Alastair Dixon is a corporate and M&A lawyer based in Johannesburg (Sandton). He has considerable expertise in mergers and acquisitions and corporate re-structurings, with particular emphasis on JSE transactions.
He has been the practice’s principal lawyer working on several JSE listings/ IPO's and rights offers (including the Nedbank rights offer) and high profile acquisitions (including the first successful privatisation of a portion of the South African Forestry Company's forestry assets and the acquisition by KPMG of the South African business of Arthur Andersen).
He was a senior member of the team working on the Telkom IPO and has worked on a number of major acquisitions and re-structurings, many of which were JSE transactions (including the acquisition of a controlling stake in Absa Bank by Barclays Bank Plc), the re-structuring of Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton’s shareholdings in and the empowerment transaction relating to, Richards Bay Minerals, the disposal by Chesapeake Plc of their Southern African businesses and the South African leg of the global merger between Hewlett-Packard and 3Com.
More recently, he advised Capital Property Fund on the scheme of arrangement in terms of which it acquired all the listed units in Pangbourne Properties Limited, Glenrand MIB on the scheme of arrangement in terms of which all of its shares were acquired by AON and Capitec Bank Limited on its international and local placing of new ordinary shares.
He also has expertise in (commercial) aviation work and has assisted several major corporates with contracts for the acquisition, operation and chartering of aircraft (including, most recently, contracts for the operation, maintenance and ad hoc chartering of Macsteel’s corporate jet).
He holds a BA (Hons), LLB (WITS), H. Dip Company Law (WITS) and H.Dip Tax Law (WITS).