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Corporate/M&A

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

Mining; Telecommunications, Media & Technology; healthcare; leisure; and financial services are amongst the team's primary sector strengths, along with further growth in private equity deals

Legal 500 | South Africa |Corporate and M&A | 2021

Diverse commercial experience

Legal 500 | South Africa | 2021

CMS South Africa has made a significant impact on the market since its launch in 2018.

Legal 500 | South Africa | Corporate and M&A | 2021

Authors

Portrait of Deepa Vallabh
Deepa Vallabh
Partner
Johannesburg
Portrait of Yushanta Rungasammy
Yushanta Rungasammy
Partner
Johannesburg
09/11/2021
Cau­tion­ary tales of con­tra­ven­ing the Fin­an­cial Mar­kets Act
The reg­u­lat­or pun­ished Vice­roy severely but found ex­ten­u­at­ing factors at Stein­hoff and Tongaat  In Septem­ber the Fin­an­cial Sec­tor Con­duct Au­thor­ity (FSCA) is­sued an en­force­ment ac­tion or­der against...
12/10/2021
Jo­han­nes­burg Stock Ex­change:
In­tro­duc­tion The South Afric­an Fin­an­cial Sec­tor Con­duct Au­thor­ity pub­lished on 23 Septem­ber 2021 for pub­lic com­ment a pro­posed amend­ment by the Jo­han­nes­burg Stock Ex­change (JSE) of its list­ing rules...
17/08/2021
The Power of Wo­men in Min­ing/En­ergy
Four things the gov­ern­ment can do to in­crease min­ing's GDP con­tri­bu­tion in 2021The cur­rent col­lab­or­at­ive re­la­tion­ship between the min­ing in­dustry and the South Afric­an gov­ern­ment can be en­hanced to pro­mote...

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01/07/2022
One year in­to POPIA - tak­ing stock
1 Ju­ly 2022 marks the one-year an­niversary of the Pro­tec­tion of Per­son­al In­form­a­tion Act No 4 of 2013 (“POPIA”) com­pli­ance dead­line for all or­gan­isa­tions, as provided by the gov­ern­ment of South Africa...
07/06/2022
To NFT Or Not To NFT? That Is The Ques­tion!
Crypto as­sets have re­volu­tion­ised the FinTech mar­ket due to the cryp­to­graphy tech­no­logy of block­chain. Crypto­cur­ren­cies are be­com­ing more main­stream and a word known by many fin­an­cial buffs. However...
01/06/2022
CMS Next
What’s next? In a world of ever-ac­cel­er­at­ing change, stay­ing ahead of the curve and know­ing what’s next for your busi­ness or sec­tor is es­sen­tial.At CMS, we see ourselves not only as your leg­al ad­visers but also as your busi­ness part­ners. We work to­geth­er with you to not only re­solve cur­rent is­sues but to an­ti­cip­ate fu­ture chal­lenges and in­nov­ate to meet them.With our latest pub­lic­a­tion, CMS Next, our ex­perts will reg­u­larly of­fer you in­sights in­to and fresh per­spect­ives on a range of is­sues that busi­nesses have to deal with – from ESG agen­das to re­struc­tur­ing after the pan­dem­ic or fa­cing the di­git­al trans­form­a­tion. We will also share with you more about the work that we are do­ing for our cli­ents, help­ing them in­nov­ate, grow and mit­ig­ate risk.To be able to provide you with the best sup­port, we im­merse ourselves in your world to un­der­stand your leg­al needs and chal­lenges. However, it is equally im­port­ant that you know who we are and how we can work with you. So, we in­vite you to meet our ex­perts and catch a glimpse of what is hap­pen­ing in­side CMS.En­joy read­ing this pub­lic­a­tion, which we will up­date reg­u­larly with new con­tent.CMS Ex­ec­ut­ive Team
24/05/2022
In­sight in­to the Telkom lit­ig­a­tion on Spec­trum Li­censes
Tele­com­mu­nic­a­tions op­er­at­ors waited over 17 years for the tele­coms reg­u­lat­or, the In­de­pend­ent Com­mu­nic­a­tions Au­thor­ity of South Africa (ICASA) to re­lease spec­trum li­cences needed to lower data costs for...
12/05/2022
Cross-Bor­der Joint Ven­ture and Stra­tegic Al­li­ance Guide (South Africa)
A Prac­tic­al Guid­ance® Prac­tice Note by Deepa Vallabh, and Vivi­an Spies, CMS RM Part­ner­sThis Cross-Bor­der Joint Ven­ture and Stra­tegic Al­li­ance Guide (South Africa) dis­cusses rel­ev­ant law and prac­tice...
19/04/2022
Crim­in­al­ising gender-based vi­ol­ence is not enough
Every day, so­cioeco­nom­ic chal­lenges such as poverty, in­equal­ity, crime and vi­ol­ence have dev­ast­at­ing ef­fects on our so­ci­ety, both eco­nom­ic­ally and on the qual­ity of life and dig­nity af­forded to those...
17/02/2022
4 Cov­id-19-driv­en trends shap­ing the fu­ture of min­ing
The past two years have spelt a tu­mul­tu­ous time for the glob­al min­ing in­dustry as a res­ult of high levels of dis­rup­tion and un­cer­tainty in­tro­duced by the Cov­id-19 pan­dem­ic. Ef­forts to over­come these chal­lenges...
09/11/2021
Cau­tion­ary tales of con­tra­ven­ing the Fin­an­cial Mar­kets Act
The reg­u­lat­or pun­ished Vice­roy severely but found ex­ten­u­at­ing factors at Stein­hoff and Tongaat  In Septem­ber the Fin­an­cial Sec­tor Con­duct Au­thor­ity (FSCA) is­sued an en­force­ment ac­tion or­der against...
26/10/2021
How to ef­fect­ively ap­ply our con­sti­tu­tion in the midst of a pan­dem­ic
The is­sue of vac­cin­a­tion could bring the coun­try’s su­preme leg­al doc­u­ment in­to fre­quent play South Afric­ans are jus­ti­fi­ably proud of our con­sti­tu­tion. Since its pro­mul­ga­tion in 1996 the coun­try’s...
12/10/2021
Leg­al guide for com­pany dir­ect­ors and CEOs in South Africa
ESG ob­lig­a­tion for Dir­ect­ors and CEOs 1. Do ex­ist­ing dir­ect­ors’ du­ties con­tain ob­lig­a­tions that ap­ply to mat­ters that could be cat­egor­ised as an ESG con­sid­er­a­tion, e.g. the en­vir­on­ment, em­ploy­ee...
17/08/2021
The Power of Wo­men in Min­ing/En­ergy
Four things the gov­ern­ment can do to in­crease min­ing's GDP con­tri­bu­tion in 2021The cur­rent col­lab­or­at­ive re­la­tion­ship between the min­ing in­dustry and the South Afric­an gov­ern­ment can be en­hanced to pro­mote...
10/08/2021
Will the new GBV bills bring SA a step closer to end­ing the scourge?
The real test is in car­ry­ing out the en­force­ment pro­vi­sions con­tained with­in the bills, and en­for­cing them prop­erly re­quires a mo­nu­ment­al shift in poli­cing. But just how much of a dif­fer­ence will the...