Mergers and acquisitions

Our track record makes us the leading corporate adviser in Africa

At PwC Corporate Finance, we deliver objective mergers and acquisitions (M&A) expertise that is independent from financing and equity ownership. Our partners lead every deal to completion with the best options, strategies, and results. Our vast experience, global network, and comprehensive track record make us a leading corporate adviser in Africa, known for our leading role in major domestic and cross-border transactions. We deliver sustained outcomes for our clients with a focus on quality advice and best-in-class execution.


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Issues you may be facing

  • You need to expand or diversify your business operations through an acquisition, merger, demerger, joint venture or strategic alliance.
  • You want to consolidate your business operations through selling/disposal, restructuring, or capital raising.
  • You are looking for a strategic partner and/or the opportunity to realise an investment in or ownership of your business.
  • You want to potentially privatise or start a management or leveraged buy-out.
  • You need to consider your transaction strategy’s approach and feasibility. 

How we can help you

Mergers and acquisitions – buy side advisory

  • Our team helps clients identify, evaluate and access acquisition targets, including capabilities and fit against identified objectives and criteria.
  • We determine and assess likely competition, including strengths and weaknesses, and funding ability.
  • We assess valuation and pricing parameters and develop financial models.
  • We help you determine the best acquisition/merger structure, manage diligence, minimise risk in transaction documentation, and negotiate and close transactions.

Divestments and disposals – sell side advisory

  • We help you determine the optimal strategy and divestment structure, craft a compelling equity story and investment proposal, and design a customised transaction process, whilst supporting and preparing the business for sale.
  • We can help you assess capital structure and advise you on achievable values, as well as value levers that can enhance value.
  • We help you identify buyers and engage with motivated domestic and international buyers based on an understanding of their needs and our ability to utilise our unparalleled global network to make effective connections.  
  • We manage the full process as well as other transaction advisers to limit management distraction and enhance process efficiency.
  • We work with you to negotiate ideal prices and terms, all the way through to closing the transaction.


  • Our advice guides and defends public company takeovers, the pricing of transactions and deal implementation. We help you manage transaction projects and the other advisers involved in the process. We will be by your side when you engage with shareholders and regulatory bodies.

Joint ventures

  • Assess the appropriateness of a joint venture with our help to identify and evaluate suitable partners. Access the key decision makers of shortlisted joint venture partners and evaluate their contributions, distributions and the joint venture ratio. Once you reach a decision, we help you assess and structure the joint venture’s commercial terms and potential exit strategies.


  • We help you identify, evaluate and access bidders and concessionaires. We also help you manage key stakeholders and ensure probity compliance.
  • We help you develop a clear and concise marketing message and a tailored transaction process.
  • We help you assess capital structure, advise you on market value, and help you manage other transaction advisers to limit management distraction.
  • We can help you negotiate pricing and terms and guide you towards closing the transaction.

Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) ownership transactions

  • Our team is well-positioned to assist both local and multi-national corporates with the design, structure and execution of sustainable B-BBEE transactions.
  • We can help you choose the most appropriate ownership empowerment strategy. We help you design and structure an empowerment structure that is fit for purpose, appropriate for all stakeholders and addresses our client’s objectives.
  • We can help you comply with all relevant regulation as well as identify the right partners (internal and external) who are best suited to your strategy.
  • We help you ensure a seamless and efficient process of engagement, analysis, advice and implementation, including tax, exchange control, valuation and accounting input.

Strategic and feasibility advice

  • We help you create a transaction strategy, assess industry dynamics, and give independent advice on valuations.
  • We help you develop capital structure and assess financing options.
  • We also help you identify, evaluate and assess potential targets and suitors, including capabilities and fit.

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Johan Schutte

Johan Schutte

Partner, PwC South Africa

Jan Groenewald

Jan Groenewald

Africa Deals Leader, PwC South Africa