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OUR TEAM OF TAX PROFESSIONALS

We are a specialist firm of tax attorneys that offers clients practical solutions and complete peace of mind. Our network of tax industry professionals and consultants enables us to provide expert guidance and legal clarity on the industry’s most complex problems. We have great respect for the traditions of the profession, and apply a fresh approach that defines us as pioneers of new-age tax law.

LEADERSHIP

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Schalk Pieterse

Managing Director

Schalk Pieterse

BCom || LLB || Adv Dip Tax (Cum Laude)

Schalk is the co-founder and co-owner of Pieterse Sellner Erasmus TRM Tax Attorneys. As Managing Director, he guides a team of tax attorneys and professionals, and is especially equipped to deal with tax law disputes that are nuanced with administrative law and constitutional law issues.

He is a practising Tax Attorney, and his speciality is tax controversy and tax court/ high court litigation. Schalk is co-authoring a book on the Tax Administration Act with international tax expert, Dr. Daniel Erasmus. Schalk lectures in tax law at IITF and is also completing his Doctorate in Tax and Constitutional Law at Nelson Mandela University. He loves golf, running, spending time with friends and reading. He adores his wife Landi and daughters Anabelle and Amika.

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Prof. Dr. Daniel N. Erasmus

Partner

Prof. Dr. Daniel N. Erasmus

BA (Law) || BProc || H Dip Tax || PhD (Law) || Adv Dip TP || USTCP

Prof. Dr. Daniel N. Erasmus is renowned and respected as an international expert in tax law. His 35 years of experience includes all aspects of income tax planning, Revenue Service administrative proceedings and tax litigation. He appears as lead Counsel and advocate in the USA and various African countries, representing large multi-national corporations in their tax disputes. As an international tax and transfer pricing adjunct professor, and author of numerous textbooks on tax risk management, his vast experience encompasses complex domestic and international issues with a particular emphasis on procedural defects, domestic tax issues, and international tax; transfer pricing issues for multinational corporations and various international structures; and trusts in various jurisdictions that include the USA, South Africa and other African countries.

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Eddie Sellner

Senior Tax Advisor

Eddie Sellner

BCompt || General Tax Practitioner (SA) ™

Eddie bolsters the strength of our team by applying his 23 years of experience in the tax industry. He rose through the ranks of the Collections Department at SARS, gaining valuable insights that provide practical solutions for our clients at Pieterse Sellner Erasmus TRM Tax Attorneys. Eddie is a registered Tax Practitioner and is particularly skilled in the nuances of tax debt negotiation, which includes payment arrangements, compromise offers, penalty waivers and remittance applications, suspension of payment and the acquisition of tax clearance certificates. He is also well versed in tax disputes, Tax Board and Tax Court matters. Eddie also currently lectures in tax law at IITF.

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Wynand Neveling

Director

Wynand Neveling

LLB

Directly after completing his articles in 2012, Wynand wasted no time in joining Schalk Pieterse as an associate. Having practised in general litigation, commercial, evictions and labour law, Wynand found himself spending most of his time on administrative law. In 2017, when he was appointed as a Director, his focus shifted to finances and management. Wynand subsequently made the move with Schalk to Pieterse Sellner Erasmus TRM Tax Attorneys, where in addition to his management roles, he recently became involved in the marketing and corporate identity of the firm. His area of law finds focus on liquidations and administrative law.

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Jean-Roux van Huyssteen

Director

Jean-Roux van Huyssteen

B.Com (Law) || LLB (Cum Laude) || Notary Public

Jean-Roux completed both his BCom Law degree, majoring in financial accounting, and his LLB (Cum Laude) at Nelson Mandela University. During his studies, he obtained Dean`s List in 2017 and 2018, as well as, graduating top of his class in Law of Taxation, Human Rights Law, and Legal Practice.

His role is to assist taxpayers within the very complicated realm of tax legislation. In addition to constitutional and administrative law, intertwined with tax law, he further focuses on Tax Disputes (litigious and non-litigious); Tax advisory opinions; and SARS debt negotiations, tax compliance statuses, and voluntary disclosures. Jean-Roux prides himself in the evolution of self-improvement, thus, he is currently completing his Masters in Tax Law at Stellenbosch University.

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Kerry Watkin

Attorney

Kerry Watkin

BA || LLB || H Dip Tax ||
H Dip International Tax || Master Tax
Practitioner (SA) ™

Kerry has accumulated extensive experience in the field since completing her articles at one of the country's oldest law firms. By servicing a diverse client base, she has developed a range of skills in a variety of areas relating to taxation. Kerry is a tax risk review team leader and has been involved in complex tax risk review processes over recent years. Her training and experience have seen her devise innovative solutions for multinational corporations and their complex tax review problems.

Kerry has been involved in complex tax risk review processes and tax litigation for more than 15 years. Her specialization is in tax controversy and navigating cases from the audit stage all the way through internal dispute resolution mechanisms to the various High courts, including the Supreme Court of Appeal, where she has been instrumental in obtaining precedent-setting judgements that have helped shape constitutional and administrative law principles within the tax arena. Her training and experience has seen her devise innovative solutions for multinational corporations and their complex tax review problems. In addition to assisting clients with their legal tax matters, Kerry has lectured for a number of tax courses and has presented at numerous industry seminars.

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Mark Korten

Tax Consultant

Mark Korten

B.Comm || LLB || H.Dip Tax

Mark Korten, is a qualified South African attorney with 25 years of commercial and tax law experience, focusing specifically on the jurisdictions of South Africa, Mauritius and certain sub-Saharan African countries, servicing clients predominantly conducting business in Africa.

He has extensive experience in the consideration, negotiation, structuring and drafting of various commercial transactions including mergers, acquisitions, corporate restructuring, service agreements, leases, shareholders agreements, the establishment of various legal vehicles such as companies in numerous jurisdictions, local and offshore trusts, as well as hybrid partnership vehicles.

Mark's specialisation in tax law relates to local and international estate planning, the international tax consequences of and South African exchange control issues relating to cross border transactions and international group structures, as well as tax experience relating to all types of transactions involving tax law in South Africa, including income tax, value added tax, capital gains tax, dividend tax, withholding taxes and the use of international double taxation treaties in tax planning.

MEET THE TEAM

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Elsje Meyer

Senior Associate

Elsje Meyer

LLB

Elsje obtained her LLB Degree in 2011 and commenced her Articles of Clerkship at Annali Erasmus Inc. in Uitenhage where after her Articles was ceded to Daniel Saks Inc. in 2012. She was an Executive Committee Member of the Candidate Attorneys Association of the South-eastern Cape. After completing her Articles at Daniel Saks Inc. Elsje remained with the firm as a Professional Assistant and was later promoted to Associate in 2015. In June 2018 Elsje joined Strombeck Pieterse Attorneys as an Associate in the Litigation Department where she worked as a Litigating Attorney until she joined the Tax Department of Pieterse Sellner Erasmus TRM Tax Attorneys in June 2019. Elsje specialises in High Court Litigation and Tax Law.

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Deone Ferreira

Attorney

Deone Ferreira

LLB

Deone completed her articles under Schalk Pieterse and was thereafter appointed as a tax attorney within the firm. She specialises in tax dispute resolution and tax litigation. Her vast experience in tax dispute resolution has enabled her to expedite the process, and swiftly detect and address any form of non-compliance.

Her main interest lies in cross border taxation, with a specific focus in transfer pricing. She regularly assists Dr Erasmus with international tax disputes in various African countries involving multinational enterprises. She continues to work closely with him to broaden her knowledge in this field. She is currently completing a postgraduate diploma in transfer pricing through IITF, awarded by Middlesex University, London.

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Leanne Wium

Candidate Attorney

Leanne Wium

LLB

Immediately after matriculation, Leanne, started working in a law firm and her passion for law was ignited. Starting as a legal secretary, she worked in numerous fields of law and over the next few years, furthered her studies, registered as a candidate attorney, and obtained her LLB. Her main interest lies in the Tax Administration Act; and under the stewardship of Schalk and Eddie, has found herself with a vast knowledge of the processes and procedures of tax law. Leanne believes strongly in constant self- improvement, and plans to do so by furthering her studies.

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Chris Stroud

Candidate Attorney

Chris Stroud

BA || LLB (Cum Laude)

Christopher graduated cum laude from Rhodes University in 2019. He started his career as a legal practitioner with TRM in early 2020 and has since found his niche area of expertise in guiding our clients safely through the complex laws governing financial instruments and corporate restructuring. In doing so, Christopher has steadfastly protected our clients from the penetrating powers given to SARS by the General Anti Avoidance Rules (the GAAR). In furthering this capacity, he has (writing alongside the renowned pens of Dr. Daniel Erasmus and Schalk Pieterse) co-authored a treatise on the South African GAAR which has been published by Thompson Reuters. He is currently involved in drafting a similar publication on the Principal Purpose Test which is applied in Double Tax Agreements between nation states. Since starting his articles, Christopher has also been deeply involved in various tax litigation matters in the High Court of South Africa and has zealously fought for our clients.

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Stuart Bentley

Candidate Attorney

Stuart Bentley

BA (law) || LLB

Stuart is a Candidate Attorney based out of the Cape Town office. In his undergraduate studies at Rhodes University he majored in Political Philosophy and Legal Theory. In 2020 graduated with his Bachelor of Laws obtaining Deans List merit in 2018. While at university he pursued many extra curricula activities including the John. H. Jackson international trade law moot competition held in Nairobi, Kenya. In 202 he co-coached the Rhodes team and made it to the world finals round held in Geneva Switzerland. He fields of interest are customs and excise, administrative law and general tax disputes.

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Lenate Joubert

Candidate Attorney

Lenate Joubert

BCom (Law) || LLB || BCom (Hons) Taxation

Lenate is a Candidate Attorney at the firm`s Cape Town office. She obtained her BCom Law, LLB and BCom Honours in Taxation degrees during 2017-2021 from the University of Pretoria. She particularly favours Estate Planning which involves Estate Duty, Donations Tax, Capital Gains Tax and Trusts. She further has a keen interest in dispute resolution as governed by the Tax Administration Act.

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Madeleine Du Preez

Practice Manager

Madeleine Du Preez

Madeleine started her career in law straight after school and gained extensive experience in the legal environment while working closely with management in a variety of departments and holding key responsibilities. These included dealing with company finances, legal matters, and her own portfolio of clients including Nedbank and GBS Mutual Bank.

In 2019, Madeleine joined the now Pieterse Sellner Erasmus TRM Tax Attorneys team as a legal secretary. She has been the Personal Assistant to Schalk Pieterse for almost two years and will shortly be taking on the role of Office Manager as well. With her attention to detail and 23 years of experience, she has added substantial value to the TRM team.

TRM Law

The firm is a merging of two leading minds in tax law; South African attorney, Schalk Pieterse, and Dr Daniel Erasmus, who brings a wealth of international experience and an outstanding industry reputation. Whether serving individuals, SMEs, or global corporations, we solve our clients’ problems with assertiveness and strategic wisdom that is based on proven results.

Pieterse Sellner Erasmus TRM Tax Attorneys have their head office in Cape Town with branch offices in Gqeberha (PE), Johannesburg and Rustenburg; as well as international satellite offices in Mauritius and the United States of America.