Gerhard Johannes

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Director, Head of Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions practice

Location: Johannesburg

Tel: +27 11 535 8107

Fax: +27 11 535 8607



Director Gerhard Johannes is Head of the Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions practice group. He 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 – 2020); and a recommended lawyer in Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions by The Legal500 (2010; 2018 and 2020).

  • 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


  • Mergers & acquisitions
  • BA LLB (Stellenbosch University)
  • Higher Diploma in Company Law (University of the Witwatersrand)
  • Higher Diploma in Tax Law (University of the Witwatersrand)
  • 1999: Director, Werksmans
  • Head of Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions practice area


  • Named as a leading lawyer in Corporate/M&A (2007- 2020) by Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business. 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."  
  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Corporate and M&A by The Legal500 (2010, 2016, 2017-2020).
  • Ranked as a "highly regarded" practitioner for M&A in IFLR1000 (2018).