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Koos Pretorius

Koos Pretorius

director

ENSafrica
South Africa

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Profile

Koos Pretorius is a director at ENSafrica and jointly leads and manages the firm’s corporate commercial department, which is the largest department of its kind in Africa. He also continues to practice as an attorney in the ENSafrica corporate commercial department, specialising in mergers and acquisitions, hostile take-overs and corporate restructures.

He has acted for sector and industry leaders in renewable energy, oil and gas, banking, insurance, media, communications, retail, mining, transport and logistics, property, gaming, hotel/leisure and private equity.

Koos’ experience includes commercial contracts, company law, corporate structuring and regulatory compliance. He frequently interacts with regulators who supervise merger and acquisition activity in South Africa such as the Takeover Regulation Panel, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, the SA competition authorities, the SA banking regulator and the SA Financial Services Board. Koos has extensive take-over experience, having assisted in hostile take-over bids, complex schemes of arrangement, and in transactions where companies and their shareholders enter into more sophisticated arrangements aimed at achieving specific strategic imperatives.

He is a past member of the Ethics Committee of the Cape Law Society and has acted as a presenter of certain modules of the LLM programme on advanced company law at the University of Cape Town and the University of the Western Cape. He is a regular contributor to various legal and commercial publications such as the Chambers Global Guide and Euromoney.

Years of Experience: 27



Education

  • BA (University of Stellenbosch)
  • LLB (University of Stellenbosch)
  • Leadership in Professional Service Firms (Harvard Business School, USA)
  • Admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa
Areas of Practice
Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Awards / Accolades

• IFLR1000 2014, 2012 – Mergers and Acquisitions (South Africa)
• Best Lawyers 2013 – Corporate, Mergers and Acquisitions, Energy, Mining; 2012 – Mergers and Acquisitions, Mining; 2011 – Corporate; Mergers and Acquisitions; Mining (South Africa)
• Chambers and Partners Global Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers 2013 – Corporate Commercial: Mergers & Acquisitions; Banking and Finance (South Africa); 2012 - Corporate: Mergers and Acquisitions (South Africa)
• Legal 500’s Guide to Outstanding Lawyers 2013 – Corporate Commercial: Mergers and Acquisitions (South Africa); 2012, 2010 - Private Equity; Corporate Commercial: Mergers and Acquisitions (South Africa)
• Guide to the World’s Leading Mergers and Acquisitions Lawyers 2012 – Mergers and Acquisitions (South Africa)
• PLC Which Lawyer? 2012; 2011 – Corporate / Mergers and Acquisitions (South Africa)
• Legal Experts Europe, Middle East and Africa 2011 – Corporate and Mergers and Acquisitions (South Africa)

Professional Activities and Experience

Koos is recognised as a leading/recommended lawyer by:

  • Chambers and Partners Global Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 – Corporate Commercial: Mergers & Acquisitions (South Africa)
  • IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate Guide 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 – Leading Lawyer (South Africa)
  • The Legal 500 Guide to Outstanding Lawyers 2016, 2015, 2014 – Corporate Commercial: Mergers and Acquisitions (South Africa)
  • Who’s Who Legal 2017 – Mining (South Africa)
  • Best Lawyers® 2017 – Corporate and Mergers and Acquisitions; 2016 – Corporate (South Africa)

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