Haroon Laher

Haroon Laher


Email haroon.laher@​hoganlovells.com

Phone +27 11 286 6908

Fax +27 11 286 6901

LanguagesEnglish, Afrikaans

Practice groupFinance

Drawing on his considerable experience in financial restructuring and insolvency, Haroon Laher regularly advises major banks and financial institutions, as well as creditors, liquidators and business rescue practitioners, in turnaround and insolvency issues.

His experience covers a broad range of industry sectors, which include energy, mining and commodities, retail, telecommunications and agriculture. Haroon represents business rescue practitioners, and secured and unsecured creditors in formal business rescue proceedings in South Africa.

Having lectured on insolvency and business rescue at universities, he also regularly publishes articles on these topics. He currently lectures on insolvency and business rescue to Bachelor of Law students at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Haroon served as director of Fountainhead Property Trust (a listed REIT) and oversaw Redefine's acquisition of Fountainhead's property portfolio.

Awards and recognitions

2017, 2019

Restructuring/Insolvency (South Africa), Recognised Practitioner
Chambers Global


The Best Lawyers of South Africa for Litigation


Recommended as Leader in Business Rescue
Legal 500

Education and admissions


LL.B., University of the Witwatersrand, 1986

BProc, University of the Witwatersrand, 1984


Board member of South Africa Restructuring and Insolvency Practitioners Association (SARIPA)

Member of INSOL International

Court admissions

South Africa

Representative experience

Advised Louis Dreyfus Company Africa in the takeover of a financially distressed business in the business rescue proceedings of the target entity.

Advised the Land and Agricultural Development Bank of South Africa on various aspects relating to its debt exposure against the Profert group.

Advised the business rescue practitioners appointed to Continental Coal, Penumbra and Mashala Resources in the implementation of a directive from creditors.

Advised Cell C (Pty) Ltd on all aspects of its successful debt and equity restructure.

Advised the business rescue practitioner on the successful interpretation of a debt and equity restructure of On Digital Media trading as Top TV (now StarSat).

Advising liquidators of SaXum Insurance on insolvency related issues.

Latest thinking and events

Sponsorships and Speaking Engagements

Distressed Investing Forum

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