Roddy heads the firm's Africa Practice and has overall responsibility for the firm's practice on the African Continent (outside South Africa). He also heads up Webber Wentzel's English law practice.
He brings to Webber Wentzel over 20 years experience in mergers and acquisitions, private equity, restructurings, joint ventures and other corporate transactional work. He joined the firm in 2007 prior to which he was a partner for 17 years with Lovells, a leading international London based law firm, including five years based in Hong Kong as Managing Partner of Lovells' Asian regional offices. As Head of the Asian corporate practice, he was involved in a number of significant cross-border M&A transactions across a broad range of emerging markets in Asia.
Since joining Webber Wentzel, he has been involved in a number of projects for major clients of the firm in South Africa, Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Areas of expertise
Mergers and acquisitions (public & private)
Private equity and venture capital
Joint ventures and strategic alliances
Cross border transactions
Foreign direct investment
Acting for African Development Corporation who, together with a Mauritian based consortium acquired a 54% stake in Premier Finance Group, a banking and financial services group in Zimbabwe.
Acting for Actis and Old Mutual in the buy-out of engineering group Alstom SA.
Acting for the Government of Botswana on the proposed privatisation of Botswana Telecom.
Acting for Debswana on a major mine expansion and long term coal supply agreement with Botswana Power Corporation in Botswana.
Acting for Development Partners International in connection with the acquisition of a strategic stake in Letshego Holdings, a financial services group based in Botswana servicing various countries in Southern Africa.
Acting for a private equity house in connection with the formation of a pan African fund and its first investment in a large agricultural project in Zambia.
Acting for CapitalWorks Investment Partners in its equity investment in Quality Chemical Industries, a pharmaceutical manufacturing company in Uganda.
Acting for PAIDF in the acquisition of an equity stake in TAV Tunisie as concessionaire of two major airport infrastructure projects in Tunisia.
Acting for IHS Nigeria, a pan African telecommunications infrastructure group listed in Nigeria in respect of an equity investment by IFC, FMO and Investec Frontier Private Equity Fund.
Advising ADC Financial Services and Corporate Development in respect of an equity investment in Resolution Health East Africa, a medical insurance provider based in Kenya.
Advising Wal-mart on the African aspects of the acquisition of Massmart in 14 African countries.
Advising the AfricInvest consortium in its acquisition of a controlling shareholding in GT Bank in Nigeria.
Advised Actis Africa Real Estate Fund in respect of its development of Waterfalls, a mixed use real estate development in Lusaka, Zambia incorporating 27,500m2 of hotel, leisure and retail facilities.
Advising African Development Corporation in relation to the ACA Consortium equity investment in Union Bank of Nigeria.
Advising First Rand on its acquisition of a controlling shareholding in Merchant Bank Ghana.
Listed as a leading lawyer in Africa (Corporate/Commercial) by Chambers Global 2011 and 2012.
Listed by Legal Experts EMEA 2012 - 2013 as an expert in his field.