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Conor McFadden, Partner

Conor McFadden

Partner Fasken
Jurisdiction South Africa, 2000
Language(s) English
Office(s) Johannesburg


Conor McFadden advises both domestic and international clients on direct and indirect taxation matters relating to corporate and business law, including the tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions, securities, corporate restructurings, cross border transactions, transfer pricing, thin capitalisation, employee share option schemes and State royalties on mineral resource transfers.

He is regularly involved in making representations to the National Treasury on draft revenue legislation and applying for Advance Tax Rulings on behalf of clients from the Advance Tax Ruling Unit.

Conor also has extensive experience in tax litigation and alternative dispute resolution and deals with the South African Revenue Service on a regular basis. He represents clients with regard to the South African Exchange Control Regulations and assists clients in obtaining exchange control approval from the Financial Surveillance Department on both inward and outward investments.

Conor has also been involved in setting up a number of public benefit organisations (charities) and obtaining tax exempt status for such organizations from the Tax Exemption Unit.

Conor currently serves as Chairperson of the Tax Board in South Africa, Gauteng division, a five year appointment.


  • Recognized as a Thomson Reuters Stand-out Lawyer (formerly known as Acritas Star™ lawyer), Thomson Reuters stand-out lawyers 2023
  • Recognised for his expertise in the field of Tax, The Legal 500 Europe Middle East and Africa 2016 to 2017

Client Work

  • Innovators Resources Proprietary partnered with Wescoal Mining Proprietary,
  • Fairfax Africa completes US$150 million public offering,
  • Advising Main Street 333, a majority shareholder in Exxaro Resources,
  • Platinum Group Metals completes US$80 million financing,
  • Bakwena ba Mogopa traditional community acquires of 26% of Xstrata Rhovan,
  • Bakwena Ba Mogopa community concludes a black economic-empowerment (BEE) transaction with Xstrata Alloys (now known as Glencore),
  • Royal Bafokeng Platinum raises R2.98 billion IPO,
  • Royal Bafokeng Resources acquires majority of the Bafokeng Rasimone Platinum Mine Joint Venture,
  • Wesizwe Platinum acquires Africa Wide Mineral for C$103 million,

Career & Education


  • LLM, with distinction University of Witwatersrand
  • Diploma, H Dip Company Law (with distinction) University of Witwatersrand
  • LLB University of Witwatersrand
  • BA University of Witwatersrand

Community involvement

  • Trustee, St David’s Marist Foundation

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member Legal Practice Council of South Africa
  • Member South African Fiscal Association


Fasken Institute



Speaking Engagements

Speaker "Achieving a thriving exploration and junior mining sector – focusing on flow through shares" Junior Mining Conference


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