When Gavin Noeth isn’t tackling large-scale banking and finance structuring or advising on complex public private partnership agreements, then he is tasked with the gargantuan task of helping his wife raise two very busy 4-year old twin boys. “I think the latter is the more difficult one, “he laughs. “But it’s also the more rewarding ‘project’.”
Gavin is one of two ‘heavy-weight’ consultants – the other being Tim de Wet – to join the progressive commercial law team at Adams & Adams Attorneys this quarter – their aim: to mentor and assist the young, dynamic and ambitious groups under Commercial, Property and Litigation Chair, Grégor Wolter. The expanding commercial practice has an enviable track record and client base, with many luminaries and experts in the fields of administrative, public procurement, property, constitutional, competition law and litigation.
Noeth joins Adams & Adams after more than 20 years of commercial experience with both Norton Rose Fulbright and Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr. He has built a speciality practice around mainly the financing of infrastructure projects, public private partnerships and South African export credit work; and has a strong background in a broad spectrum of industries such as energy, mining, commodities and toll roads.
Gavin hails from Pretoria and attended Clapham High School in the city before deciding to study law. He articled in 1990 at Bowman Gilfillan, did short stint at Arthur Andersen and returned to practice with Norton Rose Fulbright in Johannesburg “I am excited now to consult for a firm with such a great spectrum of expertise in commercial, property law and litigation,” he adds. “I see great scope for using my insight into banking and finance law to help grow the group at Adams & Adams.”
Added to Gavin’s general banking and finance law expertise, he has also been involved in advising private and public sector project sponsors and lenders (including development finance institutions) on financing of a range of projects. He has significant PPP and export credit (ECIC) experience, and dealings with the IDC and Development Bank of SA.
In welcoming Noeth to the firm, Grégor Wolter, partner, said “We have dealt on numerous occasions with Gavin and Tim over the decades and have developed a deep and sincere respect for the manner in which they have built their practices. So to have them on board to mentor our young Partners and assist us in providing direction for this burgeoning commercial department is a fantastic opportunity for us.”