Commercial, corporate and M&A in South Africa


The 'full-service' M&A team at Bowmans handles significant transactions across the continent, especially regarding public M&A mandates. It also has an established private equity practice, advising private equity houses and limited partners; John Bellew  has particular expertise in this area. Charles Douglas  and Tholinhlanhla Gcabashe  co-lead the department and chairman of the corporate team, Ezra Davids , has strength in capital markets. Corporate lawyer Ashleigh Hale is active in BEE transactions, as well as deals the in financial services and TMT sectors across sub-Saharan Africa.

Other key lawyers:

Ezra Davids Dirk Wessels


‘The full-service team is technically very sound with all bases and specialisms covered.’

‘Commercial advice and great value.’

Key clients

Linde Plc

Nueva Inversiones Pacifico Sur Limitada


South African Breweries and Anheuser-Busch InBev

Mr Price Group

Sommet Education Sarl

CNH Industrial SA

Trinitas Private Equity

Harmony Gold Mining Company

Tugende Global

Digital Currency Group

Weir Minerals Africa

AfriSam SA Limited

ABB Asea Brown Boveri

T-Systems International GmbH

Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa

Work highlights

  • Acted for Linde Plc in a take-private of a target entity already majority held by the acquirer.
  • Acted for Ab InBev in relation to the SAB and AB InBev on the unwinding of the current SAB B-BBEE transaction, SAB Zenzele, and the implementation of the new B-BEE transaction, SAB Zenzele Kabili.
  • Advised Trinitas Private Equity in their indirect acquisition of the Avroy Shlain businesses in South Africa, Botswana and eSwatini.

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr is skilled in high-end corporate M&A transactions, providing due diligence, regulatory compliance and corporate governance advice to clients on domestic and cross-border matters. BEE and private equity transactions are further areas of focus for the team. M&A expert Willem Jacobs  is head of the department, which contains numerous senior and experienced lawyers, including private equity specialist David Pinnock and ‘outstanding lawyer‘ Roux van der Merwe , who is praised by clients for his ‘expert knowledge.’ Justine Krige  has a focus on the hospitality, leisure and tourism industries. Ian Hayes and director Brian Jennings  rejoined the team in March 2021 from ENSafrica. Giada Masina and Lilia Franca joined Webber Wentzel in January 2021, with Ayanda Mhlongo moving to the same firm in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Willem Jacobs


‘The quality of work is very solid. The team is experienced in not just legal, but also commercial advisory issues. It is well connected with local firms in the region such that they take consideration of the need and incorporate the costs.’

‘The team has excellent technical-legal expertise and pays close attention to detail to ensure all aspects of the transaction are carefully considered and addressed properly.’

‘Roux van der Merwe is an outstanding lawyer but in addition to his expert knowledge he exudes a calm, measured, thoughtful approach and this is appreciated and respected by his own team colleagues as well as colleagues representing other parties.’

‘Tamarin Tosen is intelligent and a hard worker.’

‘Willem Jacobs gives practical and concise advice.’

‘David Thompson is the stand-out individual and brings a wealth of experience, a strong commercial acumen and huge attention to detail.’

‘Ayanda Mhlongo is sharp, flexible and responds promptly.’

‘Working with Roelof Bonnet, you feel confident that he will deliver a timely and comprehensive solution to the matter at hand. Being able to contact him at any time makes you feel regarded as a valued client.’

Key clients

FaceBook Inc

Mondelēz International

MacKay Communications

Weiss Asset Management LP

A.P. Moller Capital


NSF International

Mettle Solar Investments

Denham Capital Management LP

Singular Systems

UK Climate Investments


Metair Investments

Mol Group

Transaction Capital

The SA SME Fund


Infinera Corporation


African Rainbow Capital Investments

Palladium Films

IDI Emerging Market Partners

Europa Shipping

Fedgroup Financial Services

King Price Financial Services

Trade Depot

ABSA Group


Aegis Group

African Development Bank

Anglo American

Arcelormittal South Africa

Assupol Holdings

Atlatsa Resources Corporation

Avon Justine

Berkshire Hathaway


Brait SE

Brimstone Investment Corporation

Burger King Holdings

Cap Gemini South Africa


Capitec Bank Holdings


City of Cape Town

Coca-Cola Company

Coronation Fund Managers

Dell Computers

Dipula Income Fund

Distell Group

Dubai World Africa Services

Echo Polska Properties N.V.

EOH Holdings

Equites Property Fund



Fidelity Security Group




Harmony Gold Mining Company

Heineken NV

IEP Portfolio 1

Investec Bank


JCDecaux Group

Kaap Agri

Libstar Holdings

Liquid Telecommunications Group

Liviero Group


Macquarie Group

Massmart Holdings

Mediclinic International


NEPI Rockcastle

Northam Platinum

Old Mutual

Oppenheimer Partners Africa Advisors

Harmony Gold Mining Company

Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa



Pioneer Food Group

Premier Fishing & Brands

Protea Hospitality Holdings

PSG Group

Puma Energy

Redefine Properties International

Reinet Investments SCA


Richemont Securities

Royal Bafokeng Nation Development Trust

Royal Dutch Shell



Séché Environnement

Shoprite Holdings


Sishen Iron Ore Company

Sony Corporation

South African Airways

South Suez Africa Fund

Sovereign Food Investments

South32 SA Coal Holdings

Standard Bank Group

Steinhoff International Holdings

Stockdale Street

Sun International


Taste Holdings

Tiso Blackstar Group SE

Total South Africa

Tower Property Fund

Trafigura Beheer


Vodacom Group

Vox Telecommunications


WeWork South Africa

Woolworths Holdings

Work highlights

  • Acted for Retailability and Metier Capital Growth Fund II on a bolt-on acquisition.  
  • Advising Grand Parade on the sale of all the shares it holds in Burger King South Africa, comprising 95.36% of the issued share capital of BKSA and all the shares it holds in Grand Foods Meat Plant, comprising 100% of the issued share capital of GFMP, to ECP Africa Fund IV LCC.
  • Representing Capitalworks on the ZAR 4.6bn takeover bid by Capitalworks Atlanta GP of Peregrine Holdings, through two special purpose vehicles, together with the proposed delisting of Peregrine from the JSE and A2X.


ENSafrica‘s corporate and commercial department is noted as ‘the “go-to” firm for complex transactions and intricate legal issues’. It advises national and international clients on public company M&A transactions, private equity mandates and BEE matters, and its spread of offices across the continent places it in a good position to advise on multi-jurisdictional matters. Sector strengths of the team include finance, mining, pharmaceutical, retail, telecommunications, infrastructure, logistics and construction. The team is jointly chaired by Doron Joffe  and  Julius Oosthuizen  in Johannesburg and Cape Town respectively. Koos Pretorius in Cape Town is skilled in hostile takeover and corporate restructurings, while private equity lawyer Lydia Shadrach-Razzino is also of note in Johannesburg. Michael Katz remains an active team member, while Ian Hayes and Brian Jennings   joined Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr in March 2021.

Practice head(s):

Doron Joffe Julius Oosthuizen


‘ENS has expertise in every field you can possibly imagine. They are quick to assist in every matter and always willing to be flexible with their fee structures. Lydia Shadrach-Razzino leads a stellar team that never disappoints.’

‘The ENS team is very strong, commercially minded but legally rigorous team. They are also wonderful colleagues and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Very responsive to client’s requirements with an ability to get to the important issues quickly. Focused attention to detail. An appreciation for and understanding of our business makes ENSafrica the “go-to” firm for complex transactions and intricate legal issues.’

‘Witness Makhubele is a very hardworking and knowledgeable commercial lawyer who seeks out practical solutions to intricate legal problems. Very client service oriented.’

‘Lydia Shadrach-Razzino and Carine Pick are always willing to go above and beyond what is required. Despite their busy schedules, they are instantly available and ensure that instructions are completed within very tight deadlines.’

‘Tony Lee is very commercial, approachable and very hands-on.’

Key clients

The Foschini Group


SAB Zenzele


Airports Company of South Africa

Sibanye Stillwater


Discovery Health

Aerospace Development Corporation


Sasol Limited

Sasol Chemicals USA LLC

Mineworkers Investment Company

Impala Platinum Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the Foschini Group on its acquisition of 325 Jet stores and 4800 employees across South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, eSwatini and Botswana.
  • Advised Karooooo on its take-over by way of scheme of arrangement of Cartrak.
  • Advising Sasol on the South African law aspects of the disposal of a 50% interest in Louisiana Integrated Polyethylene JV LLC to LyondellBasell LC Offtake LLC

Webber Wentzel

Webber Wentzel acts on significant M&A transactions for private and public clients, as well as bidders, targets and financial advisors, across sub-Saharan Africa. Its offering is complemented by the firm’s other strong departments such as tax, banking and finance, and competition. Ziyanda Ntshona leads the department with substantial experience in M&A and equity capital markets in South Africa, alongside Sally HuttonChristo Els and Jesse Watson. Gareth Driver is of note in the BEE space. Justin Roberts was promoted to partner, and Ayanda Mhlongo joined from Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr in January 2022, following Lilia Franca and Giada Masina who joined from the same firm in early 2021.

Practice head(s):

Ziyanda Ntshona

Other key lawyers:

Sally Hutton; Christo Els; Jesse Watson; Gareth Driver; Angela Simpson; Safiyya Patel ; Warren Drue; Colin Du Toit; Leslie de Bruyn; Bruce Dickinson; Mark Phillips; Annabel Parry; Madelein Burger; Alison Mills; Mlu Mahlangu; Justin Roberts; Ayanda Mhlongo


‘The team is incredibly responsive and solutions driven.’

‘The team was incredibly dedicated to ensuring the transaction was successful.’

Key clients

Hollard Business Associates

Pioneer Food Group

Momentum Metropolitan Holdings

Northam Platinum

Omnia Holdings


Welkom Yizani Investment

Ata Capital

Anglo American PLC

Prosus N.V.

Rand Merchant Bank

CDC Group Plc

Omnia Group

The Carlyle Group

Work highlights

  • Advising the Anglo Group in its internal reorganisation which comprised the separation of the Anglo Group’s South African thermal coal assets and business operations from the group’s remaining assets and the subsequent disposal of the Armstrong Assets.
  • Advised Northam in relation to the acceleration of the maturity and wind-up of the empowerment transaction concluded between Northam and Zambezi Platinum and the acquisition by Northam Platinum Holdings of all the shares in Northam which are listed on the JSE and a new empowerment transaction.
  • Advising each of the CSSAF Holdings I, IAPFEF JJ, the founder shareholders and management in their disposal of their entire interest in the J&J Group, comprising 100% of the issued share capital of Lift Logistics Holdco and 70% of the total issued share capital of Greendoor Group Proprietary Limited.

DLA Piper Advisory Services (pty) Ltd

The South Africa team at DLA Piper is notably strong in advising financial institutions in their corporate activities, including M&A deals in that industry. Being a part of the firm’s global network enables it to perform both domestic and cross-border transactions. Peter Bradshaw leads the practice and advises clients in the FMCG, retail, food and beverages, hospitality and property sectors. South African managing partner Johannes Gouws handles high-profile domestic and cross border M&A. Director Andre Visser joined the team from Adams & Adams in 2021.

Practice head(s):

Peter Bradshaw

Other key lawyers:

Johannes GouwsAndre Visser

Key clients








Shoprite Checkers

Fortress Reit


Work highlights

  • Advising Allied Electronics Corporation on the disposal of its UK subsidiary, Bytes Technology Limited, to Bytes Technology Group plc.
  • Advised Barloworld on its ZAR5.35bn acquisition of the Tongaat Hulett Starch business from Tongaat Hulett.
  • Advising Shoprite Checkers Proprietary on its acquisition of 56 grocery stores, 43 liquor stores, 12 cash and carry stores and 4 distribution facilities from Massmart Holdings via a competitive auction process.

Werksmans Attorneys

At Werksmans Attorneys, Kevin Trudgeon  leads the commercial side of the department and Gerhard Johannes  heads up the corporate and M&A practice.  the team acts for both public and private clients across sectors such as mining, retail, telecommunications, banking and insurance in domestic and cross-border corporate mergers, private equity mandates, takeovers and restructurings. Its involvement in BEE transactions, environmental compliance and business rescue cases is also on the rise, and regulatory mandates are also within the team’s strong capabilities. David Gewer is especially strong in mining-related M&A matters.

Key clients

Absa Bank

Arcelormittal South Africa

Berkshire Partners LLC

Bidvest Group

Bid Corporation

Blue Label Telecoms

Brother Industrial SA


Capitalworks Fund II SPV Partnership

Equity Partnership II

Clover Industries


Endo International PLC

Glencore PLC

Hammerson PLC


Isuzu Motors

Kerry Group PLC


Mitsubishi Motors Corporation

Nissan South Africa

Peregrine Holdings

Samancor Chrome

Sasfin Bank


Standard Bank

Steinhoff International Holdings


The Prepaid Company Proprietary Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the Independent Board of Peregrine on their response to a take-over offer.
  • Advised Comair Limited in relation to the transaction contemplated by the business rescue plan which entails the acquisition of 99% of the shareholding in Comair by a consortium of investors.
  • Acted for 4Racing in concluding a series of agreements with Phumelela Gaming and Leisure and various other members of the PGL group of companies, in terms of which, 4Racing will acquire from PGL the horse racing, media production and distribution of horse racing products and tote betting business conducted by PGL and certain fixed odds betting licences and immovable properties from other members of the PGL Group.

White & Case LLP

The South African corporate practice at White & Case LLP  works alongside its US, UK and UAE offices, and its international network ‘equips it well to advise on complex multi-jurisdictional transactions’ . Listed and private companies form part of the team’s client roster, and it provides a transactional, regulatory and advisory offering.The department is chaired by Gary Felthun , who is ‘extremely well regarded in the market‘, and is active in M&A and private equity deals. Craig Atkinson is notable in cross-border transactions for listed companies.

Practice head(s):

Gary Felthun


‘W&C benefits from a broad international network which equips it well to advise on complex multi-jurisdictional transactions’

‘The W&C team with which I have been working show a high level of commercial awareness and a good understanding of the client’s primary objectives. They have also proved adept at managing some highly technical issues in Southern Africa requiring detailed knowledge of the local environment and requiring extreme attention to detail.’

‘The White & Case team that I have worked with are simply awesome. They are brilliant lawyers. They provide accurate and honest advice, inspire confidence in developing and executing transactions, deliver top-notch output, always seek to protect the client while being solutions orientated, and they are formidable negotiators.’

‘Gary Felthun is extremely well regarded in the market, with many clients and advisors recognising that he is the “best in the business”, and I echo that. He has vast and diverse industry and product experience, which enables him to identify, chart and execute transactions very effectively. He always seems to be ahead of (and on top of) all of the crucial issues, he has excellent tactical skills, and is a formidable negotiator.’

‘Associate Sandile Mathebula is hugely impressive. He is extremely smart and has excellent judgment. His output is of a very high quality. He is always on top of the detail, is extremely diligent in understanding and considering all aspects of the deal, and he did a seamless job of managing the daily activities required on the buy-side deal.’

‘Craig Atkinson is highly professional, very knowledgeable and very personable.’

‘In South Africa, Tanya Seitz deserves recognition for her exceptional attention to detail in managing a number of highly technical initiaitives.’

Key clients

AngloGold Ashanti Limited

Alfa Financial Software Holdings plc

Amrod Corporate Solutions

Atterbury Europe Holding BV

Bayport Management

Black Royalty Minerals

British United Provident Association plc


Coricraft Group

Daimler AG

Eco-bat Technologies

Eurochem Group AG

FNB Investor Services


Gemfields Limited

Glencore plc

GoldenTree Asset Management LP


Imperial Holdings

International Finance Corporation

Investec Bank


MC Mining


Motus Corporation

Pelagic Resources PTE

Rand Merchant Investment Holdings


Sedibelo Platinum Mines


The Carlyle Group

The People’s Fund

ThyssenKrupp AG

Transaction Capital

Universal Coal plc

Village Main Reef

Work highlights

  • Represented Anchor Group with respect to its scheme of arrangement, which contemplated a repurchase of its shares from its shareholders and a subsequent delisting from the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and A2X.
  • Represented AngloGold Ashanti in relation to a transaction pursuant to which it agreed to dispose of various mining assets in South Africa to Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited for a purchase consideration of US$300m.
  • Represented the Kiara Health Group in relation to a number of transactions including its acquisition of Novartis’ South African pharmaceutical manufacturing business.

Baker McKenzie Johannesburg

The corporate practice at Baker McKenzie Johannesburg has expertise across a wide range of sectors, including mining, finance, logistics, construction, retail and private equity. It is highly adept at acting for local clients regarding market entry acquisitions as well as BEE-related transactions. The team is also increasingly involved in strategic disposals, business rescue mandates, the dissolution of joint ventures and strategic restructurings across South Africa. Marc Yudaken and Mike Van Rensburg are the senior lawyers of the group with expertise in M&A and corporate reorganisations. Morné van der Merwe is now at Alchemy Law.


‘Deep experience in African and cross border M&A, very efficient network of local firms in Africa to source specific local law advice.’

‘Mike van Rensburg is stellar. Very commercial, pragmatic and strategic approach, in addition to technical strengths. Availability exceptional, and gives client the comfort that its best interest are being looked after, far beyond the mere need to record yet another billable unit.’

Key clients

Bidvest Group

Impala Platinum Holdings


African Rainbow Capital

The Livekindly Co

ECP Africa Fund IV LLC


Wipro Unza Holdings

BRENNTAG (holding) B.V.


Nokia Corporation

Hillhouse Capital

Tswalu Holdings

Schreiber Foods

Doka GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising ECP on its proposed acquisition of 95.36% of the shares in Burger King South Africa and 100% of the shares in Grand Foods Meat Plant from Grand Parade Investments.
  • Advised Bohler in relation to the merger control and corporate aspects of the establishment of a joint venture between Bohler and Afrox involving Afrox’s welding consumables factory near Brits, South Africa.
  • Advised Implats on its investment into the AP Ventures Fund II.

CMS South Africa

The corporate department at CMS South Africa was only established in 2019, and is jointly chaired by Yushanta Rungasammy and Deepa Vallabh who have substantial experience in private equity matters, M&A mandates and BEE transactions. Cross-border and multi-jurisdictional matters are a core part of the practice’s offering, especially in mining, TMT, healthcare, construction and the financial sector, with a growing increase in private equity deals. Kabelo Dlothi joined the team from White & Case LLP in February 2021.

Other key lawyers:

Kabelo Dlothi ; Sihle Bulose


‘The individual we work with understands business operations and can give advice that is not just pure legal advice.’

‘The team that assisted us specialised in M&A and helped close the deal seamlessly.’

‘The partner we worked with has been our corporate lawyer for 10 years – both before joining CMS and then since. Kabelo Dlothi is especially strong in commercial and corporate law.’

‘The CMS team has provided us with excellent service and this is as a result of their understanding of the fintech space. It is our experience that this is not a common trait for a commercial and corporate practice but rather unique to the innovative and up to date CMS team. The CMS team has produced very valuable advice and produces this advice in a valuable format as well which again, is a unique trait to this unique team.’

‘Always available to engage and test ideas. They are great in assembling teams of relevant expertise to solve clients’ problems.’

‘We have developed our business strategy alongside Kabelo Dlothi from the beginning. He has provided invaluable legal input along the way and has drawn from the wider team to ensure we get relevant expertise to our evolving business needs. We rate the service and professional guidance we receive from Kabelo Dlothi and his colleagues.’

‘Deepa Vallabh guides trough highly complex transactions with steady hand and great know how, Sihle Bulose’s efficiency and indefatigability make them an unbeatable team.’

‘Yushanta Rungasammy from the outset of our relationship displayed an immediate understanding of our fintech business and it was almost as if she had already been advising us from the get go. Yushanta has an incredibly innate sense of what her clients needs are without over complicating matters. It is not often that you find a corporate and commercial attorney who understands online platforms and the digital way of doing things. The same can and must be said for Sihle Bulose who has, together with Yushanta, added massive value to our fintech team with his quick responses to complex matters and presents his advice in a valuable manner – this is the type of advice most, if not all businesses need. Sihle has also shown an in-depth understanding of our business model where “old school” investment structures meet “new school” innovations.’

Key clients

Exxaro Resources

Cell C

Eaton Corporation

The Reef Group

Calibre Investment Holdings

UCP Holdings

Clover Industries

Chromaflo Technologies South Africa

Multichoice Africa Holdings B.V.

Founders Factory Africa

EQT Fund Managements

Work highlights

  • Acting for Exxaro Resources on the disposal of its equity interest in Exxaro Coal Central and it’s Leeuwpan Coal Mine operation through a bidding process.
  • Advised MultiChoice Africa Holdings B.V. in relation to its acquisition of more than 20% stake in Blue Lake Ventures.
  • Advised Cell C in connection with the acquisition by Atlas Tower of 193 telecommunication towers from Cell C and International Tower Corporation.

Herbert Smith Freehills South Africa LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills South Africa LLP‘s corporate practice spans across South and Africa and the rest of the continent. It advises clients on a broad range of mandates, including M&A deals, joint takeovers, demergers and restructuring deals.  Rudolph du Plessis is head of the department with expertise in domestic and cross-border mandates. The team also saw the arrival of Huneiza Goolam in April 2021 from CMS South Africa, who has expertise in M&A and ECM. Ross Lomax continues to be an active team member in the mining and energy sectors alongside Patrick Leyden, who was promoted to partner in May 2021.

Practice head(s):

Rudolph du Plessis


‘Patrick Leyden is very competent, very resourceful and hugely successful with our matters. He is very innovative and brings very creative solutions.’

‘Skill, knowledge and experience are a given. What sets Ross apart is the personal relationship and the personal care and attention our company receives.’

‘The team is part of an international law firm. We have a long-standing, personal relationship with Ross Lomax and his service delivery is of the very best.’

‘We have used Patrick Leyden for commercial work and the firm is well resourced to support us and the team is very effective.’

Key clients


Bunengi Group Holdings

DRA Global


CFAO Group

Harmony Gold Mining Company

Huge Group

Mulilo Renewable Energy

STANLIB Infrastructure Yield Fund

STANLIB Infrastructure Investments Fund II


Publicis Groupe Holdings B.V


Work highlights

  • Advised MRE in connection with the acquisition by MRE of the entire shareholding of X-Elio Energy, S.L. in two solar project companies, being Mulilo Renewable Energy Solar PV De Aar and Mulilo Renewable Energy Solar PV Prieska.
  • Advised DRA Global on a  transaction which included an initial public offering to raise circa US$11.7m.
  • Advised Harmony in relation to the acquisition of AngloGold Ashanti’s Mponeng mine and surface operations in South Africa.


Fasken handles M&A, securities and capital raising transactions and joint ventures, as well as BEE transactions. Financial services specialist Michael Teubes has been leading the team since January 2020. Dimitri Cavvadas is especially skilled in cross border M&A in the natural resources area and Mike van Vuren is experienced in the mining, industrial, financial services and healthcare industries. Lesley Morphet  joined from Hogan Lovells (South Africa)  in 2020 and insurance expert Deanne Wood joined the practice in 2020 after formerly working at The Ombudsman for Short Term Insurance.

Practice head(s):

Michael Teubes


‘The team at Fasken, specifically Mike van Vuren, collaborates with us extremely well. He is highly skilled and has exceptional technical knowledge.’

‘The way that they looked at the problem and ensured that all relevant angles were covered to ensure a holistic answer to our query was very good.’ 

Key clients


Etion Connect

Rockwell Diamonds

Thor Explorations


Arnot OpCo

Innovators Resources

Impala Platinum Holdings

LGC Group

Lombard Insurance Company

Eastern Platinum

Mainstream Renewable Power

Trident Royalties

Uthaka Energy

Work highlights

  • Acted for Etion when it entered into a sale of shares agreement with Altron TMT SA Group in which Etion will sell 100% of the issued shares in Law Trusted Third Party Services for a consideration amount of R245m.
  • Acted for Decentral Energy Capital Limited in relation to the raising of R55m through a public offering.
  • Acted for Sunstone Capital in relation to the raising of R105m through a public offering.

Glyn Marais

Glyn Marais advises its big-name clients on BEE transactions, M&A mandates and cross-border transactions. Francois MaraisWillem de Villiers and Brian Frank all jointly lead the department from Johannesburg. Marais acts for financial institutions, de Villiers specialises in public and private M&A mandates and Frank is an expert in commercial property.


‘The practice is unique in the sense that it has the experience and provides the quality of work similar to a large firm. In addition, the firm is also very approachable and appointments can easily be made.’

‘The knowledge and teamwork of Francois Marias is extremely rare. We would be always grateful for his contribution to the growth of our firm.’

‘Knowledgeable and pleasant people, easy to work with, and they are sure to explain the legal technicalities in a way for non-legal people to easily understand. They understand the client needs very well and adapt their approach to fit the client.’

‘The team is very passionate about what they do and always go above and beyond the expectation. We appreciate the high quality service and the manner in which they work. Highly recommend.’

Key clients



Absa Capital

DRA Global Holdings

Investec Bank

Anglo American plc

Accelerate Property Fund

Sinosteel Corporation

Growthpoint Properties

AfroCentric Group

Sanlam Private Equity

Lawtons Africa

A spinoff team from Hogan Lovells (South Africa), now at Lawtons Africa, is active in trade M&A and private equity transactions, acting for clients in the banking, mining, e-commerce and pharmaceutical sectors. Jeff Buckland leads the team with strengths in both public and private mergers.   Riëtte Engels-Van Zyl  and Mahashini Govender are also senior lawyers of note. Vaughn Harrison joined Thomson Wilks Inc in April 2021.

Practice head(s):

Jeff Buckland

Key clients

Public Investment Corporation

CapitalWorks Private Equity Advisor