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Corporate/M&A

South Africa

Whether your corporate strategy is to expand your global or domestic business operations or to diversify into new sectors and markets, to exit investments or to divest of non-core activities, to raise funds or to list on various exchanges, our experts offer you a solution-based approach of legal and commercial advice.  

We believe in partnering with our client’s to understand their unique business needs and provide bespoke services both in South Africa and globally.  In particular, our Africa-focused team can assist you in all aspects of corporate law and transactions across Africa, supported by an international team of more than 1,000 corporate lawyers in over 73 offices worldwide, including Kenya, Angola, Morocco and Algeria.  In countries in which we do not have a physical presence, we develop and maintain synergies with local counsel across Africa to assist with your cross-border opportunities.

We advise on M&A, private equity, equity capital markets, joint ventures and corporate advisory issues for multinationals, local market participants, large corporations and SMEs in a variety of sectors.  Our diverse team is well placed to partner with you in achieving your complex commercial objectives.

Our approach

We work towards understanding our client’s business operations in order to tailor our services as required.  If an issue is relevant to the transaction or commercial work or our client we partner with our clients to resolve it.  

We appreciate the time sensitive nature of our client’s needs and provide effective and efficient solutions for the corporate and commercial aspects of our client’s business both in terms of general requirements and specific corporate opportunities being explored.  

Our integrated corporate and commercial team is fully equipped and able to progress your commercial objectives and advise on a variety of issues including: 

  • Black Economic Empowerment 
  • business trusts 
  • capital markets 
  • conducting legal due diligence investigations 
  • corporate governance 
  • corporate restructuring 
  • equity capital markets 
  • establishment of business entities 
  • exchange control 
  • general corporate and commercial issues 
  • investment funds 
  • mergers and acquisitions 
  • private equity 
  • take-overs 
  • transaction structuring
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7 October 2019
CMS ex­pands in Africa
Frank­furt, 7 Oc­to­ber 2019. CMS an­nounces that RM Part­ners and Daly & In­am­dar Ad­voc­ates, based in South Africa and Kenya re­spect­ively, have today joined the lead­ing glob­al law firm. Go­ing for­ward, they will be known as CMS RM Part­ners and CMS Daly In­am­dar Ad­voc­ates.The ad­di­tion of these firms con­sid­er­ably strengthens CMS’s pres­ence in Africa, already en­com­passing An­gola, Al­ger­ia and Mo­rocco. For over 50 years, CMS has de­veloped a track re­cord of sig­ni­fic­ant deals in Africa, show­cas­ing its deep know­ledge of the leg­al sys­tems across the con­tin­ent. CMS now has 75 of­fices in 43 coun­tries and more than 4,800 law­yers world­wide.Duncan We­st­on, Ex­ec­ut­ive Part­ner, CMS said, “Our cli­ents see Africa as a ma­jor growth op­por­tun­ity, and many are look­ing to ex­pand in­to key mar­kets on the con­tin­ent. South Africa and Kenya are both siz­able eco­nom­ies, but they’re also gate­ways in­to oth­er sub-Saha­ran mar­kets. RM Part­ners and Daly & In­am­dar Ad­voc­ates have out­stand­ing repu­ta­tions thanks to their loc­al mar­ket know­ledge and the over­all qual­ity of ser­vice they provide to cli­ents.” With this ex­pan­sion, CMS is un­veil­ing a ded­ic­ated or­gan­isa­tion that brings to­geth­er our Afric­an firms and ex­perts in a unique mod­el and aligned prac­tices to provide our cli­ents with the best sup­port in Africa. CMS Africa has a pres­ence in the most dy­nam­ic re­gion­al hubs – Cas­ab­lanca, Jo­han­nes­burg and Nairobi – provid­ing us with a strong foot­print, sus­tained by of­fices in Al­gi­ers, Lu­anda and Mom­basa. CMS Africa of­fers the ideal al­tern­at­ive for tax and leg­al ser­vices in Africa, a po­s­i­tion that is be­ing re­in­forced through the ad­di­tion of the new firms.CMS RM Part­nersCMS RM Part­ners spe­cial­ises in provid­ing prac­tic­al and in­nov­at­ive leg­al, tax and trans­ac­tion ad­vis­ory ser­vices. It is com­mit­ted to de­vel­op­ing young Afric­an tal­ent and is ac­cred­ited as a Black Eco­nom­ic Em­power­ment (BEE) Level 1 law firm. Foun­ded by seni­or law­yers with ex­cep­tion­al track re­cords from top in­ter­na­tion­al and loc­al firms, the firm is based in Jo­han­nes­burg and com­prises more than 20 law­yers. Its cli­ents in­clude loc­al private and pub­lic in­sti­tu­tions, lis­ted com­pan­ies and nu­mer­ous glob­al en­ter­prises.Riza Moosa, Founder and Dir­ect­or at CMS RM Part­ners, said, “We are on a jour­ney to trans­form and mod­ern­ise the South Afric­an leg­al mar­ket, but we also re­cog­nise the im­port­ance of an Afric­an and in­ter­na­tion­al foot­print. Join­ing CMS is the right step for our firm be­cause they re­cog­nise the im­port­ance of grow­ing an Afric­an busi­ness from Africa, and have a clear, re­gion­ally-fo­cused growth plan for Africa which aligns with our own strategies.”CMS Daly In­am­dar Ad­voc­atesCMS Daly In­am­dar Ad­voc­ates is one of the top-rank­ing law firms in Kenya. It was formed via the mer­ger of two of Kenya’s old­est law firms and com­prises more than 35 law­yers work­ing out of of­fices in Nairobi and Mom­basa. The firm’s part­ners have handled nu­mer­ous ground-break­ing com­mer­cial trans­ac­tions and con­ten­tious civil dis­putes.Ham­ish Keith, Seni­or and Man­aging Part­ner at CMS Daly In­am­dar Ad­voc­ates, said, “Kenya is East and Cent­ral Africa’s epi­centre of tech in­nov­a­tion and its eco­nom­ic ex­pan­sion has been sup­por­ted by a gov­ern­ment that is com­mit­ted to im­ple­ment­ing busi­ness re­forms. Our de­cision to join CMS fol­lows a peri­od of close col­lab­or­a­tion on cli­ent work and a shared com­mit­ment to ser­vice. This will only deep­en as Kenya be­comes in­creas­ingly at­tract­ive as a des­tin­a­tion for for­eign in­vest­ment.”Pierre-Sé­bas­tien Thill, Chair­man, CMS, said, “This is an ex­cit­ing time in the de­vel­op­ment of CMS. Our cli­ents have a glob­al mind­set, and when they come to CMS, they need to know that they can ac­cess qual­ity ad­vice and ser­vice de­liv­ery in every ma­jor jur­is­dic­tion. One of our primary ob­ject­ives for the next four years is to fur­ther grow our geo­graph­ic­al reach. This is a sig­ni­fic­ant ex­pan­sion in our jour­ney to be­com­ing a genu­inely glob­al law firm.”
June 2020
CMS Cor­por­ate / M&A Glob­al Bro­chure
A glob­al lead­er in Cor­por­ate / M&AWe ad­vise some of the world’s lead­ing com­pan­ies on mer­gers & ac­quis­i­tions, of­ten in chal­len­ging and cross-bor­der situ­ations. With more than 1,000 law­yers of­fer­ing best-in-class leg­al ex­pert­ise across 41 jur­is­dic­tions, we de­liv­er a seam­less cli­ent ex­per­i­ence and in­vari­ably re­ceive top rank­ings from in­dustry com­ment­at­ors in­clud­ing Bloomberg, Mer­ger­mar­ket and Thom­son Re­u­ters.

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