At Werksmans, our Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) lawyers have long been the driving force behind our impressive credentials as one of the leading powerhouses in South African commercial law. We’re the firm known for ‘getting the deal done’ and we’re able to do so because our M&A expertise has been honed over decades of experience in corporate and commercial work. Our lawyers act for clients in a variety of sectors – including mining, retail, telecommunications, banking and insurance. The team has in-depth experience in both public and private corporate mergers, as well as private equity and international/cross-border transactions. Our M&A lawyers boast an ever-evolving knowledge base that remains in step with changing economic and industry cycles, as well as legislative developments in fields such as taxation, competition law, environmental compliance and black economic empowerment.


Our team has represented numerous South African and international clients engaged in takeovers, reverse takeovers, corporate mergers, acquisitions, restructuring, hostile bids, privatisations and empowerment transactions. Since corporate finance and securities laws feature prominently in many corporate transactions, we also advise on new listings/flotations, delistings and issues of shares. Our M&A lawyers also deal with regulatory matters concerning the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), the Securities Regulation Panel and the South African Reserve Bank. All related areas of law, such as banking and finance, competition, employment, exchange control and tax, are handled in conjunction with our specialists in those areas.

Our services include takeovers, mergers and acquisitions in both private and public markets, BEE transactions and due diligence investigations. We also have expert knowledge in matters of management/leveraged buyouts, private equity, privatisations, group restructuring and reorganisation, listings/flotations (primary, secondary and inward), stock exchange compliance and offers to the public, exchange control, and corporate finance and structuring.

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