John W Ffooks & Co - Strategy | Investment | Law > Africa
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Mergers & Acquisitions

We handle a variety of domestic and international transactional work: Mergers and acquisitions, demergers and restructurings, joint ventures, takeovers, equity financings, privatisations, initial public offerings and issues of share capital.

Related tax questions involve our lawyers advising on the most tax-efficient means of acquiring, divesting or restructuring assets, any relevant negotiations, and ensuring the smooth completion of the resulting deal, plus dealing with any queries from the tax authorities.

Whether conducting multi-jurisdictional due diligence on a global transaction or preparing a stand- alone local asset for sale to an international buyer, our team has the depth and breath of experience you need. We can mobilise experienced staff quickly to review large volumes of material in Data Rooms across the region and provide the detailed analysis and strategic thinking critical to getting the right result.

Acquisition of Industrial Company - Burundi and Madagascar

Acting for a French-based international commodities house, we performed due diligence on this pan- African industrial company, including corporate, real estate and human resources. We then advised on the procedure for transferring shares to the Purchaser, appointing new management and staff and completing all relevant registrations.

Multi-Jurisdictional Due Diligence

We are currently advising a French-based multi-national on the African assets of its target company. We are reviewing the documentation available in the Data Rooms across the region and have deployed staff from our correspondent firms as well as seconding experienced team members from our office in Madagascar. In addition to our countries of operation, we have been asked to manage the output of local firms in two further jurisdictions due to our on-the-ground presence, regional experience and cost-effective fee structure.

G4S - Acquisition Of Security Services Company

We advised G4S on its acquisition of a locally based security services company. Advice included a detailed review of several hundred employment contracts to evaluate termination liabilities, construction of a corporate flow chart to establish control within the organisation and to opine on the legislative environment surrounding the security service industry.

Port of Tamatave – Advising on Bid

We advised a Hong Kong based company on its bid for the container terminal in Madagascar’s largest port. We analysed large volumes of material from the data room and synthesised it into a detailed report. We reviewed and commented on the concession agreement and conducted detailed supplemental due diligence for the client and gave price-critical input up to the moment the bid was submitted.

Global Bid - Madagascar Assets

We acted for a Singapore based retail group on its bid for the Madagascar and Mauritius based assets of a UK-listed retail chain. Advice included detailed due diligence on assets and liabilities, advice on company law, corporate structure and insolvency procedures.