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David Gewer


Location: Johannesburg

Tel: +27 11 535 8142

Fax: +27 11 535 8642



David Gewer is a director and advises in the Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions and Mining & Resources practice areas. He specialises in corporate finance and structuring; international transactions; listings/flotations; leveraged and management buy-outs; securities law; public offerings and private placements; private equity; black economic empowerment transactions; and distressed company transactions and restructuring. David is named as a leading lawyer in Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions by Chambers Global (2017-2021), receiving particularly high praise from sources throughout the market. Clients agree that “his attention to detail stands out – he is very thorough and conscientious.”

Years of Experience: 26 years

  • Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Mining & Resources
  • Corporate finance and structuring
  • International transactions
  • Listings/flotations
  • Leveraged and management buy-outs
  • Securities law
  • Public offerings and private placements
  • Private equity
  • Black economic empowerment transactions
  • Distressed company transactions and restructuring


  • 1992- BCom LLB (cum laude) (University of the Witwatersrand)
  • 1995- LLB (cum laude), University of the Witwatersrand
  • 1998-Admitted as an Attorney
  • 2008: Director, Werksmans


  • Ranked practitioner by Chambers Global | Band 4 | Corporate/M&A (South Africa) | 2017 - 2022, 2024
  • Ranked as a leading practitioner by Legal 500 | Commercial, Corporate and M&A | 2015 – 2022
  • Ranked as a highly regarded practitioner by IFLR 1000 | M&A | 2015 – 2022
  • Served as a director of the Turnaround Management Association of South Africa
  • Lectured courses on 'Managing a Turnaround' at Wits Business School
  • Authored or co-authored Chapters on Corporate Law issues in various publications and books

What the market has to say

Chambers Global

  • “received particularly high praise from sources throughout the market. Clients agree that "his attention to detail stands out - he is very thorough and conscientious""
  • "solution driven" and "excellent"
  • "top-notch service combined with tireless work ethic"
  • "an experienced corporate lawyer"
  • "has considerable experience advising on transactions in a range of contexts, including inbound and cross-border investments, as well as distressed M&A"

Legal 500

  • "who is smart, thorough and very responsive"
  • “a dedicated professional” who “applies commerciality to his advice and has the client’s interests at heart"
  • "a pragmatic senior practitioner"
  • "a big name dealmaker"
  • "exemplary legal knowledge" and "a client centric approach to all engagements"
  • "very knowledgeable and experienced" and "willing to go the extra mile"
  • a "key name in mining M&A"


  • "excellent, very insightful, pragmatic and results driven"
  • "great problem solver"
  • "innovative and thinks outside the box, he is flexible and excellent in M&A work and corporate action at listed company level"