Mergers and Acquisitions

‘a stellar … group, which plays a significant role in many of the region’s largest transactions’ – Chambers and Partners, 2022

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We have a strong record of acting on the most significant corporate and M&A transactions across the African continent. This is because our size and geographic spread combined with our breadth of skills, experience and good relationships with regulators, enables us to handle large and time-critical transactions.

Our services include public acquisitions, private equity transactions, joint ventures, unbundlings and other investments and divestitures including public M&As, both contested and uncontested, and private M&As.

We also have considerable expertise in the fields of privatisation and public-to- private transactions and have advised shareholders becoming more active in the management of their companies. In South Africa, we have been involved in the structuring and implementation of complex black economic empowerment transactions.

We represent participants in transactions in virtually all capacities – purchasers, sellers, financiers, financial advisers, directors and shareholders.

In most cases we project manage the entire transaction which includes conducting a legal due diligence investigation, providing strategic advice, negotiating terms, drafting documentation and assisting with the implementation of the transaction from a legal point of view.

Our clients range from listed and unlisted domestic and international corporations, banks and financial institutions, to state-owned enterprises and government departments and their agencies.

We have also served as local counsel for a range of international financial institutions and corporates, as well as international law firms and merchant banks.

IFLR Sub-Saharan Africa Awards, 2020

Winner of the M&A Team of the Year and advised on the M&A Deal of the Year

Chambers and Partners, 2022

‘a stellar corporate practice group, which plays a significant role in many of the region’s largest transactions’

‘enviable track record in sophisticated cross-border transactions’

‘represents a number of high-profile domestic and international clients and offers impressive cross-border capabilities, with a particularly prominent position in the manufacturing and consumer goods sectors across Sub-Saharan Africa’

‘well regarded for its ability to advise on competition and tax mandates’

‘significant experience in … mining, telecoms, financial services and energy’

‘notable capability in market sectors such as healthcare and technology’

‘a popular choice among regional and international banks, insurance and investment companies’

Legal 500, 2021

‘continues to be at the forefront of cross-border M&A, with a number of mandates coming from foreign investors’

‘a growing force in Africa cross-border deals, thanks in part to its mounting number of offices throughout the continent’

‘has an outstanding record in bulge-bracket M&A and corporate restructurings’

‘also stands out for its well-developed competition and tax practices’

Significant Matters