Retaining Internal Clients' Trust: Balancing Compliance and Legal Services

Brandon Irsigler, Director , Strata, South Africa

Obtaining and retaining internal client satisfaction, and gaining the trust and respect of the business is the most consistently cited goal of in-house lawyers. In-house legal teams, however, now often provide an additional services to their employer - ensuring compliance by those same internal clients with a host of laws in an increasingly regulated global environment. Examples of these regulations include antitrust laws, bribery and corruption laws, state specific sanctions aimed at countries, companies and individuals, the extra-territorial reporting obligations in terms of breaches of a number of local laws, for example environmental standards, listing obligations, the protection of data and personal information – as well as any number of industry specific regulations.

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South Africa Management Management August 2017 Vol.10, No. 40, Summer 2017

Brandon Irsigler

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Brandon Irsigler trained at Norton Rose Fulbright (SA) – then Deneys Reitz Attorneys. He started his career in the mining industry as General Counsel to the world's biggest producer of ferrochrome, Samancor Chrome. He moved to the Anglo American group where he was appointed as General Counsel to the Coal division, then moving to London and working in Brazil and Chile. He headed Anglo American's compliance, commercial and litigation team for Africa. Thereafter he was appointed as an equity director of Norton Rose Fulbright (SA), focussing on significant commercial transactions within the major infrastructure and mining environment, primarily working with private equity funds, and large mining companies.

Strata

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Strata Legal provides general legal commercial and compliance assistance to a variety of multinational corporations with operations in South Africa and Africa. We focus on entities working in regulated industries – in particular the extractive (mining and gas) and associated service industries. Our clients include major listed entities on the JSE and FTSE, as well as international commodity traders, and foreign entities starting mining operations in Africa. In addition to our commercial law and compliance expertise, members of our environmental law team are amongst the most highly regarded and published practitioners, especially as regards mining environment regulations, in South Africa. Finally, we assist clients in complying with South African Black Economic Empowerment (“BEE”) requirements as set out in the various mining laws and charters, and providing bespoke, practical, commercial corporate structures which comply with these regulations.

South Africa Management Management August 2017 Vol.10, No. 40, Summer 2017

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