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Mergers and acquisitions: A compass for finding your way in the M&A legal terrain


Amid the uncertainty and market dislocation of the COVID-19 pandemic, there may be a number of opportunities for mergers and acquisitions (M&As) to play out in the near future.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown measures adopted by many countries halted many prospective M&As, as companies concentrate on sustaining their businesses during these unprecedented times. M&As involving privately-held companies entail a number of key legal, business, human resources, intellectual property, and financial issues. In order to successfully navigate the sale, acquisition or merger of a company, and to advise clients, all legal professionals - whether in practice or corporate counsel - must understand the dynamics and issues that frequently arise in the legal landscape when dealing with M&As.

Join us for a sixteen-hour webinar course, held over eight days, which will offer an in-depth guide for lawyers on M&As.


This webinar has been postponed until further notice.

Who will benefit from this course?

In-house counsel, corporate lawyers, compliance officers, business owners, executives, directors, change managers, and board committee members.


Etienne Swanepoel has a BA LLB and an LLM (Tax) (all from UCT). He was a partner at Webber Wentzel until September 2015 when he resigned to pursue own practise. He is a corporate and M&A lawyer. Etienne wrote a column "Under the Microscope" on corporate finance and related issues for many years in Business Report, then the largest business daily newspaper in South Africa. Etienne has worked on a number of signature transactions. Some of these have been the demutualisation/listing of Sanlam, the unbundling of Safren at the end of the 1990's; the aborted Pechiney aluminium smelter at the Coega IDZ (which at the time in the mid-2000's would have been the single largest investment in SA at some USD 2.2 billion); the aborted Engen/Sasol merger in the late-2000's (at the time reportedly the largest corporate transactions in SA but soon thereafter bested by Barclays acquiring ABSA); subsequent attempts to dispose of Engen, the business rescue of Southgold Exploration (involving the restructure of debt of some R11 billion), and the African Bank curatorship. Etienne is a part-time member of staff of the UCT Law Faculty and was appointed as an Adjunct Associate Professor in 2011. He co-teaches an applied corporate finance course on the LLM programme.

How much?

R2,400 per person


A certificate of participation from UCT will be issued to those who attend all eight sessions of the course. Please note that certificates can only be issued after the lockdown has ended.

How to sign up

Download and complete the registration form, and return it to us. We will then send you the payment information.
One or two days before the course, we will send you the link to the Zoom webinar. You will need to register and use a password to enter the webinar.

Registrations close three days before the webinar.

Download the brochure.