Tholinhlanhla Gcabashe

Tholinhlanhla Gcabashe

Co-Head of M&A
Johannesburg, South Africa
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Tholinhlanhla (Tholi) Gcabashe is the Co-Head of M&A in our Johannesburg office.

He specialises in domestic and cross-border private mergers and acquisitions and general corporate and commercial matters, and has also been part of many high-profile M&A transactions in South Africa’s telecommunications, insurance, investment and property industries.

Tholi has an LLB from the University KwaZulu-Natal and a Certificate in Banking and Financial Markets from the University of the Witwatersrand.

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Relevant Experience

Tholi has been part of many high profile mergers and acquisitions transactions including:

  • Advising Mr Price Group Limited in relation to the acquisition of the business and assets of Otto Brothers Distributors Proprietary Limited trading as Power Fashion;
  • Advising Mr Price Group Limited in relation to the acquisition of 100% of the issued share capital in the Yuppiechef group;
  • Advising Sommet Education Sarl in respect of a transaction in terms of which it will subscribe for shares in Invictus Education Group Proprietary Limited (IEG) that will result in it holding 60% of the issued share capital of IEG.
  • Advising SABMiller in the recommended acquisition by Anheuser-Busch InBev of the entire issued and to be issued share capital of SABMiller;
  • Advising China Investment Corporation on its acquisition of a 25% interest in Shanduka Group;
  • Advising Puma Energy on its acquisition of a majority shareholding interest in Sakunda Petroleum in Zimbabwe;
  • Advising Fountainhead Property Trust on its disposal of all of its assets and liabilities to Redefine;
  • Advising on the M&A aspects of Alexander Forbes’s dual track (M&A and IPO) process which resulted in Alexander Forbes listing on the JSE;
  • Advising VSNL SNO SPV, an affiliate of Tata Communications, on the disposal of shares in, and shareholder loan claims, against Neotel to Vodacom;
  • Advising Apollo Global, Inc. in its acquisition of a controlling interest in Milpark Education Proprietary Limited;
  • Advising Apollo Global, Inc. in the sale of its entire interest in Milpark Education to Stadio Holdings Limited and Brimstone Limited;
  • Advising Laureate Education Inc. in relation to the sale of the education business from Monash South Africa Limited, its joint venture with Monash University, to ADvTECH;
  • Advising Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited on its acquisition of the Moab Khotsong Mine, the Great Noligwa Mine and related infrastructure from AngloGold Ashanti.

Publications & Insights