Bid support and defence


We provide bid support and defence services to make and defend hostile public bids.

For are a bidder, we prepare hostile reviews on your own business and analysis of the vulnerability of the target business.

For defenders, we assist to defend or achieve the best price for your company. Because of our experience in defence situations we can help company management position themselves favourably to the markets during the bid.

We also carry out 'dummy' defence assignments for clients who feel exposed, but before a bid is announced. Many companies commission defence reviews as a routine board activity to help maintain an objective external view of their company.


Two men shaking hands after a bid support and defence consultation meeting.

Issues you may be facing

  • You are looking to acquire a public entity.
  • You think that your company may be vulnerable because of underperforming share indices, market criticism or the possibility that the company may be broken up.
  • Your company is announcing a restructuring, a change of strategy or an ambitious acquisition.
  • Your company has problems with management succession.


How we can help you

  • Your organisation benefits from our early involvement, our familiarity with the process and priorities, and our understanding of how to work with the wider defence or attack team.

  • We assist in developing the arguments on value, supporting your proposition and helping to strengthen your position - both in the market and with shareholders - and so to increase the chances of a successful result.



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Peter McCrystal

Peter McCrystal

Partner, PwC South Africa

Tel: +27 (0) 11 797 5275

Jan Groenewald

Jan Groenewald

Africa Deals Leader, PwC South Africa