Our Team

Attorneys

 

Christiaan Cronjé 

 

Christiaan is a Namibian Attorney and a Notary Public.  He holds degrees in both Accounting and Law from the University of Stellenbosch and a postgraduate diploma in Drafting and Interpretation of Contracts from the University of Johannesburg. This broad background has proven invaluable to clients in various commercial transactions.

Christiaan provides a service that goes further than the mere drafting the contracts.  He assists clients in understanding the transaction, provides advice on all aspects of transactions, including structure, risk, tax and financing relating thereto. He represents a number of clients in the financial services sector including commercial banks, insurance companies and local and foreign investment funds.  He has assisted a number of clients in the establishment of capital raising structures.

Christiaan is well versed in the law regulating corporate structures and has been involved in the implementation of a number of intricate structures.  He has assisted various Namibian corporates in the implementation and review of their governance structures.

Christiaan is well known for his ability to find innovative and practical solutions to problems faced by clients. His commitment to consistent hard work allows him to gain an in-depth knowledge of our clients’ business and their specific needs. This, combined with his knowledge of the law, allows him to add real value to client’s endeavours.


Christiaan can be contacted at cronje@cronjelaw.com 

 



 Helene Cronjé 

 

Helene is a Namibian Attorney, Notary and Conveyancer.  She holds degrees BComm (Law) and LLB from the University of Stellenbosch. 

Helene is a member of the Law Society of Namibia and the International Trade Mark Association (INTA).

Helene is further a registered agent for the filing and prosecution of trademarks and patents with the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO).

Helene is the responsible partner for the conveyancing department at the firm and is involved in a number of residential and commercial property developments, property transfers and bond registrations.  Helene is a dedicated conveyancer and is respected for her professionalism and her efficiency.  Helene is well known for the personal attention that she gives to her conveyancing matters.

Helene further manages the intellectual property law department to excellence.  She is well regarded for her effectiveness and precision, and acts as the Namibian correspondent for a number of international clients from the United States of America, United Kingdom, India, China, Mauritius, South Africa and most English-speaking African nations, regarding intellectual property matters.  Helene currently assists various Namibian banks in the management of their intellectual property portfolios.

Helene’s experience includes trade mark searches, filing and prosecution of trade mark applications, trade mark litigation, trade mark maintenance, assignments, renewals, and general management of trade mark portfolios within Namibia and Africa.

Helene has built relationships and networks, over the years, throughout Africa and the world, which qualifies her to serve our global client base throughout the continent.

Helene is highly regarded for her effective client service.

Helene can be contacted at helene@cronjelaw.com.

 

Heinrich Jansen van Vuuren

 
Heinrich Jansen van Vuuren is both a Namibian Attorney and a Chartered Accountant.  He is a member of the Institute for Chartered Accountants and holds a BAcc LLB degree from the University of Stellenbosch, a BCompt Hons as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Taxation from UNISA.

He comes from a commercial background, having completed his training contract with Grant Thornton Neuhaus before being admitted as a Chartered Accountant in Namibia.  Thereafter he has gained experience in the corporate business environment during his employment as a financial manager with a short-term insurance company where he gained in depth knowledge of financial planning, -forecasting and -reporting, personnel management, compliance, taxation and various other aspects of the business environment.

Heinrich enjoys assisting clients and consulting on the effective structuring and negotiation of complex commercial transactions where he adds value with his working knowledge of business, finance and taxation.

Heinrich has a growing reputation as an exceptional commercial attorney.


Heinrich can be contacted at heinrich@cronjelaw.com


 


Sune De Klerk

 


Sune is an admitted Namibian Attorney.  She holds B Juris and LLB degrees from the University of Namibia and has been employed at the firm since 2011. 

During her studies she was the recipient of the UNAM Vice Chancellor’s Merit Award for the Law Faculty and in 2013 she was also awarded as the best LLB student for 2013. 


 In 2014, during her attachment, Suné received an award as the Best Justice Training Centre (JTC) Student.

Suné is responsible for the collection and litigation matters of the firm.  She has a growing reputation for being efficient in the collection of outstanding debts and specifically represents a number of Namibia’s largest financial institutions in this regard.  

Suné heads up the litigation department at our firm.  She is currently engaged in a number of high-profile litigious matters.  She also has a keen interest in insolvency law and recently filed a number of applications for the sequestration of various debtors where the normal collection procedure has become unpractical. 

Suné is well regarded for her exceptional client service.

 Suné also has a keen interest in insolvency law and she has recently filed a number of applications for the sequestration of various persons and entities where the normal collection procedure has become unpractical.  Suné is further regularly appointed as a curator ad litem by the High Court of Namibia.


Sune can be contacted at 
sune@cronjelaw.com.

 





 

Heike Hecht

 

Heike Hecht is qualified as a Namibian attorney, a sworn translator and holds a BA Hons. degree and Higher Education diploma from the University of Pretoria and BA Hons. and LLB degrees from the University of South Africa.


Heike attends to the administration of estates, estate planning and drafting of wills.  As part of estate planning at Cronjé & Co., we aim to formulate and implement the best structure to ensure that a client’s personal and business interest are best protected.


Heike further attends to the administration of various insolvent estates.


Heike can be contacted by e-mail at heike@cronjelaw.com



  
 


 
Carmen Strauss

Carmen is an admitted Namibian Attorney.  Carmen holds an LLB degree from the University of the Free State.

Carmen is principally involved in our commercial department and assists clients in the management of their Namibian structures.    This involves all aspects from advice on Namibian law and the drafting of commercial agreements.  Carmen is well regarded for the attention to detail that she applies in the drafting or review of commercial agreements.

Carmen has assisted a number of clients in the establishment of intricate company structures in order to optimise tax and operational efficiencies.  

Carmen further manages our fiduciary department and attends to the establishment of new Namibian trusts as well the administration of existing client structures.


Carmen further regularly acts as external company secretary to a number of clients, where she provides a company secretarial function at board and shareholder meetings and duly prepares the relevant board packs.

 

Carmen can be contacted by email at carmen@cronjelaw.com.


  

CANDIDATE ATTORNEYS



Richard Steinbach

Richard Steinbach holds a BCom degree from the University of South Africa and a postgraduate LLB degree from the University of Stellenbosch. He is a member of the Western Cape Provincial Office of the Legal Practice Council of the Republic of South Africa. He comes from a commercial background, completing his attachment at Keller Snyman Schelhase Attorneys. Richard was an associate at Norton Rose Fulbright Attorneys and a consultant at Norman, Wink and Stephens.  Richard sat for the Namibian Attorney’s admission examination in November/December 2020.

Richard specialize in commercial litigation, High Court litigation for disputes relating to commercial agreements, lease agreements, credit application forms, sale agreements, tax and other general litigation matters. He has a thorough knowledge of mediation, arbitration and litigation procedures.

Richard has experience with drafting various commercial contracts including lease agreements, distribution agreements, loan and guarantee agreements, association agreements, non-disclosure agreements, independent contractor agreements and sale of shares/members’ interest agreements. He assists clients with negotiating terms for commercial contracts as set out above or otherwise. Richard Steinbach holds a BCom degree from the University of South Africa and a postgraduate LLB degree from the University of Stellenbosch. He is a member of the Western Cape Provincial Office of the Legal Practice Council of the Republic of South Africa. He comes from a commercial background, completing his attachment at Keller Snyman Schelhase Attorneys. Richard was an associate at Norton Rose Fulbright Attorneys and a consultant at Norman, Wink and Stephens.  Richard sat for the Namibian Attorney’s admission examination in November/December 2020.

Richard can be contacted by email at richard@cronjelaw.com 



Katherine Amakali

 

Katherine holds an LLM in International Trade Law from the University of Stellenbosch and an LLB from the University of Namibia.  Her LLM thesis was on The Effect of the Promotion of Investment Act of 2016 on the Investment Environment in Namibia: a legal perspective.

 

Katherine performs legal and regulatory compliance functions within the Commercial Department of the firm.  In this regard, Katherine assists clients in obtaining the required licenses, permits and approvals to lawfully continue with their operations in Namibia. In addition, she assists clients to fulfill regulatory reporting requirements which various Namibian regulators in the financial services sector.

 

Katherine can be contacted by email at katherine@cronjelaw.com



 
















Jacques Oosthuizen


Jacques holds an LLB Degree from the North West University in Potchefstroom

and completed his attachment at the Firm in 2019.

Practice Areas

Jacques currently assists in the Liquidations department in the administration of insolvent estates.

In addition, Jacques assists the Commercial Department with the drafting and perusing of commercial contracts. He also ensures the execution of secretarial work and drafting agendas, minutes and general administration of companies.




Jennith Elzahn Greeff


Jennith Elzahn (Jenaé) Greeff holds both BA (Law) and LLB degrees from the North West University in Potchefstroom. 

She is currently enrolled at the Justice Training Centre for the year 2020 and is employed at the firm as a Candidate Legal Practitioner.

Jenae currently assists with trade mark searches, filing and prosecution of trade mark applications, trade mark maintenance, assignments, renewals, and general management of trade mark portfolios within Namibia. Furthermore, Jenaé assists with the management of correspondence and administration of the internal database of trademarks at the firm.

She is also responsible for the drafting of wills, ante nuptial contracts, under the mentorship and guidance of Helene Cronje.

Jenaé further assists the Commercial Department with the execution of secretarial work and general administration of companies.



Wouter Louis De Vos


Wouter Louis De Vos holds both BA (Law) and LLB degrees from the North West University in Potchefstroom. He is currently enrolled at the Justice Training Centre for the year 2020 and is employed at the firm as a Candidate Legal Practitioner.

Wouter provides assistance in the litigation and collection department at the firm. His responsibilities includes drafting legal documentation and providing support with commercial matters under the mentorship and guidance of Christiaan Cronje.






Michelle van Schoor


Michelle van Schoor holds an LLB Degree from the North West University in Potchefstroom and is currently enrolled as a Candidate Legal Practitioner for the year 2020.


Michelle currently provides assistance in the commercial department, including drafting of legal documentation and research under the mentorship and guidance of Christiaan Cronjé and Heinrich Jansen van Vuuren.