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Charles Douglas


Work Department

Corporate, Commercial, Mergers and Acquisitions


Charles Douglas heads Bowmans’ M&A Practice.

He specialises in mergers and acquisitions and equity capital markets. Charles’ experience includes public and private transactional work. From an equity capital markets perspective, Charles has experience with both primary and secondary offerings as well as more general listings work.

Charles has experience working in various African jurisdictions in addition to South Africa, including Angola, Botswana, the DRC, Kenya, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Charles also has 18 months’ work experience in Sydney, Australia and is admitted as a lawyer of the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

Charles has a BA from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, an LLB from the University of Cape Town and an LLM from the University of the Witwatersrand.

South Africa

Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Leading individuals

Charles Douglas - Bowmans

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Bowmans continues to impress in cross-border transactions, most notably for foreign multinationals, and is at the forefront of major corporate restructurings. It advised Datatec on its $830m disposal of a majority stake in its Westcon-Comstor business to Synnex. The firm also assisted Trinitas Private Equity Partnership with its acquisition of a $300m majority stake in AutoX from Powertech Industries. The 'approachable and friendly' team 'performs with speed and accuracy' and 'helps make the deal happen'. Ezra Davids is a hugely experienced M&A practitioner and Charles Douglas is 'pragmatic and clever' and is particularly noted for big-ticket cross border deals. John Bellew is a leader in private equity transactions and Charles Young is recommended for mining sector M&A. Ashleigh Hale is noted for black economic empowerment (BEE) matters. Ian Kirkman is 'detail driven while remaining entirely commercial and focused on the best outcome'. Robert Cohen is 'a very clever lawyer', 'a good negotiator' and 'a lateral thinker'.

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