Webber Wentzel clinches 2011 Magnus Deal of the Year award

- 11 January 2012

11 January 2012

Webber Wentzel has been named as one of the overall winners of the Magnus Deal of the Year category ($1 billion to under $3 billion) for its involvement in the acquisition of a controlling interest in Massmart Holdings Limited by Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, during the 10th Annual M&A Advisor awards gala dinner held in New York in December 2011.

In an announcement made by The M&A Advisor, Roger Aguinaldo, CEO and Founder of The M&A Advisor said: “The award winners represent the best of the M&A industry in 2011 and earned these honours by standing out in a group of very impressive finalists. From the lower middle market transaction to the multi-billion Deal of the Year, we are recognising the leading transactions, firms and individuals that represent the highest levels of performance.

The law firm was also shortlisted in three other categories namely:

  • Law Firm of the Year
  • Magnus Cross-border Deal of the Year (Over US$1 billion)
  • Consumer and Retail Products Deal of the Year (US$250 million and over)

  • The 2011 awards received a record 389 nominations representing over 500 companies.

    The gala is the premier celebration of the year for the industry’s leading Dealmakers. The 10th Annual Awards was held in conjunction with the 2011 M&A Advisor Summit that featured over 400 of the industry’s leading M&A professionals participating in exclusive interactive forums led by over 65 M&A, media, academic, and political stalwarts.

    An independent body of expert judges that span the M&A industry determined the ultimate recipients of the awards.


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    ON BEHALF OF: Webber Wentzel
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    Candice de Bruin, Corporate Affairs Head at Webber Wentzel
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    About Webber Wentzel

    Webber Wentzel is one of the leading corporate law firms in Africa. Webber Wentzel provides clients with legal support for their operations across Africa having advised clients in Angola, Botswana and Nigeria, amongst others. Work in Africa represents a significant and growing part of the firm’s practice.

    Recently the International Bar Association’s official research partner, Who’s Who Legal, named Webber Wentzel as South African Law Firm of the Year 2011. The South African offices are situated in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Rustenburg.

    The firm is now part of ALN (Africa Legal Network), an established group of Africa’s foremost law firms, the largest and only one of its kind on the African continent. Founded nine years ago, ALN’s African coverage currently extends to 12 African countries.

    With the inclusion of Webber Wentzel, ALN consists of over 560 lawyers on the ground in Africa. The size of the group and its multi-lateral nature distinguish it from any network, association or international law firm with offices in African countries but more importantly the alignment creates a pan-African platform for ALN members to work together on an integrated basis on multi-jurisdictional projects.

    Webber Wentzel has a staff complement of 750 people. More than 100 of the professional staff are black. The firm holds a Level Four B-BBEE rating.

    The professional staff provide high-quality service to meet the multiple and varying needs of a powerful client base that includes many of the South Africa’s Top 100 companies in mining, banking, insurance, media, property and telecommunications.

    Webber Wentzel has 21 practice groups covering virtually the entire spectrum of legal endeavour.

    For more information visit www.webberwentzel.com
    You can follow Webber Wentzel on Twitter - @WebberWentzel

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