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Mergers & Acquisitions

Overview

Our Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) practice is at the forefront of contemporary legal transactions in a local and global context, advising leading corporates from a multitude of sectors around the world on a variety of legal and commercial issues in Africa.

The practice is well established as a market leader for its exceptional service in providing local and international clients with sophisticated and practical advice on structuring, negotiating, documenting and implementing complex and innovative local and cross-border transactions.

Always abreast of legislative developments and changes, the Practice has extensive knowledge of the new South African Companies Act (which came into force on 1 May 2011) and has presented numerous training and information workshops on the subject, ensuring that clients receive sound and up-to-date advice in respect of the new Company Law regime.

The M&A practice offering is enhanced by superior tax, exchange control, banking and finance, competition/anti-trust, regulatory and employment law teams.

The practice holds top tier positions and receives consistently high ratings in legal surveys and M&A league tables. Our expertise covers the full spectrum of corporate and commercial transactions and advisory work, including:

  • mergers and acquisitions (public and private);
  • private equity and venture capital;
  • fund formation and financial services regulation;
  • joint ventures and strategic alliances;
  • listings and IPOs;
  • restructurings, demergers and spin-offs;
  • black economic empowerment transactions;
  • corporate governance, including matters related to the King Code of Governance for South Africa 2009 (commonly referred to as "King III"); and
  • share incentive schemes.
Key Contacts
Christo
Els
Position:
Senior Partner
Telephone:
+27 11 530 5628
Department:
Corporate
Email:
christo.els@webberwentzel.com
Christo Els
Haydn
Davies
Position:
Partner
Telephone:
+27 11 530 5209
Department:
Corporate
Email:
haydn.davies@webberwentzel.com
Haydn Davies