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Brian Kahn
Attorney

"To win without risk is to triumph without glory"

Brian Kahn is the principal of Brian Kahn Inc., which he founded in 1969. Brian has straddled two important disciplines in the legal field, one being corporate / commercial law (mergers, acquisitions, corporate strategies, etc.) and the other being dispute resolution in the corporate/civil field (arbitrations and litigation). Brian has arbitrated and litigated locally and internationally and been involved in medium and small commercial transactions. He acts for listed entities, large private companies, family conglomerates, entrepreneurs and individuals. He has represented political organisations, African Royalty and sitting and former African Heads of State.

He has established firm collegial and professional relationships as well as strategic alliances with colleagues throughout the world many of whom refer matters to him on behalf of their offshore clients where he has acted either alone or as co-counsel. He has also acted as Arbitrator in large and complex commercial disputes.

Brian has also been recognised by his peers as having the kind of skills, integrity and experience that can assist them personally in hostilities involving their personal and professional lives.

He has over many years travelled overseas on behalf of clients and colleagues to: Abu Dhabi; Argentina; Austria; Australia; Botswana; Canada; Dubai; England; Finland; France; Germany; Holland; Hong Kong; Iceland, Iran, Ireland; Israel, Iraq; Jordan; Kenya; Kazakhstan; Lesotho; Namibia; Poland; Qatar, Russia; Rwanda, Scotland; Singapore; Swaziland, the USA and Zambia.


Michelle Steffenini
Attorney

"Keep moving forward"

Michelle was articled to this firm and has over 16 years’ experience in commercial work. Michelle is a senior associate in the Commercial Department and heads the Employment Department. Her areas of experience include commercial due diligence, all aspects of employment related matters, related litigation and referrals to tribunals and councils, all aspects of commercial acquisitions and disposals, corporate governance, property transactions, restraint of trade agreements and related litigation and confidentiality agreements as well as Estate Planning (Wills and Trusts).

Qualifications
BA (University of the Witwatersrand)
LLB (University of Witwatersrand)
Admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa


Chantal Maharaj
Attorney

“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work” - Aristotle

Chantal began her career in 2008 as a candidate attorney at the firm and is currently a senior associate in the Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Chantal specialises in commercial litigation, which includes motion, trial court proceedings and arbitrations. Chantal’s general practice experience extends to labour disputes, family law, liquidations, interdicts and general contractual disputes.

Chantal’s commercial experience extends to due diligence investigations.

Chantal is a member of the Law Society of the Northern Provinces.

Qualifications
LLB (Hons) (University of Witwatersrand)
Certificate in advanced Company law II (University of Witwatersrand)
Year of admission as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa in 2011.


Chantal Lalli da Costa
Consultant

“The challenge may not be easy but it’s possible.”

Chantal was articled to this firm and is now practicing as a Consultant in the firm’s Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department. Her experience comprises of general civil litigation with particular emphasis on High Court Litigation. She has also obtained experience in all aspects of the High Court and Magistrate’s Court Litigation, including appearances in the Magistrate’s Court. Chantal has been involved in many settlement negotiations and alternate dispute resolution methods, particularly mediation and arbitration.

Qualifications
BA (University of Witwatersrand)
LLB (University of Witwatersrand)
Admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa


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410 Jan Smuts Avenue
Craighall Park
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