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Ezra Davids

Ezra Davids
Firm:
Office:
11 Alice Lane
Sandton
2196
City:
Johannesburg
Country:
South Africa
Tel:
+27 11 669 9320
Fax:
+27 11 669 9001

Biographies:

Who's Who Legal Corporate: Merger & Acquisition

Ezra Davids is the chairman of corporate/M&A at Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group specialising in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, and securities law. Some of the most recent transactions in which Ezra has advised in include his role as co-lead partner in the firm acting as South African counsel to SAB Miller in its recently completed combination with AB InBev (1.5 trillion rand/$107 billion) and acted as lead partner in the following matters: South African counsel to Bharti in its then proposed merger with MTN (US$24 billion), advising Verizon Communications in its disposal of its subsidiary, Verizon Business (South Africa), acting as South African Counsel to M1 and Investcom in the latter's acquisition by MTN ($5.5 billion), advising Barrick Gold Corporation in its disposal of Barrick Gold South Africa ($1.55 billion) and for Goldman Sachs and Citigroup in the disposal by Polyus (Norilisk) of its entire shareholding in Gold Fields Limited ($2.2 billion), for SABMiller in the $1 billion BEE transaction for its South African subsidiary, for Old Mutual plc in the aborted negotiations related to the acquisition by HSBC of 70 per cent of the issued share capital of Nedbank Limited, for Tokyo Stock Exchange listed Kansai Paint Co Ltd's successful hostile takeover of JSE-listed Freeworld Coatings Limited (2.4 billion rand) and for PPR in the proposed disposal of its furniture and household goods business, Conforama, to JSE-listed Steinhoff International Holdings Limited (12 billion rand).

Ezra is also the relationship partner for a number of the firm's major clients such as Bharti, Verizon, Barrick Gold Corporation, Nokia, UPS, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, UBS, Eskom and Transnet. He is also the chairman of the Faculty Advisory Board of the Law School of the University of Cape Town and a member of the board of trustees of the Legal Resources Trust and a patron of the student sponsorship programme (a not for profit organisation focusing on providing high school education to disadvantaged students). He is also the former chairman of the recent developments in mergers and acquisitions subcommittee of the business organisations committee of the International Bar Association.

WWL says: “Champion lawyer” Ezra Davids is identified as our top practitioner in Africa for M&A work.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Corporate which can be purchased from our Shop.

Who's Who Legal Corporate: Corporate Governance

Ezra Davids is the chairman of corporate/M&A at Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group specialising in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, and securities law. Some of the most recent transactions in which Ezra has advised in include his role as co-lead partner in the firm acting as South African counsel to SAB Miller in its recently completed combination with AB InBev (1.5 trillion rand/$107 billion) and acted as lead partner in the following matters: South African counsel to Bharti in its then proposed merger with MTN (US$24 billion), advising Verizon Communications in its disposal of its subsidiary, Verizon Business (South Africa), acting as South African Counsel to M1 and Investcom in the latter's acquisition by MTN (US$5.5 billion), advising Barrick Gold Corporation in its disposal of Barrick Gold South Africa (US$1.55 billion) and for Goldman Sachs and Citigroup in the disposal by Polyus (Norilisk) of its entire shareholding in Gold Fields Limited (US$2.2 billion), for SABMiller in the US$1 billion BEE transaction for its South African subsidiary, for Old Mutual plc in the aborted negotiations related to the acquisition by HSBC of 70 per cent of the issued share capital of Nedbank Limited, for Tokyo Stock Exchange listed Kansai Paint Co Ltd's successful hostile takeover of JSE-listed Freeworld Coatings Limited (2.4 billion rand) and for PPR in the proposed disposal of its furniture and household goods business, Conforama, to JSE-listed Steinhoff International Holdings Limited (12 billion rand).

Ezra is also the relationship partner for a number of the firm's major clients such as Bharti, Verizon, Barrick Gold Corporation, Nokia, UPS, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, UBS, Eskom and Transnet. He is also the chairman of the Faculty Advisory Board of the Law School of the University of Cape Town and a member of the board of trustees of the Legal Resources Trust and a patron of the student sponsorship programme (a not for profit organisation focusing on providing high school education to disadvantaged students). He is also the former chairman of the recent developments in mergers and acquisitions subcommittee of the business organisations committee of the International Bar Association.

WWL says: Sources praise Ezra Davids for the “range of corporate issues he’s able to cover” for clients in financial services, technology and natural resources, among other areas.

 

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Corporate which can be purchased from our Shop.

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