Darryl Jago is a Senior Associate in our Corporate & Commercial practice. Darryl is a corporate and commercial lawyer with notable local and international experience. Darryl focuses primarily on private M&A and has a strong interest in cross-border transactions, private equity, group reorganisations and corporate governance.
Darryl has acted for national and international clients in both the public and private sector, and across a range of industries including aviation, energy, fast moving consumer goods, mining, and tech start-ups.
Darryl started his career as a legal advisor for a global energy company. During this time, he gained an in-depth understanding of the way in which multinational businesses operate and the complex relationship between the strict application of legal principles and the implementation of broader corporate strategy.
After 2 years in the corporate environment, Darryl moved into private practice at an international law firm based in Johannesburg where he gained extensive experience in advising local and international clients on private M&A transactions in Africa. Darryl oversaw client relationships across a broad spectrum of industries, won the Associate Achiever Award in 2017 for the best all-round performing associate and the Associate Spokesperson of the Year in 2018 for his insights on legal issues in the media.
In 2018, Darryl was awarded Attorney of the Year (Associate) at the African Legal Awards.
Darryl moved to Australia in early 2019 to take up a position at an international law firm based in Melbourne, Victoria. During his time in overseas, Darryl gained an in-depth understanding of Australia’s foreign investment regime, worked on an assortment of large private M&A and private equity transactions in the Asia Pacific region and won the firm’s global FY20 Transaction Innovation Group Associate Award.
Darryl returned to South Africa in 2021 to take up a role as a Senior Associate in the firm’s Corporate and Commercial practice.
Darryl’s corporate and commercial work traverses a variety of industries with noteworthy matters including: