Ryan Kitcat

Ryan Kitcat

Johannesburg, South Africa
T: +27 11 669 9296
E: ryan.kitcat@bowmanslaw.com
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Ryan Kitcat is a Partner in our Corporate Department, and a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions practice, in our Johannesburg office.

Ryan specialises in public and private M&A and general corporate and commercial law. He has advised JSE-listed and multinational clients on a variety of national and cross-border mandates. He has worked in particular in the energy & natural resources, education, mining, insurance, hospitality, private security, and telecoms tower sectors. His expertise extends to B-BBEE transactions, corporate reorganisations, corporate governance, shareholder activism and takeovers.

In 2018 Ryan went on a Stronger Together secondment to the London office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. In 2019 Ryan completed the course Impact Investing in Africa through the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town.

Ryan holds BA and LLB degrees from the University of Cape Town and an LLM from the University of Florida, USA.

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Relevant Experience

  • Standard Bank on its ZAR 10.6 billion buyout of the minority shareholders, and subsequent take private, of Liberty Holdings Limited
  • Linde plc on its ZAR 2.8 billion buyout of the minority shareholders, and subsequent take private, of African Oxygen Limited (Afrox)
  • ATON GmbH (Germany), on its proposed ZAR 7.6 billion takeover of JSE-listed Murray & Roberts Holdings Limited
  • SBA Communications and Paradigm Infrastructure Limited on the acquisition of Airtel Tanzania’s telecom tower portfolio for approximately USD 175 million
  • DAZN Group (UK), and Access Industries on the reorganisation and separation of their Perform Content business involving 30 countries, prior to its disposal to Stats LLC
  • HSS Hire plc (UK), on its disposal of UK Platforms to Loxam, a leading European equipment-rental group, a class 1 transaction under the Listings Rules of the London Stock Exchange
  • Chevron Global Energy, Inc. (USA), on its sale of its assets in Chevron South Africa and Chevron Botswana for c. USD 1 billion to a Glencore-backed BEE shareholder in Chevron South Africa, following its pre-emption of Sinopec Corp. (China)
  • Marriott International, Inc. (USA), on its ZAR 2.2 billion ac quisition of the IP, hotel management and franchising business of the Protea Hotel Group, comprising 116 hotels in six countries in sub-Saharan Africa (M&A Team of the Year at the African Legal Awards in 2014)

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