Mr Gerhard Johannes > Werksmans Attorneys > Johannesburg, South Africa > Lawyer Profile

Werksmans Attorneys
South Africa
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Work Department

Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions


Director Gerhard Johannes is Head of Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions


Director Gerhard Johannes is Head of Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions, also lending his skills to the Africa practice area. He specialises in corporate finance; public offerings and private placements; black economic empowerment transactions; international transactions; exchange control; leveraged and acquisition finance; leveraged and management buy-outs; listings/flotations; private equity; project and limited recourse finance; and mergers & acquisitions. Gerhard Johannes has been a director of Werksmans since 1999. He is consistently recognised in various international ratings and has been named as a leading lawyer in M&A by Best Lawyers International and in Corporate/M&A by Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business. He is also a recommended lawyer in Corporate and M&A by the Legal500.


Gerhard is a member of the Law Society of the Northern Provinces.


Gerhard has a BA LLB from the University of Stellenbosch, as well as Higher Diplomas in Company Law and Tax from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Lawyer Rankings

South Africa > Commercial, corporate and M&A

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.