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Sally Hutton
Sally Hutton
Position: Managing Partner
Practice: Corporate
Office: Cape Town Johannesburg
Telephone: +27 11 530 5228 / +27 21 431 7282

Sally Hutton is a partner in the Corporate Practice and the managing partner at Webber Wentzel.

She is a private equity specialist and advises on all aspects of merger and acquisition transactions (both public and private) for private equity funds, including structuring advice, the consortium and shareholders arrangements, the management participation arrangements, broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE) structures, funding arrangements and reorganisations.  She has acted in most of South Africa's highest profile private equity transactions over the past 20 years.

Her expertise has been recognised by various international research organisations including Chambers Global, Legal 500, IFLR1000 (where she was listed as a leading lawyer in the IFLR1000 Women Leaders Guide 2018), Who’s Who Legal and Best Lawyers (where she was named "Lawyer of the Year" for Private Equity in 2010 and 2018). She was honoured with the "Woman Professional of the Year" award at the 2016 South African Professional Services Awards and received two awards at the 2018 South African Professional Services Awards, namely "Professional of the Year - Law Class" and the highly coveted "South African Professional of the Year - Overall Winner".

Sally has BA and LLB degrees, both with distinction, from the University of Cape Town and an LLM degree, with distinction, from the University of the Witwatersrand.  She also has a Masters of Studies from the University of Oxford.  She attended an executive education programme on Leading Professional Services Firms at Harvard Business School in 2012.

Areas of expertise


  • Private equity transactional work
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Restructurings, recapitalisations and reorganisations
  • General commercial law

Named by:

  • the South African Professional Services Awards 2018 as the "Professional of the Year - Law Class" and "South African Professional of the Year - Overall Winner".
  • the South African Professional Services Awards 2016 as the "Woman Professional of the Year".
  • Chambers Global 2006 - 2018 as a Band 1 ranked lawyer (Corporate/ M&A: Private Equity).
  • Legal 500 2012 - 2018 as a legal expert (Commercial, corporate and M&A).
  • IFLR1000 2006 - 2018 as a leading lawyer (Capital markets: Equity; M&A; Private equity).
  • IFLR1000 Women Leaders Guide 2018 as a leading lawyer.
  • Who’s Who Legal 2012 - 2013 as a leading lawyer (Private Equity and M&A).
  • Best Lawyers 2008 - 2018 (Banking and Finance Law; Corporate Law; Derivatives; Private Equity Law) (Lawyer of the Year for Private Equity 2010 and 2018).