Steven Powell

South Africa

1 North Wharf Square
Loop Street, Foreshore
Cape Town 8001

Tel: +27 82 820 1036
Fax: +27 21 410 2555


Steven Powell is the co-head of forensics at ENSafrica. He is an advocate, specialist white-collar crime prosecutor and forensics lawyer. He specialises in leading forensic investigations, resulting in successful disciplinary and criminal proceedings against offenders as well as the recovery of losses from perpetrators.

He has acted for the Asset Forfeiture Unit on recovering the proceeds of crime flowing from corporate fraud, as well as drug and abalone smuggling. He has also previously acted as a specialist prosecutor for the Department of Justice.

Steven’s experience extends to anti-fraud and corruption matters, assisting international clients with anti-fraud and anti-bribery due diligence and compliance programs and assisting clients to comply with the anti-corruption requirements of the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the UK Bribery Act, as well as the SA, Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act. He has extensive experience in conducting enhanced anti-bribery due diligence in respect of mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and agent/intermediary appointments. His experience also includes performing forensic work across a multitude of industries in both the private and public sectors. Additionally, he assists clients with preventing fraud through the development and implementation of policies and strategies and specialized in-house training and education programmes.

Steven’s experience further encompasses a high percentage of confessions during suspect interviews with the application of deception detection techniques. He has a track record of securing successful disciplinary and criminal proceedings against offenders further complimented by noteworthy criminal and civil loss recovery achievements. In addition, he has conducted a multitude of fidelity claims on behalf of clients against insurers and has executed a multitude of restraint and forfeiture orders on behalf of the Asset Forfeiture Unit.

He has presented on the topic of white-collar crime and corruption and is a regular speaker on fraud issues throughout Africa. He lectures on corruption at the University of the Western Cape’s Forensics certificate course and is a regular speaker at the University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch

NSafrica’s key differentiator in the market is that it operates as one firm across Africa. The firm does not collaborate by means of a network, an alliance nor as a “Swiss Verein” across various countries; rather, all of its offices are fully integrated and work as one team. This means that clients are assured of a consistent and high-quality offering and a level of service they would expect when dealing with a world-class law firm.

At a practice level, the firm has specialised units, each consisting of a number of practitioners who dedicate themselves to building their expertise in a specific area of law, tax, forensics or IP across Africa. Irrespective of how many business areas a transaction spans, work is done at the right level, by the person most qualified to give the client the best advice, resulting in fast turnaround times, and an extremely cost-effective offering.

To the extent that it is required in a transaction, the firm also has in-house English law capability, for Anglophone African countries, as well as practitioners who are qualified to practise French law (relevant in Francophone African countries) and OHADA law (the legal system used for business in 17 countries in West and Central Africa).

The firm’s Portuguese-speaking lawyers are able to assist clients doing business in Lusophone African countries such as Angola and Mozambique.

ENSafrica has a dedicated China practice group (with Mandarin and Cantonese-speaking practitioners) and a focused India practice group, which facilitate China’s and India’s entry and expansion strategy into Africa, respectively.

Through the financial services centre of Mauritius, ENSafrica offers a unique possibility to integrate all aspects of structuring a client’s investment in relation to all areas of law, tax, fiduciary, forensics and IP. Mauritius is a major gateway of investment into Africa. It is also an important strategic corridor for African-Asian-Indian trade and business development into, and out of, the continent.