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 funds, private equity fund managers, investment firms, banks, financial institutions, corporates and retirement funds.

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

Over 200 years experience Over 600 practitioners 12 offices in 7 countries

Our practitioners bring a wide variety of perspectives and innovative solutions to all transactions, and our ability to deliver efficient services across Africa with impeccable turnaround times adds real value to our clients across jurisdictions.

We also draw on our firm’s experience in industry-specific areas, such as finance, mining, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, retail, telecommunications, infrastructure, logistics and construction.

ENSafrica is recognised by top ranking agencies for achieving consistently high standards when working on the African continent.

As Africa’s largest law firm with over 600 specialist practitioners, ENSafrica has the capacity to deliver on your business requirements across all major industries and the continent. We are able to leverage our resources to suit your pricing preferences and deliver within your timeframes.

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what we offer

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

  • Establishment and structuring of 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 investments by private equity and venture capital funds, including due diligence investigations, tax structuring and regulatory considerations, as well as acquisitions, disposals and other transactional activity of these funds
  • Company law, governance and management incentive issues affecting portfolio companies and private equity firms
  • Advising and structuring exit strategies and the efficient structuring, negotiation and execution of initial public offerings (IPO’s), trade sales and recapitalisations
  • Broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE) (South Africa)
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a notable presence in the PE market
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a growing force in private equity deals
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comprehensive multi-jurisdictional capabilities
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DISINVESTMENT AND REINVESTMENT
Disinvestment by Helios Investment Partners in Continental Outdoor Media Holdings and subsequent reinvestment in the Continental Outdoor Media business.
ACQUISITION OF SHARES
Acquisition of 100% of the total issued share capital of Cargo Compass (South Africa) by RMB Ventures Seven and Business Venture Investments No 1905.
ZAR20-BILLION DEBT RESTRUCTURE
ZAR20-billion highly complex group-wide debt restructure of the Edcon Group.
SHARE SUBSCRIPTION
Subscription by Kleoss Capital for shares representing 30% of Bandag South Africa, a retread tyre manufacturing business.
DISPOSAL
Disposal by Capitalworks of the Much Asphalt business to AECI. This deal won the DealMakers Private Equity Deal of the Year Award in 2018.
ACQUISITION
Acquisition by RMB Ventures and Investec Asset Managers (now called Ninety One) of an interest in Kamoso Africa (Botswana) and partial disposal of that interest to the Botswana Development Corporation.
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.
DISPOSAL OF EQUITY INTEREST
Disposal by La Palmeraie of equity interest in a company owning a hotel building and operations in Mauritius.
EQUITY INVESTMENT
Equity investment by Verod Capital Management in Nigeria and Red Bull GmBH into DTRT Apparel, a registered free zones enterprise in Ghana.
FUND FORMATION
Establishment of Global Capital Fund 5, in the form of an en commandite partnership, by Global Capital.
the team is professional, experienced, efficient, responsive and thinks outside of the box
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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)
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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