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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 due diligence and assisted with implementation of the potential acquisition of a minority interest in a local coal mine by a Chinese conglomerate.

Conducted due diligence as part of inter-office global team regarding the purchase of a minority interest in a transportation conglomerate by a private equity fund.

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.

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

Advised a multi-national client on the implementation and establishment of bespoke equity funds in the Cayman Islands and Seychelles.

Advised an international investment house on its ability to establish, register and market an emerging markets fund in and across the EU under the UCITS regime.

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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