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Ezra Davids

Ezra Davids

Bowmans11 Alice LaneSandtonJohannesburgSouth Africa2146

Thought Leader

WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader
WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader
WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

Global Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended
M&A 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Ezra Davids is “a leading lawyer” who is acclaimed for his outstanding expertise in M&A as well as corporate governance.

Biography

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 PepsiCo Inc in its $1.7 billion acquisition of JSE listed Pioneer Foods, 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 the former chairman of the Faculty Advisory Board of the Law School of the University of Cape Town and a serving member of the university’s council (board of governors); member of the board of trustees of the Legal Resources Trust and Freedom Under Law; director of the Social Justice Initiative; and a patron of the student sponsorship programme (a non-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 corporate M&A committee of the International Bar Association, and is a serving member of that committee.
WWL Ranking: Recommended
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