ENSafrica’s dedicated private equity team offers a comprehensive range of professional services in relation to all aspects of private equity and venture capital throughout Africa.

Our clients include leading local and international private equity and venture capital houses, private equity fund managers, investment firms, banks, financial institutions, corporates and retirement funds.

We are able to advise on the full spectrum of transactions which private equity participants engage in, because we specialise in the fields of mergers and acquisitions, fund formation, international and local tax, exchange control, finance, securitisation and regulatory compliance.

Our key differentiator is our expertise in these areas, together with our ability to render legal services across Africa, and to draw on our firm’s experience in industry-specific areas, such as finance, mining, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, retail, telecommunications, infrastructure, logistics and construction.

We also have the unique advantage, as part of Africa’s largest law firm, of being able to harness the expertise of more than 600 practitioners throughout the continent. ENSafrica has a significant breadth and depth of experience and specialist expertise that spans all commercial areas of law, tax, forensics and IP.

As such, we regularly partner with specialists across the firm, meaning that we are able to assist with all aspects of all matters across all sectors in all African jurisdictions, ensuring that your legal requirements are handled quickly and seamlessly.

the firm is frequently involved in the biggest deals in the market
— Chambers Global Guide 2018

what we offer

We have extensive experience in all aspects of private equity and venture capital, including:

  • establishing and structuring private equity and venture capital funds
  • advising on investments into private equity and venture capital funds, including tax and exchange control considerations and regulatory approval
  • structuring and advising on investments by private equity and venture capital funds, including due diligence investigations, tax structuring and regulatory considerations, and the acquisition, disposals and other transactional activity of these funds
  • advising on a range of company law, governance and management incentive issues affecting portfolio companies and private equity firms
  • advising on exit strategies and the efficient structuring, negotiation and execution of initial public offerings, trade sales and recapitalisations
  • broad-based black economic empowerment (South Africa)
with credibility across Africa, ENSafrica is praised for its extensive and in-depth knowledge, pragmatic and wide-ranging skills and interactive and consultative approach
— The Legal 500 EMEA Guide 2018
knowledge of our business, understanding of our needs and requirements, and promptness
— IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate Guide 2019
highly professional, competent, access to specialists providing a full range of legal services, responsive, delivers on-time and good commercial sense and insights
— IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate Guide 2019

experiENS

Disposal
Disposal of interest in Much Asphalt by CapitalWorks. This deal won the 2017 DealMakers Private Equity Deal of the Year Award.
Acquisition
Acquisition by Investec Asset Management and RMB Ventures Seven of 72% of shares in Kamoso Distribution which were owned by Standard Chartered Private Equity and Development Capital Partners. This deal was shortlisted for the 2017 Dealmakers Private Equity Deal of the Year Award.
Acquisition
Acquisition of a minority stake in Acorn Agri and an independent investment company by African Rainbow Capital.
Due diligence
Due diligence for Apis Partners LLP in relation to its investment in Greenlight Planet and its African subsidiaries, which are incorporated in Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda.
Acquisition
Acquisition by Futuregrowth Asset Management of a non-controlling stake in Retail Capital.
Establishment
Establishment by Investec of its Khulusande Fund 2 and subsequent investments.
Acquisition
Acquisition by Medu Capital of the majority of shares in Leopard Transport.
Disinvestment
Disinvestment by Helios Investment Partners in Continental Outdoor Media Holdings and subsequent reinvestment in the Continental Outdoor Media business.
Establishment
Establishment by African Rainbow Capital and a group of prominent miners of the Last Mile Fund, a private equity fund providing last mile funding to mining companies, and its first equity investment via preference shares into Mooiplaats Mining.
Acquisition
Acquisition by RMB Ventures Seven of 35% of the entire issued share capital of Gemelli, a South African clothing and accessory manufacturer and supplier, subject to an internal restructuring.
large group with a deep bench of experienced practitioners and an excellent reputation
— Chambers Global Guide 2018

contact

Ian Hayes

executive
ihayes@ENSafrica.com

Koos Pretorius

executive
kpretorius@ENSafrica.com

Lydia Shadrach-Razzino

executive
lshadrachrazzino@ENSafrica.com

expertise

expertise

African regulatory and business intelligence
agribusiness
Asia
aviation
banking and finance
Broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE)
competition/antitrust
corporate commercial
dispute resolution
employment
environment
fiduciary
fintech
forensics
immigration
India
insolvency, business rescue and debt recovery
insurance
intellectual property (IP)
intelligENS
mine and occupational health and safety
mining
private clients
private equity
pro bono and corporate social investment
project development and project finance
real estate / property
shipping, ports and logistics
tax
technology, media and telecommunications