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John Nielsen


John Nielsen

John Nielsen focuses on all aspects of corporate law, including public and private mergers, acquisitions and disposals, private equity funds, joint ventures and trusts incorporating majority and minority protections, exit strategies and commercial arrangements, corporate restructurings, investments in debt, equity and hybrid instruments.

Representative experience

Conducted various due diligences as part of inter-office global teams involving various foreign private equity funds.

Advised and prepared documents for a public-to-private transaction backed by a sovereign fund involving a UK private equity manager and a public Swedish franchise group.

Assisted a private equity fund acquiring a majority interest in a local paint manufacturer and distributor.

Advised and assisted a local private equity fund acquire a number agri-businesses.

Acting for a client in the fuel industry in various transactions introducing new BEE partners in compliance with the Petroleum and Liquid Fuels Charter.

Assisted a private equity fund acquire specialist bank in Nigeria.

Advised and structured new "permanent capital" fund of funds managed by a local private equity fund.

Education and admissions


  • Certificate in Foundations of South African Financial Markets, University of Cape Town, 2016
  • Certificate in Law of Banking and Financial Markets, Mandela Institute, 2014
  • LL.B., University of the Witwatersrand, 2011
  • BCom (Law), University of the Witwatersrand, 2009

Court admissions

  • South Africa
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