Mergers and Acquisitions (Deals Tax)


PwC is a global brand associated with quality and trust and has a significant presence in every major market, both established and emerging. This makes the PwC Deals tax network a global powerhouse with an ability to serve global, national and local clients. 

Whether your organisation is involved in a public or private initiative, a management buy-out/in, purchasing or disposing of an asset, implementation of a turnaround strategy or in the process of establishing a private-equity fund, our Deals Tax team will help you solve complex business problems, build value, share knowledge and bring competitive advantage to your activities.

We  walk you through the transaction, from strategy and due-diligence through to post-deal integration. Our structure links local firms with a worldwide network that can leverage the advantages of expertise on an international scale. We pride ourselves on partnering with international and national law firms to meet the needs of our client’s tax objectives.


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How we can add value

Tax Due Diligence

PwC’s tax due diligence team consists of accounting and legal specialists who provide buy-side and sell-side transaction support. 

On the buy-side we provide a credible and independent due diligence review - identifying significant tax issues that could impact the proposed transaction. 

We also identify and quantify the potential major tax liabilities/exposures, which may affect the deal price and future earnings of the target. A full-scope tax due diligence review or a specific procedure review will provide you with a better understanding of the tax consequences on the potential acquisition of the target company, which is important to your assessment of the investment opportunities.

On the sell-side, we address the concerns and issues that may be relevant to even the most demanding purchaser. For vendors undertaking a disposal or selling off a part of their own business, our vendor assistance provides bespoke solutions to assist you in successfully completing your divestments.


Tax Structuring

PwC’s  one-stop cross-border and domestic M&A deals tax solutions include:

  • Divestment and carve-out - We assist you in the tax aspects of the sales process  and provide optionality in respect of exit mechanisms available to the shareholders to mitigate tax leakage on realisation of proceeds. 
  • Structuring - We work closely with you and your other transaction advisors to understand the commercials that underpin and drive the restructuring transaction and  provide you with a step-by-step transaction memorandum setting out the steps and associated tax consequences of each step.  
  • Tax compliance - We review all the agreements and resolutions to ensure that the implementation does not give rise to any unintended tax consequences and  assist with the preparation, filing and review of the applicable tax returns.  
  • Tax optimisation - We can perform assessments on the effectiveness of existing tax functions in order to provide tax planning opportunities.


Private Equity Tax Services

Our team of tax specialists can assist you during the full life cycle of your private equity fund, from the design of your fund structure and accompanying carry scheme through to the realisation of the fund, ensuring that the return delivered to your various stakeholders is not unnecessarily eroded by any unintended tax drag.

We work closely with you to provide you with the optimal tax structure that is cognisant of your commercial parameters and specifically designed to align with your overall fund strategy.


Business Rescue Tax Services

We appreciate the need for businesses to optimise their working capital and maximise their free cash flow, however, the implementation of such strategies requires careful consideration from a tax perspective to mitigate against any adverse tax consequences which may negate the positive effects of your strategy.

Our team of tax specialists is well placed to assist you with the tax aspects of any formal or informal turnaround strategy you may wish to embark on. Our focus is to increase your tax efficiencies and ensure that the implementation of your turnaround strategy does not give rise to any unintended tax leakages which may reduce free cash flow.



Creating value through tax in Deals

We apply a ‘results-based’ approach, aiming to align with clients on how best to deliver on strategic imperatives in the context of sustainable value creation.

PwC offers a one-source deal service solution,,and can assist with understanding your strategic objectives, assist in the M&A process review, tax structuring, reorganisation and cost reduction, tax funding model, B-BBEE transactions, group reorganisations and tax due diligence executions. 

We provide a smooth process which minimises disruption, supports the deal team and protects management time, along with services designed around what is important to your assessment of value, in order to help you make the right decision. 

Our market leading expertise will enhance value by bringing fresh perspectives.



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Our team

Frank Mosupa

Africa Deals Tax Leader, Johannesburg, PwC South Africa

+27 (0) 11 797 5294


Scott Berry

Africa Clients and Markets Tax and Legal Leader, Johannesburg, PwC South Africa

+27 (0) 83 406 1820


Nathan Bokwe

Partner, Johannesburg, PwC South Africa

+27 (0) 11 287 0549


Angus Du-Preez

Partner, Cape Town, PwC South Africa

+27 (0) 21 529 2399


Lynelle Petersen

Partner, Johannesburg, PwC South Africa

+27 (0) 82 499 9983


Louis Du-Plessis

Director, Cape Town, PwC South Africa

+27 (0) 21 529 2229


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