Phillip Lourens

Phillip Lourens

Senior Associate, Johannesburg

Email phillip.lourens@​

Phone +27 11 523 6192

Fax +27 86 680 8350

LanguagesEnglish, Afrikaans

Practice groupCorporate

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).

Awards and recognitions

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

Education and admissions


BAcc LLB Accounting and Law, University of Stellenbosch

University of Johannesburg, PG Dip International Tax

Court admissions

South Africa

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.

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