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Njabulo Hlophe

Partner | Johannesburg

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T: +27 11 669 9440

Overview

Njabulo Hlophe is a partner in the Corporate Department of our Johannesburg office and a member of our Mergers & Acquisitions Practice.

He focuses on private mergers & acquisitions and general corporate commercial law.

Njabulo has a wide range of experience in advising on domestic and cross-border transactions and he has advised clients on some significant transactions in Africa.

His clients describe him as personable, pragmatic and well-knowledgeable.

Having practised at leading US Law Firm, Kirkland & Ellis LLP in New York, Njabulo brings international experience and value to his clients.

Experience

Njabulo’s select experience includes advising:

  • Allianz SE, one of the world’s leading insurers and asset managers, in the establishment of a joint venture with South African financial services group, Sanlam, which is intended to combine the African businesses of both companies to form the largest non-banking financial services company in Africa, in a transaction valued at ZAR 33 billion.
  • Kuehne + Nagel, one of the world’s leading logistics companies, in relation to the acquisition of Morgan Cargo, a leading South African, UK and Kenyan freight forwarder specialised in the transport and handling of perishable goods.
  • EDF Renewables South Africa, the local renewable energy arm of global utility Électricité de France, in the establishment of a joint venture with Anglo American (Envusa Energy), which is intended to develop a regional renewable energy ecosystem across 10 African countries to meet Anglo American’s target of carbon neutral operations by 2040 and support the wider decarbonization of energy in the region.
  • A consortium comprising Thesele Motors, Mortimer Motors and Hallmark Motors, in relation to the acquisition of Bidvest Car Rental (now Bluu Car Rental) and the implementation of Bluu Car Rental’s employee share ownership plan (ESOP).
  • Vimy Resources, in relation to its merger with Australia-based uranium explorer, Deep Yellow, in an all-stock deal worth approximately USD 492 million.
  • Comair (in business rescue at the time), in relation to an equity raise for an aggregate amount of ZAR 500 million and the subsequent delisting of Comair from the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.
  • The shareholders of Sorbet in relation to their disposal of the entire issued share capital of Sorbet to Long4Life in a transaction valued at ZAR 116 million.
  • Steinhoff International. and its subsidiary, Ainsley Holdings, in relation to the sell-down by Ainsley Holdings of its shareholding in Pepkor Holdings, for an aggregate amount of ZAR 7.3 billion.
  • Glencore Energy UK, in relation to its acquisition of 75% of the entire issued share capital of Chevron South Africa and 100% of the entire issued share capital of Chevron Botswana, in a transaction valued at USD 973 million.
  • Hans Merensky Holdings, in relation to its multi-step and cross-jurisdictional corporate restructure and the implementation of its employee share ownership plan (ESOP).

Awards

Njabulo has attained the following accolades:

  • African Legal Fellow, Cyrus R. Vance Centre, New York.
  • Membership to the Golden Key International Honour Society.
  • Awarded the Nadine Mann Memorial Prize in recognition of his significant contribution to the work of the Wits Law School Clinic.

AREA OF EXPERTISE

Qualifications

  • LLB degree (cum laude), University of the Witwatersrand
  • Certificates in Advanced Company Law I and II, University of the Witwatersrand

Overview

Njabulo Hlophe is a partner in the Corporate Department of our Johannesburg office and a member of our Mergers & Acquisitions Practice.

He focuses on private mergers & acquisitions and general corporate commercial law.

Njabulo has a wide range of experience in advising on domestic and cross-border transactions and he has advised clients on some significant transactions in Africa.

His clients describe him as personable, pragmatic and well-knowledgeable.

Having practised at leading US Law Firm, Kirkland & Ellis LLP in New York, Njabulo brings international experience and value to his clients.

Experience

Njabulo’s select experience includes advising:

  • Allianz SE, one of the world’s leading insurers and asset managers, in the establishment of a joint venture with South African financial services group, Sanlam, which is intended to combine the African businesses of both companies to form the largest non-banking financial services company in Africa, in a transaction valued at ZAR 33 billion.
  • Kuehne + Nagel, one of the world’s leading logistics companies, in relation to the acquisition of Morgan Cargo, a leading South African, UK and Kenyan freight forwarder specialised in the transport and handling of perishable goods.
  • EDF Renewables South Africa, the local renewable energy arm of global utility Électricité de France, in the establishment of a joint venture with Anglo American (Envusa Energy), which is intended to develop a regional renewable energy ecosystem across 10 African countries to meet Anglo American’s target of carbon neutral operations by 2040 and support the wider decarbonization of energy in the region.
  • A consortium comprising Thesele Motors, Mortimer Motors and Hallmark Motors, in relation to the acquisition of Bidvest Car Rental (now Bluu Car Rental) and the implementation of Bluu Car Rental’s employee share ownership plan (ESOP).
  • Vimy Resources, in relation to its merger with Australia-based uranium explorer, Deep Yellow, in an all-stock deal worth approximately USD 492 million.
  • Comair (in business rescue at the time), in relation to an equity raise for an aggregate amount of ZAR 500 million and the subsequent delisting of Comair from the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.
  • The shareholders of Sorbet in relation to their disposal of the entire issued share capital of Sorbet to Long4Life in a transaction valued at ZAR 116 million.
  • Steinhoff International. and its subsidiary, Ainsley Holdings, in relation to the sell-down by Ainsley Holdings of its shareholding in Pepkor Holdings, for an aggregate amount of ZAR 7.3 billion.
  • Glencore Energy UK, in relation to its acquisition of 75% of the entire issued share capital of Chevron South Africa and 100% of the entire issued share capital of Chevron Botswana, in a transaction valued at USD 973 million.
  • Hans Merensky Holdings, in relation to its multi-step and cross-jurisdictional corporate restructure and the implementation of its employee share ownership plan (ESOP).

Awards

Njabulo has attained the following accolades:

  • African Legal Fellow, Cyrus R. Vance Centre, New York.
  • Membership to the Golden Key International Honour Society.
  • Awarded the Nadine Mann Memorial Prize in recognition of his significant contribution to the work of the Wits Law School Clinic.

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