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Gerhard Johannes

Director

Location: Stellenbosch

Tel: +27 21 809 6165

Fax: +27 11 535 8607

Email: gjohannes@werksmans.com

ABOUT

Gerhard Johannes is a Director in the Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions practice area. Gerhard specialises in corporate finance; public offerings and private placements; black economic empowerment transactions; international transactions; exchange control; leveraged and acquisition finance; leveraged and management buy-outs; listings/flotations; private equity; project and limited recourse finance; and mergers & acquisitions.

Gerhard is named as a leading lawyer in Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions by Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2007 – 2023); and a recommended lawyer in Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions by The Legal500 (2010; 2016 – 2023)

Years of Experience: 35 years

  • Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Corporate finance
  • Public offerings and private placements
  • Black economic empowerment transactions
  • International transactions
  • Exchange control
  • Leveraged and acquisition finance
  • Leveraged and management buy-outs
  • Listings/flotations
  • Private equity
  • Project and limited recourse finance

 

  • Advised Strawinsky Properties B.V. and Isisthmar World Private Joint Stock Company on its acquisition of the V&A Waterfront.
  • Advised Strawinsky Properties B.V. and Isisthmar World Private Joint Stock Company on the sale of the V&A Waterfront to Growthpoint Properties Limited and the Government Employees Pension Fund.
  • Advised Eqstra Holdings Limited in respect of the disposal of its fleet management and logistics division to enX Group Limited.
  • Advised Bidvest Bakery Solutions (Pty) Ltd and Bidcorp Food Africa (Pty) Ltd in the establishment of a joint venture with Puratos Group N.V.
  • Advised IQ Business (Pty) Ltd in the acquisition of all the shares in ITQ Business Solutions (Pty) Ltd.
  • Advised Long4Life Limited on its takeover by Old Mutual Private Equity Fund V.
  • Advised Ci Collective Investments (RF) (Pty) Ltd in subscribing for shares in Gaia Fund I Limited, a fund listed on the 4 Africa Exchange.
  • Advised Berkshire Partners LLC on its indirect acquisition of Teraco Data Environments (Pty) Ltd.
  • Advised Drive Control Corporation (Pty) Ltd on the disposal of its business to DCC Technologies (Pty) Ltd.
  • Advised Beijer South Africa (Pty) Ltd and Beijer Ref AB on its acquisition of the business of Tecsa (Pty) Ltd.
  • Advised The Bidvest Group Limited in respect of its acquisition of Brandcorp Holdings (Pty) Ltd.
  • Advised ArcelorMittal South Africa Limited in respect of the acquisition of certain assets and liabilities from Sishen Iron Ore Company (Pty) Ltd.
  • Assisted The South African Investment Partnership III and Capitalworks Fund II SPV Partnership in acquiring an equity interest in IQ Group Holdings (Pty) Ltd.
  • Advised Capitalworks Private Equity Partnership II and Capitalworks Private Equity Fund II L.P. in acquiring a 74.5% equity interest in Robertson and Caine (Pty) Ltd.
  • Advised The Bidvest Group Limited in its acquisition of Plumblik SA (Pty) Ltd.
  • Advised Capitalworks Private Equity Partnership II and Capitalworks Private Equity Fund II L.P. in respect of its disposal of its equity interest in Robertson and Caine (Pty) Ltd.
  • Advised Capitalworks Fund II SPV Partnership and The South African Investment Partnership III in respect of the disposal of its equity interest in IQ Business (Pty) Ltd to Reunert ICT Holdings (Pty) Ltd.
  • Advised Bidvest Commercial Products (Pty) Ltd on numerous acquisitions.
  • Advised Kerry Ingredients South Africa (Pty) Ltd on various acquisition.
  • Admitted as an Attorney, 1988
  • LLB, University of Stellenbosch, 1983
  • BA, University of Stellenbosch, 1981
  • Higher Diploma in Company Law
  • Higher Diploma in Tax Law

 

  • Ranked by Chambers Global | Band 3 | Corporate/M&A |  2007 – 2024
    • He receives strong praise for his focus on the needs of the client. One source also noted that "his work product is consistently good," while emphasising that "he has a good sense of when things are urgent and when they aren't."
  • Ranked as a highly regarded practitioner by IFLR 1000 | M&A | 2018 and 2023
  • Ranked as a recommended practitioner by The Legal 500 | Corporate M&A | 2010, 2016 – 2023
  • Ranked a recommended lawyer in M&A  Africa - Private Practice Powerlist (2024), by The Legal 500