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Phillip Lourens

Senior Associate

Phillip Lourens
English, Afrikaans
Practice Group

Phillip Lourens focuses on providing tax advice to corporates and high-net worth individuals and the structuring of both inbound and outbound investments. 

He is also experienced in the resolution of disputes with the South African Revenue Service (SARS).


Representative experience

Advised various multinationals on the interpretation of Double Taxation Treaties between SA and foreign jurisdictions, specifically whether the foreign companies have permanent establishments in SA.

Assisted in developing tax efficient structures for outbound investments, including advice on South Africa's controlled foreign company (CFC) legislation.

Assisted in developing tax efficient structures for inbound investments into SA and Southern Africa, including the use of Mauritian GBC1 companies and SA headquarter companies.

Experienced in tax dispute resolution, including preparing requests for reasons, drafting objections and litigating in the tax court.

Advised high net-worth individuals regarding foreign employment, foreign shareholding and potential emigration.

Advised a South African trade financier in its dispute against SARS regarding claims for a doubtful debt allowance.

Advised local and multinational groups regarding the restructuring of SA operations in the most tax efficient manner, while remaining compliant with B-BBEE legislation.

Assisting in the drafting of various commercial agreements to ensure tax efficiency.

Education and admissions


  • BAcc LLB Accounting and Law, University of Stellenbosch
  • PG Dip International Tax, University of Johannesburg

Court admissions

  • South Africa


Contributed to the South African chapter of the 2nd Edition of The Franchise Law Review

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