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Marelise van der Westhuizen

Head of Risk Advisory, South Africa; Director

Marelise van der Westhuizen


T:+27 11 685 8863

Marelise is a corporate and commercial lawyer based in Johannesburg. Marelise is the head of our risk advisory practice in South Africa.

Marelise focusses on litigation and dispute resolution, corporate and commercial litigation, mining, minerals, natural resources and energy. Marelise practices in all areas of corporate and commercial litigation, with experience in company law, insolvency law, contractual disputes, mining litigation, banking law and procurement matters.

Marelise advises the financial sector extensively on various aspects of regulatory law and in particular the implementation of and their continued compliance with the Financial Intelligence Centre Act and the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act. She also advises the banking industry on anti-corruption and money laundering legislation and parastatals and development finance institutions on their preferential procurement frameworks and related litigious disputes.

Chambers Global 2013 refers to Marelise as a ‘very detail orientated lawyer’ who works on top-level mandates in the mining industry. She was also recognised by Chambers Global for dispute resolution in 2014.

In March 2015 Global Investigations Review ranked Marelise in Women in Investigations in the Top 100 Investigations Specialists around the world.

She was the Chairperson of the Law Society of South Africa's committee on anti-money laundering legislation and an appointed member of the Money Laundering Advisory Council, a committee who advises the Minister of Finance on aspects relevant to anti-money laundering legislation in South Africa

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  • Rankings and recognitions
    • In the Acritas Star Lawyers survey, published in January 2018, Marelise was designated as a "Star Lawyer". The Star Lawyer designation is based on feedback from 4,300 clients over a three year period.