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Webber Wentzel

90 RIVONIA ROAD, SANDTON, JOHANNESBURG 2196,, PO BOX 61771, MARSHALLTOWN 2107, SOUTH AFRICA
Tel:
Work +27 11 530 5000
Fax:
Fax +27 11 530 5111
Email:
Web:
www.webberwentzel.com
Cape Town, Johannesburg

Jesse Watson

Tel:
Work +27 (0) 11 530 5000
Email:
Webber Wentzel

Work Department

Corporate /M&A practice

Position

Partner

Career

Jesse specialises in all aspects of cross-border and domestic Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A). His other areas of expertise include corporate finance, equity capital markets and securities regulation law. He has advised on a number of listings on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. He has significant expertise in the consumer and retail sectors.

Education

Certificate in Advanced Securities Law, University of South Africa, 2010
Certificate in Advanced Company Law, University of Witwatersrand, 2009
LLB, University of Cape Town, 2007
Hons in Financial Economics, University of Cape Town, 2005
B.Bus.Sci, University of Cape Town, 2005
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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