Deloitte South Africa
27 Somerset Road
Luke Barlow, Deloitte South Africa, is a corporate tax partner and the leader of the tax practice in Cape Town. He has 30 years of experience consulting in the field of taxation. Luke has extensive experience advising multinational and national enterprises with particular emphasis on the financial services and energy and resources sectors.
In addition to his involvement with tax dispute resolution matters he has been involved in a number of acquisitions and restructures where he has advised on the efficient structuring of the transactions. Luke also has extensive practical experience in advising on the taxation aspects of private equity investments and management buyouts (MBOs) and leveraged buyouts (LBOs). He has been involved in due diligence reviews of, among others, large companies in the hospitality, retail, energy and resources and life insurance industries.
Luke has advised on, inter alia, a number of structured finance transactions, hybrid capital structures and securitised debt issues.
Luke studied at the University of Cape Town where he graduated with degrees in taxation, accounting and law. He is a South Africa chartered accountant and is an advocate of the High Court.
Bernard du Plessis
150 West Street
Bernard du Plessis is an executive at ENSafrica and joint head of the firm's tax department.
He is a chartered accountant with 20 years of experience in international tax and tax controversy. Prior to joining ENSafrica, Bernard was a senior partner and head of international tax in Johannesburg for an international accounting firm. He also serves as a non-executive director on a number of international and local boards of companies.
Bernard combines his commercial and leadership experience with legal, financial advisory and tax controversy expertise to assist multinational enterprises in devising sustainable tax strategies.
Bernard specialises in advising multinational enterprises on planning international transactions and investments, corporate structures, investment funds and the digital economy. He is also a leading specialist in tax controversy and leads defence teams on complex international tax and transfer pricing disputes. In addition, Bernard advises on transactions, corporate structuring and tax dispute matters in Africa. His extensive experience in planning and defending international transactions and corporate structures places him in an ideal position to provide advice on establishing a sustainable and resilient corporate tax strategy.
Further, it is important to note that South Africa is a member of BRICS and a leading member of the African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF). As such, the country plays a central role in driving an increasingly aggressive approach to the taxation of multinationals, especially in Africa. Understanding the changing global dynamics and tax policies, the perspective of developing countries and the local realities of jurisdictions in which multinationals do business is key to managing global tax risk. Tax has been catapulted to centre stage in the global commercial world, and is a key consideration in managing corporate, reputational and commercial risk. It is essential for boards of directors and key executive decision makers to understand the dynamic change in the fiscal world and to incorporate the lessons learnt from the defence of structures into the planning of resilient future transactions and business models. Due to his thorough understanding of these critical issues and his significant experience, Bernard is able to assist clients with all of their international tax and tax controversy needs.
Deloitte South Africa
Deloitte Place, Building 5
Louise Vosloo, Deloitte South Africa, is a lead director of international tax based in the Woodlands office. She has more than 21 years of experience at Deloitte in taxation. She specialises in assisting a variety of listed companies and their subsidiaries, as well as multinational enterprises with a wide variety of tax matters. She has experience in financing schemes, mergers and acquisitions, restructuring and structuring of inbound and outbound investments and dispute resolutions.
She is the lead tax director for major listed groups, many of them being JSE Top 100 companies.
Prior to joining Deloitte South Africa in the tax department, Louise gained valuable tax experience during the course of her employment as a tax advocate appearing for the Commissioner for the South African Revenue Service (SARS) against senior counsel. She continues to assist clients with disputes involving SARS.
Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr
Paul de Chalain
Johan van der Walt