Jeff Buckland

Jeff Buckland

Partner, Johannesburg

Email jeff.buckland@​hoganlovells.com

Phone +27 11 523 6014

Fax +27 86 649 2231

LanguagesEnglish, Afrikaans

Practice groupCorporate

"Jeff Buckland is noted for his impressive technical abilities, with particular recognition for his work in the private equity space. Commentators describe him as ‘very approachable’ and appreciate his ‘understanding of our business’. His experience includes debt recapitalisation and share acquisition mandates."

Chambers Global

Jeff Buckland adds diverse expertise to our Johannesburg corporate and commercial department. He focuses on all aspects of corporate law, including public and private mergers, acquisitions and disposals, outsourcings, crafting constitutional documents for different types of companies, partnerships, joint ventures and trusts incorporating majority and minority protections, exit strategies and commercial arrangements, corporate restructurings, investments in debt, equity and hybrid instruments, corporate governance, and JSE listing requirements.

In addition, he has been involved in establishing numerous South African private equity funds, some with parallel fund structures, and private mezzanine debt funds, as well as executing many acquisitions and disposals by private equity funds, including crafting the constitutional documents for portfolio companies.

Awards and recognitions

2017-2018

Recommended for Corporate M&A: Private Equity
Chambers Global

Education and admissions

Education

Higher Diploma in Tax, University of Johannesburg, 1992

LL.M., University of South Africa, 1990

LL.B., University of Stellenbosch, 1987

BCom, University of Stellenbosch, 1985

Court admissions

South Africa

Representative experience

Executing the acquisition of 10% of ABSA shares valued at ZAR5.5bn by Batho Bonke consortium and refinancing of ABSA’s BEE transaction.

Advising Total Facilities Management Company (Pty) Ltd on the outsourcing to it of Telkom’s facilities management services and functions relating to Telkom’s entire property portfolio.

Advisor to the purchaser Akani-Egoli (Pty) Ltd in its acquisition of the Gold Reef City businesses and Theme Park.

Advisor to the purchaser FujiFilm in its downstream acquisition of the business division that distributed FujiFilm products in South Africa and Namibia.

Advisor to a consortium, led by Medu Fund III, in its acquisition of Van Schaik Bookstores and Exclusive Books from Times Media Group Ltd.

Advisor to Cadbury Schweppes SA in the ZAR1.5bn disposal of its soft drinks business in South Africa to Atlantic Industries and Coca-Cola Southern Africa.

Advisor to Tsogo Investment Holdings Company in the negotiation and execution of funding agreements for the acquisition of SABMiller Plc’s hospitality interests in Southern Africa.

Advising on the JSE listing of Metropolis Transactive Holdings Ltd and Nedcor Investment Bank Holdings Ltd.

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