Pieter Niehaus

Head of Real Estate, South Africa; Director
Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc

Pieter Niehaus

Pieter Niehaus


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Pieter Niehaus is a real estate lawyer and head of the firm's real estate practice. He has experience of general property related matters, conveyancing, mortgage financing (commercial and residential) and commercial property finance as well as transfers, subdivisions and consolidations and general Notarial work, with specific reference to Notarial Bonds, all types of leases, and servitudes.

Pieter assists all the major commercial and private banks and some foreign financial institutions with mortgage financing and general property advice and also acts on behalf of the local authority from time to time in a variety of property-related matters.

Pieter regularly presents at industry seminars and at property expos in relation to the fields of mortgage financing, conveyancing and also in relation to the Consumer Protection Act, 2008 implications on property transactions.   In 2010, Pieter authored the chapter in relation to property law and conveyancing in the annual Financial Mail Property Handbook.  In 2014 and 2015, Pieter authored the chapter relating to South African property law in the Practical Law Corporate Real Estate multi-jurisdictional guide issued by Thomson Reuters.  In 2015 The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2015 edition recommended Pieter as a leading lawyer in the field of real estate law.

Pieter obtained his B.Com (Law) and LLB degrees from the University of Pretoria in 1997 and 1998 respectively and was admitted as an attorney, notary public and conveyancer in 2001 after completion of his articles of clerkship. He joined our Sandton practice's Property and Conveyancing Division in 2005 and currently still practises in these fields of law. Prior to joining the Group, Pieter practised as a property and conveyancing attorney with another well-known South African law firm for six years, initially attending to banking and general litigation matters before  starting to focus on the fields of conveyancing and property law exclusively.

Professional experience

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  • Lead counsel for international audit and advisory services firms and international mining companies in relation to their corporate head office relocations in Johannesburg.
  • Lead counsel for international mining companies in relation to mass property disposals pursuant to corporate restructuring.
  • Advising and attending to the registration of the property related aspects associated with several renewable energy projects commencing in South Africa including long term leases, mortgages, a variety of notarial deeds, notarial bonds and servitudes.
  • Advising and attending to the registration of security over mining assets (such as plant, equipment, land, slimes and tailings).
  • Advising and attending to all the property related aspects including transfers of hundreds of properties and registration of security in favour of lenders pursuant to corporate restructuring.
  • Advising wholly owned subsidiary of the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality in relation to the drafting and implementation of a Consumer Protection Act manual.
  • Advising on sale of portfolio of properties in the inner city of Johannesburg by a tax efficient structure.