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Deepa Vallabh

Head of Africa: M&A | Co-Head of Corporate & Commercial

CMS RM Partners
85 Grayston Drive
5th Floor
South Africa
Languages English

Deepa has 20 years' experience in corporate and commercial practice and is the Head of Africa: M&A and Co-Head, Corporate & Commercial.

She specialises in a number of legal areas, including mergers and acquisitions (both domestic and cross-border), corporate reorganisations and restructurings with a particular focus on cross-border M&A into Africa.  

Deepa has experience in a variety of sectors including telecommunications, media and communications, regulatory & compliance, agriculture, manufacturing, consumer products, mining and resources, investments, private equity, insurance, exchange control and pharmaceuticals.

Deepa began her career at Werksmans Attorneys.  In 2003, she was appointed by Clover Industries Limited as the Head of Legal.  In 2005, Deepa joined Webber Wentzel in association with Linklaters where she practised as a partner until 2015. During that time, she was a member of the firm's management board and other management committees.  She joined Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr as a director in 2015 and held the position of Head: Cross Border M&A - Africa and Asia.  Deepa joined CMS RM Partners Inc in 2019 to drive its Africa business.

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Relevant experience

South Africa 

  • Founders Factory Africa (Pty) Ltd - in relation to its incorporation in South Africa and the subscription of shares into it by two of its required investors.
  • South African investment company - in relation to various acquisitions of game farms in South Africa. 
  • Caixa Geral de Depósitos, S.A. - in relation to the disposal of its shares in Mercantile Bank Holdings Ltd, which was subsequently on sold to Capitec Bank for approximately ZAR3.56 billion.
  • One of the largest independent global suppliers of chemical and pigment dispersions – in relation to its acquisition of a portion of the business of two South African based companies in a similar industry.  
  • The management shareholders of Clover Industries Limited - in relation to the reinvestment by the management shareholders in Clover Industries Limited, in connection with the acquisition by the MilCo consortium of the entire issued share capital of Clover Industries Limited, for approximately ZAR4.8 billion.
  • JCDecaux in its acquisition of Continental Outdoor Media.
  • De Beers Consolidated Mines (Pty) Ltd - in the disposal of its processing and related business conducted as a going concern at Kimberley Mines to Ekapa Minerals (Pty) Ltd, a consortium comprising Ekapa Mining (Pty) Ltd and Petra Diamonds Ltd.
  • ArcelorMittal - in relation to its acquisition of the Highveld structural mill from Highveld Structural Mill (Pty) Ltd.
  • Hub Parking Technology (Pty) Ltd - in relation to the internal restructure of its group of companies and in relation to a potential BEE partner transaction.

Cross - border Africa 

  • MultiChoice Africa Holdings B.V. - in relation to the restructuring of operations across 42 jurisdictions in Africa.  The restructure was essential to prime the business for its South African listing and unbundling of Naspers on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. 
  • A multinational cosmetics company - on the establishment of business operations in several jurisdictions in Africa including Lesotho, Swaziland and Botswana. 
  • JCDecaux South Africa Holdings (Pty) Ltd - in relation to its investment into Nigeria.
  • Old Mutual (South Africa) Holdings (Pty) Ltd - in its disposal of its shares in various Latin American Companies to Lily Bermuda Capital Limited, to a value of approximately USD 307 500 000.00.  This transaction closed ion the first quarter of 2019.  This was an essential step for Old Mutual in this managed separation process to delist from the London Stock Exchange and refocus their efforts into Africa. 
  • Tereos Commodities Suisse SA - in respect of the deregistration of two subsidiaries of Tereos (one subsidiary is incorporated in Kenya and the other one is incorporated in South Africa) and also the implementation of the deregistration.
  • MultiChoice Africa Holdings B.V. - with respect to various M&A transactions and commercial arrangements in Angola, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
  • De Beers Société Anonyme - in relation to its minority interest restructuring in Angola.
  • Clover SA (Pty) Ltd - in relation to manufacturing and distributions arrangements in Zambia and Nigeria.
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Memberships & Roles

  • Member, Law Society of the Northern Provinces, South Africa. 
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Lectures list

  • Women As Leaders: Why Inclusion and Diversity is Good for Business | Gordon Institute of Business Science | University of Pretoria | 21 August 2019.
  • Why New and Varied Perspectives Matter in Globalisation | Gordon Institute of Business Science | University of Pretoria | 21 August 2019. 
  • 21st Century legal services in South Africa | LeaderEx | Law & Legal Tech | 3 September 2019 
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  • 2003 - Master of Laws, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • 2000 - Bachelor of Laws, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • 1997 - Bachelor of Science, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
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