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Rohan Isaacs

Rohan Isaacs


Rohan heads the Herbert Smith Freehills South Africa technology and privacy team and is based in Johannesburg.  He joined the firm in June 2019 having spent 27 years at one of South Africa's largest law firms.



He acts for a wide range of local and foreign clients in both the private and public sector, advising them on all aspects of information and communication technology,  privacy, public procurement, and media.  Over a period of 20 years Rohan has been involved in some of the largest information technology implementation and outsourcing projects both in South Africa and internationally. Rohan's data privacy practice spans a range of industries - aviation, pharmaceutical, telecommunications, technology, insurance, banking, professional services and healthcare - and includes both advisory work and dealing with data breaches.

Rohan has been named as a leading lawyer in the field of IT and Telecommunications by the Chambers Guide to 'The World's Leading Lawyers.’  Rohan has been ranked Band 1 for IT and telecommunications by Chambers Global since 2011 which states that "Rohan Isaacs is a well-known figure in the market who attracts the respect of both peers and clients.  Sources especially recommend his pragmatic outlook: Rohan was an incredible negotiator, able to work around issues and find compromises."

Rohan's experience includes advising:

  • Standard Bank of South Africa in the development and customisation of a vehicle asset finance platform including negotiation of all services development and services agreements associated with the development, ownership, support and maintenance of the system
  • City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality in its multi-billion rand fibre-optic broadband network infrastructure project with Ericsson South Africa Proprietary Limited, CitiConnect Communications Proprietary Limited and BWired Broadband Proprietary Limited
  • South African National Treasury on legislation and policy regarding the interface between technology, telecommunications and the banking sector with regard to fraud detection and prevention and new financial inclusion technologies
  • Barclays Bank in a global outsourcing project spanning numerous countries on three continents
  • Nucleon Labs in relation to the privacy aspects of establishing a population wide database for its core business operations