 as one of the firm’s founding partners. She completed her articles with Deneys Reitz Attorneys.

Catharine is a senior Corporate & Commercial practitioner with a particular focus on Mining Law, working closely with the Tabacks Environmental Law team. She has over the past 18 years acted extensively for listed, unlisted and private equity clients in a range of Merger and Acquisition transactions; sales and purchases of interests in mineral rights between both local and international companies; mineral rights applications and related applications for regulatory approval; as well as a wide range of general commercial and contractual arrangements, black economic empowerment transactions, structured finance transactions, corporate restructuring transactions and the like.


Currently Catharine is engaged in, amongst others:

  • assisting two Hong Kong-based companies with their initial investments in the South Africa mining industry and the numerous commercial and regulatory issues arising therefrom;

  • generally advising and assisting an Indian-based company with its participation as the EPC / O&M contractor in several solar power energy projects pursuant to the South African Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme;

  • advising a major consortium of local and international investors in connection with the potential acquisition of an operating mine, including all associated due diligence investigations and transactional advice;

  • implementation of a broad corporate restructure of a specialist manufacturing group in connection with achieving compliance with its customers black economic empowerment requirements.


Catharine is recognised as a leading practitioner in the Mining and Natural Resources industry in South Africa by Chambers Global, as well as local legal rating agencies. She acts as general legal counsel for a number of local and international companies engaged directly or indirectly in the mining industry in South Africa, including several junior mining companies.


  • LLB, University of Witwatersrand (1994)

  • Admitted as an attorney in 1997

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