Elliott Wood

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Director, Head of Private Equity and Sports & Entertainment practice

Location: Johannesburg

Tel: +27 11 535 8303

Fax: +27 11 535 8603

Email: ewood@werksmans.com


Elliott Wood is a Director advising across the Banking & Finance and Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions practice areas. He specialises in banking and finance matters (including acquisition and leveraged finance; aviation finance; and corporate finance); mergers & acquisitions; private equity; structured finance; syndicated and bilateral financing structures; international transactions; acquisitions and management/leveraged buy-outs; and restructuring of corporate entities. Elliott is named as a recommended lawyer in Banking and Finance by The Legal500 (2014-2019) and has served on the Werksmans Executive Committee.

  • Banking & Finance
  • Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Investment Funds & Private Equity
  • Sport & Entertainment
  • Banking & Finance (including acquisition and leverage finance, aviation finance, corporate finance)
  • M&A
  • Private equity
  • Structured finance
  • Syndicated and bilateral financing structures
  • International transactions
  • Acquisitions and management/leverage buy-outs
  • Restructuring of corporate entities


  • Various expansions of capital facilities;
  • Provisions of debenture facilities
  • Listings;
  • Issuance of shares and convertible bonds;
  • Various transactions, both acquisitions and disposals;
  • Capital raising – both debt and equity
  • BCom LLB (University of the Witwatersrand)
  • Higher Diploma in Company Law (cum laude) (University of the Witwatersrand)
  • Certificate in Sports Law (cum laude) (Rand Afrikaans University)
  • Certificate in Financial Markets and Banking Law (University of the Witwatersrand)
  • Aviation Finance Course (Frankfurt 2013)
  • 2006: Director, Werksmans


  • Recommended for acquisition and leveraged finance in Legal 500 rankings for 2015 and described as "a safe pair of hands";
  • Singled out for particular praise in Legal 500 for 2014 - 2016
  • Served on EXCO at Werksmans;
  • Served on the PSC (hiring committee at Werksmans);
  • Lectured on occasion at both Rand Afrikaans University and Pretoria University as part of their Sports Law Courses;
  • Updated and revised certain chapters of Butterworths' Forms and Precedents;
  • Author of the chapter "Corporate Governance in Sport" in the book "Introduction to Sports Law in South Africa" edited by R Cloete, Butterworths, 2005;
  • Identified as a "rising star" in Banking and M&A by IFLR1000 2018.
  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Banking and Finance by Legal500 (2014-2019)
  • Ranked as a leading Lawyer in Corporate/M&A  (2020) by Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers