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Angela Simpson

Partner | Johannesburg

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Overview

Angela Simpson is a partner in our M&A Practice in Johannesburg.

Angela has 25 years of experience in public and private corporate transactions and mergers and acquisitions, including in the private equity and venture capital industry.

She works across sub-Saharan Africa, spanning numerous sectors including financial services, logistics, food and agriculture, mining, fast moving consumer goods, telecommunications, technology and renewable energy.

Experience

  • Advised Sango Capital, a pan African investment firm, investing in funds and direct investments on the African continent, in its acquisition of Neopak Holdings from Ethos.
  • Advised Alterra Capital Partners Limited on its disposal, on behalf of the Carlyle Group, of south African security equipment firm Amecor to the Assa Abloy Group.
  • Advised Mahlako Energy Fund and Thirdway Investment Partners on the acquisition, through Mahlako Gas Energy Proprietary Limited, of a minority stake in Tetra4, a South African subsidiary of Renergen Limited. Tetra4 holds South Africa’s first and only onshore petroleum production right and is the entity developing the Virginia Gas Project to produce liquid Helium and liquified natural gas.
  • Advised Spartan Truck Hire on the acquisition of Leopard Transport Limited (trading as Elite Truck Hire) from Caribel Proprietary Liited and a range of funds managed by Medu Capital;
  • Advised CSSAF Holdings I, a private equity investment vehicle managed by the Carlyle Group, IAPFEF JJ Limited, a private equity investment vehicle managed by Ethos Private Equity, the founder shareholders and management shareholders (through TFL Trustees Limited) in their disposal to Imperial Logistics, of their entire interest in the J&J Group, the largest integrated logistics operator on Mozambique’s Beira corridor, for ZAR 4.4 billion.
  • Advised Actis on the South African aspects of its disposal, together with Mainstream Renewable Power, of Lekela Power to Infinity Group and Africa Finance Corporation for US$1,5 billion. This transaction was awarded Dealmakers Private Equity Deal of the Year in 20203.
  • Advised RCL Foods Limited on the disposal of Vector Logistics to AP Moller. This transaction has been shortlisted for Dealmakers Private Equity Deal of the year 2023.
  • Advised Momentum Metropolitan Holdings Limited in the establishment of its ZAR 1.1 billion B-BBEE employee incentive scheme.
  • Advised Thebe Investment Corporation on its confidential debt and equity restructuring.
  • Advised RCL Foods Limited on the acquisition of Sunshine Bakery from AFGRI Group Holdings and the founders for an undisclosed value.
  • Advised Sango Capital on the partial disposal of its interest in Sundry Markets, a leading Nigerian grocery store chain, to Tana Capital for an undisclosed value.
  • Advised Black River Food Fund 2 LP (Black River) in relation to the acquisition of the entire issued ordinary share capital and subsequent delisting of Country Bird Holdings Ltd (CBH), a leading producer and supplier of chicken on the African continent, by means of a scheme of arrangement and a follow on investment by Black River in CBH.

* Experience prior to joining Bowmans

Awards

  • Leading Lawyer in the IFLR1000 Women Leaders Guide since 2018
  • Named by Best Lawyers 2015-2023 as a leading individual
  • Named by Legal 500 2015-2023 as a legal expert (Commercial, Corporate and M&A)
  • Named by IFLR1000’s Women Leaders Guide 2018-2023 as a leading lawyer
  • Named by IFLR1000 2016-2023 as a leading lawyer
  • Named by Chambers Global 2016-2024 as a ranked lawyer
  • Nominated as a finalist for DealMakers 2010 “Dealmaker of the Year” award for her role in Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation’s ZAR 24 billion acquisition of Dimension Data Holdings plc

Qualifications

  • BCom LLLB University of the Witwatersrand.

Overview

Angela Simpson is a partner in our M&A Practice in Johannesburg.

Angela has 25 years of experience in public and private corporate transactions and mergers and acquisitions, including in the private equity and venture capital industry.

She works across sub-Saharan Africa, spanning numerous sectors including financial services, logistics, food and agriculture, mining, fast moving consumer goods, telecommunications, technology and renewable energy.

Experience

  • Advised Sango Capital, a pan African investment firm, investing in funds and direct investments on the African continent, in its acquisition of Neopak Holdings from Ethos.
  • Advised Alterra Capital Partners Limited on its disposal, on behalf of the Carlyle Group, of south African security equipment firm Amecor to the Assa Abloy Group.
  • Advised Mahlako Energy Fund and Thirdway Investment Partners on the acquisition, through Mahlako Gas Energy Proprietary Limited, of a minority stake in Tetra4, a South African subsidiary of Renergen Limited. Tetra4 holds South Africa’s first and only onshore petroleum production right and is the entity developing the Virginia Gas Project to produce liquid Helium and liquified natural gas.
  • Advised Spartan Truck Hire on the acquisition of Leopard Transport Limited (trading as Elite Truck Hire) from Caribel Proprietary Liited and a range of funds managed by Medu Capital;
  • Advised CSSAF Holdings I, a private equity investment vehicle managed by the Carlyle Group, IAPFEF JJ Limited, a private equity investment vehicle managed by Ethos Private Equity, the founder shareholders and management shareholders (through TFL Trustees Limited) in their disposal to Imperial Logistics, of their entire interest in the J&J Group, the largest integrated logistics operator on Mozambique’s Beira corridor, for ZAR 4.4 billion.
  • Advised Actis on the South African aspects of its disposal, together with Mainstream Renewable Power, of Lekela Power to Infinity Group and Africa Finance Corporation for US$1,5 billion. This transaction was awarded Dealmakers Private Equity Deal of the Year in 20203.
  • Advised RCL Foods Limited on the disposal of Vector Logistics to AP Moller. This transaction has been shortlisted for Dealmakers Private Equity Deal of the year 2023.
  • Advised Momentum Metropolitan Holdings Limited in the establishment of its ZAR 1.1 billion B-BBEE employee incentive scheme.
  • Advised Thebe Investment Corporation on its confidential debt and equity restructuring.
  • Advised RCL Foods Limited on the acquisition of Sunshine Bakery from AFGRI Group Holdings and the founders for an undisclosed value.
  • Advised Sango Capital on the partial disposal of its interest in Sundry Markets, a leading Nigerian grocery store chain, to Tana Capital for an undisclosed value.
  • Advised Black River Food Fund 2 LP (Black River) in relation to the acquisition of the entire issued ordinary share capital and subsequent delisting of Country Bird Holdings Ltd (CBH), a leading producer and supplier of chicken on the African continent, by means of a scheme of arrangement and a follow on investment by Black River in CBH.

* Experience prior to joining Bowmans

Awards

  • Leading Lawyer in the IFLR1000 Women Leaders Guide since 2018
  • Named by Best Lawyers 2015-2023 as a leading individual
  • Named by Legal 500 2015-2023 as a legal expert (Commercial, Corporate and M&A)
  • Named by IFLR1000’s Women Leaders Guide 2018-2023 as a leading lawyer
  • Named by IFLR1000 2016-2023 as a leading lawyer
  • Named by Chambers Global 2016-2024 as a ranked lawyer
  • Nominated as a finalist for DealMakers 2010 “Dealmaker of the Year” award for her role in Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation’s ZAR 24 billion acquisition of Dimension Data Holdings plc

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