Mergers & Acquisitions and Key Client Relationships

  • South African legal adviser to Ivanhoe Mines Limited (listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange) in relation to the establishment of its US$1bn Platreef underground platinum mine being constructed near Mokopane in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. Our legal assistance has included advising on and implementing its US$270m Black Economic Empowerment (“BEE”) transaction, one of the largest BEE transactions in the South African mining sector in recent years, preparing and finalising mine-related construction contracts, assisting with local stakeholder interaction and implementation of various social development initiatives, dispute resolution and general corporate and commercial assistance.

  • South African legal advisor to Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (listed on the Japanese Stock Exchange), a Japanese government institution created to ensure a stable supply of metal and mineral resources for Japan’s use, in relation to the restructuring and incorporation of its US$160m joint venture with Platinum Group Metals Limited for the development and funding of the Waterberg Project (platinum, palladium and gold).

  • South African legal advisor to Rockwell Diamonds Inc (listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange) on corporate, transactional and operational matters arising in the context of its various diamond projects in South Africa and Swaziland. The firm advised Rockwell on its BEE transaction as well as on its recent acquisition of the R200m Remhoogte / Holsloot diamond operation located in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa.

  • Legal advisor to Taurus Gold Limited on its corporate, transactional and operational matters related to its various resources-related projects in West Africa. The firm has assisted with, various of its successful fund raising initiatives as well as, more recently, the various legal matters associated with the development of its gold mine being constructed in Côte d’Ivoire (including its mining convention concluded with the local government).

  • Legal advisor to RTT Group Proprietary Limited in relation its acquisition of a controlling interest in Courier-IT SA Proprietary Limited.

  • Legal advisor to Actom Proprietary Limited in its corporate, transactional and operational matters arising in the context of its substantial electro-mechanical equipment manufacturing, repair and distribution business.

  • Legal advisor to GoodEarth India in relation to establishing its operations in South Africa and acquiring a calcine plant and facilities from Delta EMD Limited.

  • Legal advisor in the business rescue proceedings of various members of the Mintails Group (listed on the Australian Stock Exchange).

  • Legal advisor in the business rescue proceedings of Thata Ubeke Manufacturing (Proprietary) Limited.

  • Legal advisor to South African Shows Messe Frankfurt (Pty) Ltd in relation to the restructure of its South African joint venture arrangements and its staging of the SA Festival of Motoring.

Notable Litigation

  • Representing Ivanhoe Mines Limited in on-going litigation with a private individual over certain historical tax liabilities of approximately R40 million, which matter is the subject of a previous reported judgment.

  • Advising Ivanhoe Mines Limited on an on-going basis in relation to various matters connected with the establishment of its Platreef underground platinum mine. The advice includes advice on community relations, legal challenges by a handful of detractors against licences and permits granted to Ivanhoe, regulatory matters and general commercial litigation.

  • Representing Adcorp Staffing Solutions (Pty) Ltd and Fortress Administration in on-going litigation against one of the major South African construction companies.

  • Representing two minority shareholders in Airports Company South Africa SOC Limited in litigation based on minority oppression by ACSA and its main shareholder, the Government of South Africa.

  • Representing Rockwell Diamonds Inc on an on-going basis in relation to various matters arising from its diamond operations.

  • Advising Actom (Pty) Ltd on an on–going basis in relation to a number of commercial litigation matters, including recovery of outstanding debts.

  • Advising Evraz plc on an on-going basis in relation to certain matters connected with the business rescue of Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium Limited and its subsidiaries.

  • Acting for Grindrod Bank Limited in litigation against the South African Social Security Agency concerning the effect, interpretation and legality of recently promulgated regulations dealing with deductions made from social grants payments in terms of the Social Assistance Act, 2004