Ze’ev Blieden

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Location: Johannesburg

Tel: +27 11 535 8471

Fax: +27 11 535 8671

Email: zblieden@werksmans.com


Director Ze’ev Blieden provides expert legal advice in the Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions practice area. He specialises in corporate finance and structuring; international transactions; listings/flotations; leveraged and managed buy-outs; securities law; and public offerings and private placement. Ze’ev also advises in matters related to private equity; black economic empowerment transactions; and distressed company transactions and restructuring.

  • Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Mining
  • 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


  • BA LLB (with distinction) (University of the Witwatersrand)
  • Certificate in Advanced Company Law I and II (University of the Witwatersrand)
  • 2016:  Director, Werksmans


  • 2015
    • Represented all the South African banks and the PIC, as new investors, in the restructuring of African Bank
    • Represented Edcon in its debt restructuring, including the 2019 note exchange offer
  • 2014
    • Acted for the consortium of empowerment parties (led by Brimstone) in Grinrod's black economic empowerment transaction and capital raising
    • Acted for AngloGold Ashanti in a vendor driven process to sell their Namibian operations, with an eventual sale to QKR Corporation
  • 2013
    • Acted for Goldfields in the unbundling by Goldfields of various of its South African assets into, and the listing of, Sibanye Gold
  • 2012
    • Acted for AngloGold Ashanti in relation to the acquisition of First Uranium's South African assets
    • Acted for the Public Investment Corporation in relation to the reorganisation of AfriSam
  • 2011/2010
    • Acted for Brimstone Investment Corporation in relation to the unbundling of their interest in Life Healthcare, the listing of Life Healthcare and the separate listing of Health Strategic Investments
    • The demerger of Liberty International into Capital & Counties and Capital Shopping Centres
    • Liberty International rights offer
    • Pallinghurst placement and claw back offer