Lawyer Profiles


Werksmans enjoys an indisputable reputation for “getting the deal done”. The Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) team of lawyers has been the driving force behind impressive credentials as one of the leading powerhouses in South African commercial law.

Werksmans’ M&A expertise has been honed over decades of experience in corporate and commercial work. The team’s knowledge base evolves continually in step with changing economic and industry cycles, as well as legislative developments in fields such as taxation, competition law, environmental compliance and black economic empowerment.

The lawyers act for clients in a variety of sectors – including mining, retail, telecommunications, banking and insurance.  The team has in-depth experience in both public and private corporate mergers, as well as in private equity and international/cross-border transactions.

Werksmans’ team has represented numerous South African and international clients engaged in takeovers, reverse takeovers, corporate mergers, acquisitions, restructuring, hostile bids, privatisations and empowerment transactions. Since corporate finance and securities laws feature prominently in many corporate transactions, we also advise on new listings/flotations, delistings and issues of shares.

The M&A team also deals with regulatory matters concerning the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), the Securities Regulation Panel and the South African Reserve Bank.

All related areas of law, such as banking and finance, competition, employment, exchange control and tax, are handled in conjunction with the Werksmans specialists in those areas.


Mergers and Acquisitions services include:

    • Takeovers, mergers and acquisitions in both private and public markets
    • Black economic empowerment transactions
    • Due diligence investigations
    • Management/leveraged buyouts
    • Private equity
    • Privatisations
    • Group restructuring and reorganisation
    • Listings/flotations (primary, secondary and inward)
    • Stock exchange compliance and offers to the public
    • Exchange control
    • Corporate finance and structuring

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