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Global Guide 2023

Ranked in 2 Practice Areas
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Corporate/M&A
17 Years Ranked

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Provided by Christo Els

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Practice Areas

Christo specialises in mergers and acquisitions (M&A), corporate finance, equity capital markets and securities regulation law. He has advised on a number of large, transformational and cross-border transactions in Sub-Saharan Africa. His matters include advising on the African aspects of AB InBev's take-over of SABMiller; Woolworths' ZAR 23 billion takeover of David Jones in Australia; Mercer Africa's acquisition of a 34% interest in the Alexander Forbes Group; Walmart's purchase of a majority stake in Massmart; Vodafone's acquisition of a majority interest in Vodacom; and Gutsche Family Investments on the creation of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa. Other complex deals include advising Al Noor Hospitals Group Plc on the combination of Al Noor and Mediclinic International Ltd; Oceana Group on the acquisition of Daybrook Fisheries in the USA; Tsogo Sun in respect of the ZAR 11 billion disposal by SABMiller plc of its 39.6% stake in Tsogo Sun; and the Industrial & Commercial Bank of China in respect of its ZAR 37 billion acquisition of 20% of Standard Bank. He has advised on a number of listings on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, including the listings of AB InBev (ZAR 3 trillion secondary inward listing), Ethos Capital, Life Healthcare, Mondi, Mpact and Vodacom Group.

Career

Christo's qualifications include:

Programme in Leading Professional Service Firms, Harvard Business School, 2008

LLM (Tax) (cum laude), University of South Africa, 2001

LLB (magna cum laude), University of Pretoria, 1995

BLC (cum laude), University of Pretoria, 1993

Admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa

Work Highlights

Named by Best Lawyers 2008 - 2023 as a leading individual; Lawyer of the Year for Mergers and Acquisitions Law 2023

Named by Legal 500 2014 - 2022 as a leading individual and included in their Hall of Fame

Named by Chambers Global 2009 - 2022 as a ranked lawyer

Named by IFLR1000 2010 - 2022 as a leading lawyer

Named by Who's Who Legal 2010 - 2017 as a listed lawyer (M&A & Corporate Governance)

Named by DealMakers Magazine as Joint Dealmaker of the Year, 2011 with five further nominations between 2010-2015

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Capital Markets: Equity - South Africa
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Eminent Practitioners

Christo Els is an exceptionally well-regarded corporate lawyer with significant experience across both the equity market and M&A. In the capital markets field, he has been involved in numerous capital raisings, including private placements and bookbuilding, as well as notable IPO mandates.


Corporate/M&A - South Africa
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Eminent Practitioners

Christo Els maintains an outstanding reputation for his work as lead M&A counsel, acting for major clients in the retail, telecoms and banking sectors. His wealth of experience also extends to IPOs, high-value listings and other corporate endeavours. He continues to advise his clients in addition to his responsibilities as the firm's senior partner.

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