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Warren Drue


Warren Drue

Warren Drue focuses on corporate law with specific emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance transactions, debt and equity capital markets, black economic empowerment transactions, private equity and cross-border transactions. 

He acts as lead attorney for many local and international listed companies in transactions in South Africa and the rest of the African continent. 

Every year since 2010, Warren has been recommended in Chambers Global and in Legal 500 as a leader in Corporate/M&A, and has been endorsed by Practical Law Company for Capital Markets and in Legal Experts Europe, Middle East and Africa for M&A.

“Warren Drue is praised for his considerable experience and effective negotiating style. He is a key contact for pan-Africa transactions.”

Chambers Global

Representative experience

Attorney to Telkom SA SOC Limited in the proposed acquisition by KT Corporation of Korea, of a 20% interest in Telkom for approximately ZAR6.5bn.

Lead attorney to Safika Holdings Proprietary Limited in the ZAR1.4bn disposal of 10.5 million Standard Bank shares through a complex derivative structure.

Lead attorney to First Uranium Corporation in a ZAR2bn capital raising via a complex international bond issue.

Lead attorney to Aditya Birla, a US$30bn Indian mining company, in the bid and proposed acquisition of several mining assets worth several billion rands.

Lead attorney to Ferrochrome Furnaces Holdings in the acquisition of significant ferrochrome deposits from the Zimbabwe government and agreements for establishment of a chrome mine. 

Lead attorney to a New York listed pharmaceutical company in the proposed acquisition of Adcock Ingram Limited for a purchase consideration in excess of ZAR12.5bn. 

Lead attorney to PPC Limited in the acquisition of shares in a company with quarry rights in the DRC that is developing a US$300m plant. 

Lead attorney to Wits Gold and Pan African Resources in the ZAR1.7bn acquisition of Evander Gold Mine from Harmony Gold. 

Education and admissions


  • B.A LLB

Court admissions

  • South Africa


Recommended in

Chambers Global for Corporate/M&A


"Highly regarded"

IFLR1000 : Private equity/M&A


Recommended in

Legal 500 for Corporate/M&A


Endorsed by

Practical Law Company for Capital Markets


Endorsed by

Legal Experts Europe, Middle East and Africa for Mergers and Acquisitions

Latest thinking and events

Published Works

Basement position: SA continues to rank lowly on emerging market investment log

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