Ernest Marais

Ernest Marais


Ernest is a director at Andersen in South Africa. His practice primarily focuses on Tax and Corporate Commercial Law, both domestically and cross-border. He has significant experience advising clients on cross-border tax structuring, regulatory issues and wealth planning across a wide range of industries. His clients include listed companies, international sportsmen, trusts, pension funds, private equity funds and financial institutions.


  • B.Com, University of Stellenbosch (2009)
  • LLB, University of Stellenbosch (2011)
  • H.Dip Tax (cum laude), International Institute of Tax and Finance (2015)


International Tax

  • Advising multi-national company on the structuring of their international trading operations
  • Advising international sportsmen on the tax structuring of their image rights and income earned abroad
  • Assisted with tax advice on the structuring of the IP licensing of the technology underlying an international payment platform
  • Advising South African company on the export, tax structure and market entry into the Far-East

Mergers and Acquisitions (Tax):

  • Advising multi-national corporation on the tax implications acquisition of a South African mine
  • Advising local South African companies on the tax implications and structuring of a merger

Private Wealth:

  • Advising high-net worth individuals on their structure of their local and international estate
  • Assist South African expatriates with tax advice on financial emigration

Tax Regulation:

  • Design and develop internal procedures for a multi-national company to assist with the classification of clients for the implementation of the Common Reporting Standards
  • Assist numerous clients with the classification of their entities or structures for FATCA and Common Reporting Standards
  • Provide tax and regulatory advice on the structure of a peer to peer lending platform

Corporate & Commercial:

  • Drafting and structuring of sale of business agreements
  • Structuring of funds
  • Structuring of En Commandite Partnerships and Shareholders Agreements

Events & Publications

  • Published writer in the African Tax Journal
  • International Tax Planning Association: Jurisdiction Editor
  • Malcolm v Premier of the Western Cape Government N.O. (2017/2013) 2014 ZASCA

US Tax Considerations for Non-Residents US Tax Considerations for Non-Residents
Webinar: US Tax Considerations for Non-Residents Webinar: US Tax Considerations for Non-Residents
Cryptocurrency cross-border arbitrage may breach exchange control regulations Cryptocurrency cross-border arbitrage may breach exchange control regulations

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