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Honorary Fellowship Award Profiles: Michael Katz

04 June 2013   (0 Comments)
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Michael Katz is one of the most published authors on legal and fiscal topics in South Africa. Given Michael’s contribution to South African society and taxation, SAIT was privileged to extend an honorary fellowship award to him at our tax gala dinner held on the 14th of May.

During his more than 47 years’ in legal practice, Michael has published nu­merous articles, chapters and papers on legal and fiscal topics, including co-authoring the Butterworths Company Law Precedents (4 Volumes).

In addition to his diverse professional con­tributions to the South African economy, society, legal practice and service as an academic, he also serves as a trustee of numerous trusts, including the Nelson Man­dela Children's Fund, Legal Resources Trust, Constitutional Court Trust, the Donald Gordon Foundation and the South African Holocaust and Genocide Foundation.

Michael currently holds a number of dis­tinguished honorary academic positions, including professorial positions with the Free State University, University of Pretoria and the University of the Witwatersrand. As a member of Board of Governors of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem he is also acting as an ambassador for South Africa within the international academic community.

During the post democratic era Michael has served as the chairman of the Commission of Inquiry into Certain Aspects of the Tax Struc­ture of South Africa, through which he signifi­cantly contributed to reforming South Africa’s tax policy for a democratic government and hence eliminating the discriminatory laws developed and incorporated into the tax jurisprudence during the apartheid years. Subsequent to this, Michael was appointed as chairman of the Tax Advisory Committee to the Minister of Finance. 

In addition to his leadership and service to South Africa and the tax profession, Michael holds the following noteworthy appointments and professional affiliations:

  • Chairperson of the Specialist Committee On Company Law (established in terms of section 191 of the Companies Act, 2008)
  • Member of the King Committee on Cor­porate Governance
  • Chaired the Commission of Enquiry for Johannesburg Stock Exchange to review the structure and operations of the Stock Exchange
  • Board of Directors, South Africa 2010 FIFA World Cup LOC
  • Trustee, 2010 FIFA World Cup Legacy Trust
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors, National Housing Finance Corp Ltd
  • Member of the FSB Legislative Committee

Michael received and holds the following distinguished awards:

  • Chambers and Partners Global Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers 2012 – "Star individual" for Corporate; Mergers and Acquisitions (South Africa); Tax (South Africa)
  • Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2012's guide to outstanding lawyers; Elite Leading Lawyer - Mergers and Acquisitions (South Africa)
  • IFLR 1000 2012 – Mergers and Acquisi­tions (South Africa)
  • Who’s Who Legal 2013 - Corporate Governance; Corporate Tax and Mergers & Acquisitions (South Africa)
  • Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers 2012 – Mergers and Acquisitions
  • PLC Which Lawyer? 2012 – Corporate; Mergers and Acquisitions (South Africa); Tax (South Africa); Corporate Gover­nance (South Africa)
  • InterContinental Finance Magazine 2012 - leading lawyer for Corporate Commer­cial (South Africa)
  • Best Lawyers South Africa 2011 – Bank­ing; Corporate; Finance; Mergers and Acquisitions; Private Equity; Regulatory; Tax
  • Legal Experts Europe, Middle East & Af­rica 2012 – Corporate and Mergers and Acquisitions (South Africa); Tax (South Africa)
  • ACQ magazine's Law Awards 2011 - Lawyer of the Year (South Africa)
  • Tax Who’s Who 2012 – Distinguished Tax Professional (South Africa)


Section 240A of the Tax Administration Act, 2011 (as amended) requires that all tax practitioners register with a recognized controlling body before 1 July 2013. It is a criminal offense to not register with both a recognized controlling body and SARS.


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