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Webber Wentzel
South Africa
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Senior Partner


Christo specialises in mergers and acquisitions (M&A), corporate finance, equity capital markets and securities regulation law. He has advised on a number of large, transformational and cross-border transactions in Sub-Saharan Africa. His matters include advising on the African aspects of AB InBev’s take-over of SABMiller; Woolworths’ ZAR 23 billion takeover of David Jones in Australia; Mercer Africa’s acquisition of a 34% interest in the Alexander Forbes Group; Walmart’s purchase of a majority stake in Massmart; Vodafone’s acquisition of a majority interest in Vodacom; and Gutsche Family Investments on the creation of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa. Other complex deals include advising Al Noor Hospitals Group Plc on the combination of Al Noor and Mediclinic International Ltd; Oceana Group on the acquisition of Daybrook Fisheries in the USA; Tsogo Sun in respect of the ZAR 11 billion disposal by SABMiller plc of its 39.6% stake in Tsogo Sun; and the Industrial & Commercial Bank of China in respect of its ZAR 37 billion acquisition of 20% of Standard Bank. He has advised on a number of listings on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, including the listings of AB InBev (ZAR 3 trillion secondary inward listing), Ethos Capital, Life Healthcare, Mondi, Mpact and Vodacom Group.

Lawyer Rankings

South Africa > Commercial, corporate and M&A

(Hall of Fame)

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Webber Wentzel frequently lands many of the headline and transformational deals in the market, whether it be strategic M&A or private equity transactions. Major corporate restructurings and high-value listings also form a significant part of the practice. Sally Hutton is a recognised leader in private equity transactions, while also serving as the firm’s managing partner. Similarly, Christo Els is senior partner and a consistent force in big-ticket M&A. Colin du Toit and Gareth Driver are also outstanding individuals, while Jesse Watson is emerging as a future leader in major ECM and M&A deals. Warren DrueMark Phillips, Safiyya Patel and Ziyanda Ntshona are also rated. Cape Town partner Adam Ismail has also led a number of the firm’s major transaction engagements.