Njabulo Hlophe

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Senior Associate

Location: Johannesburg

Tel: +27 11 535 8498

Fax: +27 11 535 8598

Email: nhlophe@werksmans.com


Njabulo Hlophe is a Senior Associate in the Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions practice area. His experience includes advising private equity funds, private companies and public companies in a wide range of commercial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, carve-outs, leveraged buyouts, corporate group restructures, broad-based black economic empowerment transactions as well as general corporate governance matters. Njabulo participated in the distinguished African Legal Fellows Program and practised as an Associate at Kirkland & Ellis in New York for a year.

  • Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Mergers and acquisitions;
  • Carve-outs;
  • Leveraged buyouts;
  • Corporate group restructures;
  • Broad-based black economic empowerment transactions; and 
  • General corporate governance matters.
  • Advising Glencore Energy UK Limited regarding its acquisition of equity and debt interests in Chevron South Africa Proprietary Limited and Chevron Botswana Proprietary Limited.
  • Advising Sorbet Proprietary Limited regarding the disposal of its issued share capital to Long4Life Proprietary Limited.
  • Advising Steyn City Properties Proprietary Limited regarding all its construction/development related agreements and its publicprivate partnerships.
  • Advising The Land & Agricultural Development Bank of South Africa regarding various corporate governance issues.
  • Advising The Clearwater GP Partnership regarding the conversion of its investment fund from an en commandite partnership into a private company.
  • Advising Corruseal Group Proprietary Limited regarding the implementation of its phantom share scheme.
  • Advising Basil Read Holdings Limited regarding the refinancing of its corporate debt facilities.
  • Advising Trafalgar Property Management Proprietary Limited regarding the corporate restructuring of the Trafalgar group.
  • Advising Access World (South Africa) Proprietary Limited in a project financing transaction in relation to the construction/development of loading port facilities.
  • Advising Diversey South Africa Proprietary Limited regarding broad-based-black economic empowerment and the constitution of its Employee Share Ownership Plan.


  • LLB (with distinction) (University of the Witwatersrand)
  • Advanced Company Law I (University of the Witwatersrand - Nelson Mandela Institute)
  • Advanced Company Law II (University of the Witwatersrand - Nelson Mandela Institute)
  • 2014: Candidate Attorney, Werksmans
  • 2016: Associate, Werksmans
  • 2018 (March - September): Senior Associate, Werksmans
  • 2018/2019 (September 2018 - September 2019): Foreign Associate, Kirkland & Ellis (New York)
  • 2019: Senior Associate, Werksmans
  • African Legal Fellow, The Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice, 2018.
  • Panelist, “African Legal Fellows: Legal Landscape in Africa,” Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP (New York, December 2018).
  • Panelist, “A Conversation with the Vance Center Africa/Power Africa Legal Fellows: Legal landscape, energy sector and opportunities in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa," Linklaters LLP (New York, February 2019).
  • Panelist, “A Conversation with the Vance Center Africa Legal Fellows: The Power Africa Initiative,” Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP (New York, March 2019)
  • Regularly conducts training to board members in South Africa regarding good corporate governance practices, rights and fiduciary duties of directors, minority protections/specially protected matters and broad-based-black economic empowerment structures.
  • Member, Golden Key International Honour Society.
  • Awarded Nadine Mann Memorial Prize (Wits) for the most distinguished student in the Practical Legal Studies course, and noted for his contribution to the Wits Law Clinic.