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Warren Drue


Warren Drue

Corporate and commercial department head 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.

Chambers Global says: "Clients describe Warren Drue as ‘hands-on, sharp and accessible. He has a broad understanding and very commercial approach to business.’"

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 for Corporate/M&A

Chambers GlobalandLegal 500


Capital Markets and Legal Experts Europe, Middle East and Africa, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014 for Mergers and Acquisitions.

Practical Law Company

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