Bernard Du Plessis

Bernard Du Plessis

Bernard is a Taxand Board member. He is based in Taxand South Africa where he is an executive at ENSafrica. Bernard is also the key contact for Sub-Saharan Africa for Taxand Africa - our pan- African Tax advisory service. He is a chartered accountant and specialises in advising on international mergers and acquisitions, international fund structuring, private equity, corporate and project finance transactions. He also extensively advises on exchange control implications of international transactions and on tax dispute resolutions.

Bernard’s experience includes advising on global projects, including structuring of complex international commercial transactions, mergers, acquisitions, group reorganizations of international and local listed and unlisted companies, infrastructure projects in various industries such as telecommunication and e-commerce, logistics, finance, mining, construction, and energy.  He has also advised on international private equity transactions and has advised on the establishment of various international investment funds, including in the property and development sectors.  Bernard extensively advises on pan-African transactions and has substantial experience on structuring and planning African investment structures and transactions. 

Bernard has authored the income tax chapter of Cyberlaw, regarded as a leading book on internet law in South Africa, and co-authored the South African Country Chapter in the World Tax Guide 2010.

Bernard is recognised as a leading lawyer by the following reputable rating agencies and their publications:

  • Best Lawyers® 2016, 2013 – Tax law (South Africa)
  • The Legal 500 Guide to Outstanding Lawyers 2015, 2014 – Tax (South Africa)
  • ​Tax Directors Handbook 2014 (South Africa)

Qualifications

  • BCom (Accounting)
  • BCom (Accounting) (Hons) 
  • MCom (Taxation) (University of Pretoria) 
  • Leadership in Professional Service Firms course (Harvard Business School, USA)
  • CA (SA) (University of Pretoria)