Warren Drue

Warren Drue

Partner, Johannesburg

Email warren.drue@​hoganlovells.com

Phone +27 11 775 6345

Fax +27 86 686 2550


Practice groupCorporate

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

Chambers Global

With nearly 30 years' experience, Warren Drue is a highly respected M&A and corporate finance practitioner and has developed a substantial practice advising large local and international listed and unlisted clients.

He focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance transactions, equity capital markets and cross-border transactions. In recent years, Warren has focused on advising large international corporates in M&A transactions on 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.

Awards and recognitions


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


The Best Lawyers of South Africa for Corporate Law

Education and admissions



Court admissions

South Africa

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.

Advising Land O'Lakes Inc in the acquisition of a controlling interest in the Villa Group, including a complex restructure of the group’s 26 operating subsidiaries.

Advising the world's largest New York-listed generic pharmaceutical company in the proposed acquisition of Adcock Ingram Limited for over ZAR12.5bn.

Advised BayWa AG on the M&A and finance aspects of its first investment into South Africa regarding a joint venture with Barloworld South Africa.

Advising Acino on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of US$100m of Litha Health Care Group from Ireland-listed Endo Luxembourg Finance Co II.

Advising PPC Limited in the acquisition of shares in a company that owns quarry rights in the DRC and developed a plant for approximately US$300m.

Lead attorney to Accor on its disposal of a company that owned four hotels in South Africa for over ZAR250m (prior to adjustments).

Lead attorney to Lesaffre, the world's largest yeast manufacturer, in the acquisition of a strategic asset in Africa.

Latest thinking and events


Africa Forum South Africa 2017

Hogan Lovells Publications

Fruit to be Harvested in the Continent China Daily Africa

Published Works

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

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