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Charles You


Charles You
English, Mandarin
Practice Group

Focusing on commercial, corporate and mining law, Charles You is a key contact person for the firm’s Asia-Africa Practice and responsible for liaising and assisting with the firm’s Chinese clients. 

In the general commercial field, Charles has assisted some major Chinese corporations with corporate governance and general commercial issues such as contracts, the old and new Companies Act, liquidations, and copyright related legal advice. His clients include Bank of China, Baosteel Resources, China Foma Group, Startimes Media Group, Heibei Iron and Steel Group, and CRRC Corporations.

Representative experience

Provide commercial legal advice to Heibei Iron and Steel in its proposed steel mill investment in South Africa. 

Provide China Foma with legal advice in relation to its proposed joint venture with South African Forestry Company.

Provide corporate governance advice to China North Rail (now CRRS) on its successful bidding for a Transnet tender for 232 diesel locomotives.

Assist China Mining International (Singapore-listed) in its acquisition of an iron ore mine in South Africa.

Provide black economic empowerment advice to China Harbour Engineering relating to their projects in South Africa.

Provide legal advice on various aspects of mining law to Baosteel Resources and Guangxi Dameng for their SA operations including mining rights, MPRDA and contracts.

Education and admissions


  • LL.B., University of the Witwatersrand


  • Admitted as notary
  • South African Translators' Institute

Court admissions

  • South Africa

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