Ernie is a specialist in financial services, with extensive transactional and regulatory capabilities
Ernie’s practice covers a broad range of corporate and regulatory matters with a focus on the financial services industry.
Ernie regularly assists clients on structuring, negotiating and documenting complex corporate and commercial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliance structures, complex insurance and reinsurance contracts, profit share arrangements, transactions involving insurtech and parametric/indexed products, new insurance and reinsurance products and portfolio transfers.
In addition, he advises clients on all aspects of financial service regulation in South Africa, including licensing of insurers, reinsurers, branches of foreign reinsurers, cell captive insurers and microinsurers, intermediary licensing and regulation and compliance with data protection laws.
Ernie's experience also includes various types of commercial transactions, such as commercial contracts (supply, distribution, agency, licensing, services, binder, intermediary and outsourcing agreements) and technology-related agreements.
Ernie completed his LLB and BA at the University of Stellenbosch and was admitted as an Attorney in 2001. He has over a decade of experience working for a number of leading South African firms.
Ernie has been named as a leading Insurance & Re-Insurance Lawyer by The International Who's Who and Expert Guides and has been named a ranked lawyer for Insurance by Chambers Global 2020 and 2021. Ernie is also recognised as a recommended lawyer for Dispute Resolution by the Legal 500 2021.
Ernie's experience includes representation of the following clients: