Brian has experience of a wide range of corporate and corporate finance transactions specializing in take-overs/ mergers and acquisitions (both public and private); private equity deals, equity issues, strategic investments, joint ventures, black economic empowerment structuring transactions; restructurings and corporate governance issues.
He has particular expertise in efficiently managing complex M&A transactions with a strong outcomes driven approach. Since 2018, Brian has consistently been ranked as a notable practitioner by IFLR 1000 and was named as a recommended lawyer in Commercial, Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions by the Legal500 in 2020.


Representative matters

Multiple South African institutions on corporate governance matters. 

Multinational investment firms on general corporate advice in South Africa. 

Currently advising a client on a cradle to the grave basis on the establishment of an online technology driven platform which seeks to provide consumers real time bridge financing during the period between signing an offer to purchase to sell your home and the transfer date. 

PAPE Fund Managers on the acquisition of a stake in Ballancell, an entity which provides tech-based battery management systems as well as the manufacturing of smart lithium batteries. 

Quilter Plc on the implementation of an odd-lot offer. 

Profitshare Partners a fintech which utilises a fully digital online platform to give small businesses immediate access to finance. Our role included advising the client from the initial stages of the start-up, structuring of the operating model, drafting all necessary operational documents, procuring the necessary licenses to operate and conducting two successful seed rounds. *previous firm experience

ZTE Mzanzi on the establishment and subsequent dissolution of a joint venture between ZTE (a Chinese telecommunications and technology companies) and a local South African partner. *previous firm experience.

Mortgage Market a fintech which provides an online marketplace for home loans to consumers. Our role included advising the client from the initial stages of the start-up and advising on multiple equity investment rounds. *previous firm experience

Advised a client in relation to an equity investment in Entersekt, a global leader in mobile authentication, mobile app security, and payments enablement technology. *previous firm experience 

HNA Group on the acquisition of an equity stake in Comair Ltd. *previous firm experience

Sheltam Rail Consortium in relation to the 25 year concession awarded to the Sheltam Rail Company to operate Kenya and Uganda’s railways. *previous firm experience

Blue Label Telecoms on the acquisition of a stake in Cell C, a telecommunications company in South Africa. The role related primarily to the structuring, advising and implementing a B-BBEE (broad-based black economic empowerment) transaction to comply with licensing regulations. *previous firm experience

Steinhoff International on their ZAR7,300 million accelerated bookbuild in South Africa. *previous firm experience

London & Regional Properties on the ZAR7,200 million acquisition of the V&A Waterfront in South Africa. *previous firm experience

Cardtronics Plc on the acquisition of Spark ATM Solutions Proprietary Limited in South Africa. *previous firm experience

Southern Palace Group of Companies on the acquisition of the infrastructure and building platform business of Murray & Roberts Limited. *previous firm experience

Vunani Capital on the acquisition of Fairheads Beneficiary Services (one of Southern Africa's leading independent service provider of beneficiary funds and umbrella trusts for retirement funds). *previous firm experience

Dangote Industries Ltd on the acquisition of Sephaku Cement (Pty) Ltd from Sephaku Ltd. *previous firm experience

Telkom (SA) Ltd (a subsidiary of Telkom Ltd) on the acquisition of Ucom Ltd, a telecommunications company in Uganda. *previous firm experience 

Albwardy Investments on the acquisition of the Westcliff Hotel in Johannesburg from Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. *previous firm experience

Investec Property Fund Limited on the establishment of Izandla Property Fund (Pty) Ltd (a black controlled property fund). *previous firm experience

Long4life Limited on the ZAR4,200 million sale of the entire issued share capital of L4L to Old Mutual Private Equity. *previous firm experience

Fairvest Property Holdings Limited on the merger with Arrowhead Properties Limited, forming a property company which holds a diversified portfolio of retail, office, and industrial properties valued at R11.77 billion. *previous firm experience

Bayport Management Ltd on the sale of 51% of Bayport Financial Services 2010 (Pty) Ltd to Firefly Investments 326 (Pty) Ltd, a company controlled by the Government Employees Pension Fund. *previous firm experience 

A Consortium comprising of Bayport and the PIC in relation to the failed attempt regarding the acquistion of Mercantile Bank. The transaction was part of a bid process and the consortium was a preferred bidder. All transaction documents were negotiated upfront but Capitec was the eventual preferred bidder. *previous firm experience 

Sage Group Ltd on the acquisition by Momentum Group Ltd of the entire issue share capital of Sage Group Ltd by way of a scheme of arrangement. *previous firm experience 

Pembani Group (Pty) Ltd on the merger of Pembani and various assets of Shanduka Group (Pty) Ltd. *previous firm

Named as a recommended lawyer in Commercial, Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions
Legal 500 , 2020



2006, Admitted as an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa


2001, BA Law, University of Pretoria
2003, LLB, University of Pretoria
A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.