Mergers and Acquisitions

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.

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Overview

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.

According to the Legal 500 (2015), we have “a pan-African scope” to our “corporate practice”. Our “ability to service inbound investors and multinationals” has enabled us “to tap into the growth in Chinese and US investment across Africa”.

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