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Ian  Hayes

Ian Hayes



  • corporate commercial
  • capital markets
  • corporate finance
  • agribusiness

WSG Practice Industries


South Africa

WSG Leadership

Private Equity Group

Ian Hayes is an Executive and joint business unit head of the Corporate Commercial practice in the firm.

Ian specialises in M&A and has worked across sectors, from private equity to mining, healthcare and telecommunications. His deals span the full ambit of M&A and corporate and commercial work including takeovers, structuring and restructuring of business entities, IPOs, private equity acquisitions and disposals, as well as general corporate finance matters.


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

agribusiness | capital markets | corporate commercial | corporate finance | corporate governance | mergers and acquisitions | mining | private equity | regulatory compliance: JSE/TRP/FSB

Professional Career

Professional Activities and Experience

Ian has an extensive list of clients garnered from his years of experience. Some clients include; Vodacom, Harmony, Kumba, Telkom, Edcon, Ethos, RMB Ventures, Actis, Blue Spec, Capitalworks, Kleoss Capital, Business Connexion, Wescoal, Universal Healthcare, Ampath, African Alliance, Beefmaster,  Imara Capital, Mpact and Transpaco.

Ian is recognised as a leading/recommended lawyer by:

  • IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate Guide (including Energy and Infrastructure) 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 – Leading Lawyer – Highly Regarded (South Africa)
  • Chambers Global Guide 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 – Corporate: M&A (South Africa)
  • Best Lawyers® 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018 – Corporate, Mergers and Acquisitions - Corporate Lawyer of the Year 2021 (South Africa)
  • The Legal 500 EMEA 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 – Corporate Commercial: M&A, Mining (South Africa)
  • Who’s Who Legal 2019 - M&A (South Africa)

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