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Webber Wentzel

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Cape Town, Johannesburg

Sally Hutton

Work +27 (0) 11 530 5000
Webber Wentzel

Work Department

Corporate/M&A Practice


Managing Partner


Sally is a private equity specialist and advises on all aspects of merger and acquisition transactions (both public and private) for private equity funds, including structuring advice, the consortium and shareholders arrangements, the management participation arrangements, Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) structures, funding arrangements and reorganisations. She has acted in most of South Africa's highest profile private equity transactions over the past 20 years. Her expertise has been recognised by various international research organisations including Chambers Global, Legal 500, IFLR1000, Who’s Who Legal and Best Lawyers (where she was named "Lawyer of the Year" for Private Equity in 2010 and 2018). She was honoured with the "Woman Professional of the Year" award at the 2016 South African Professional Services Awards and received two awards at the 2018 South African Professional Services Awards, namely "Professional of the Year - Law Class" and the highly coveted "South African Professional of the Year - Overall Winner".


Programme in Leading Professional Service Firms, Harvard Business School, 2012
LLM (Taxation) (cum laude), University of the Witwatersrand, 1999
Master of Studies (Legal Research), University of Oxford, 1994
LLB (magna cum laude), University of Cape Town, 1992
BA (cum laude), University of Cape Town, 1990
Admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa

South Africa

Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Webber Wentzel has a large team with top-level professionals at senior and junior level. It has a virtually unrivalled client base of blue-chip domestic and multinational corporates, and financial sponsors. The firm is making a further impression in renewables secondary deals, equity offerings, real estate acquisitions and 'is streets ahead in private equity'. Clients include Anglo American, African Rainbow Capital Investments, Murray & Roberts, Uber Technologies and Gold Fields. Led by Charl Jonker, it advised Old Mutual on its landmark managed separation, including the unbundling of some 33% of its shareholding in Nedbank Group, the acquisition by Old Mutual Limited of Old Mutual plc by scheme of arrangement and the listing of Old Mutual Limited on the Johannesburg, Malawi, Namibian and Zimbabwean stock exchanges. Other key partners include senior partner Christo Els and Gareth Driver, who is 'superb' and 'one of the top M&A practitioners in South Africa'. Mark Phillips, Colin du Toit, Johan Brink, Safiyya Patel, Ziyanda Ntshona, capital markets expert Jesse Watson, who is 'versatile and very experienced', and 'outstanding' private equity leader Sally Hutton are all highly rated.

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