Ian commenced his articles at Cliffe Dekker & Todd in 1991 and remained with the firm until September 2012. Ian moved onto ENSafrica as Director, joint head and subsequently joint business unit leader of the corporate commercial department. Ian rejoined CDH in 2021.

Ian has advised on the following: 

  • Advised Adcock Ingram on the disposal of 53.47% of the entire issued share capital of Ayrton Drug Manufacturing.
  •  Advised the Bakgatla Ba Kgafela Tribe on its disposal of shares in Bakgatla Pallinghurst JV.
  •  Advised the Bakgatla Ba Kgafela Tribe on its disposal of shares in Itereleng Bakgatla Minerals Resources to Pilanesberg Platinum Mines.
  •  Advised Business Connexion on the acquisition by Telkom of the entire issued share capital of Business
  • Connexion by way of a scheme of arrangement in terms of section 114 of the Companies Act. 
  • Advised Capitalworks and certain senior management and executives of Much Asphalt on the acquisition of the business of Much Asphalt from Murray & Roberts. 
  • Advised RMB Ventures, Capitalworks and certain senior management and executives of Ocon Brick, Technicrete and Rocla on the acquisition of the businesses of those entities from Murray & Roberts. 
  • Advised a consortium led by Ethos and RMB Ventures on the acquisition of the Waco Group.
  • Advised Ethos on its acquisition of the RTT Group.
  • Advised Grindrod on its acquisition of the entire issued ordinary share capital of Racec by way of a scheme of arrangement.
  • Advised Harmony on the disposal of Evander Gold Mines to Pan African Resources.
  • Advised Harmony on its acquisition of full ownership of the Hidden Valley mine in Papua New Guinea. Advised Advised Kleoss and Leaf Capital on the acquisition of a controlling interest in TrenStar.
  • Advised Mpact on its acquisition of a controlling interest in Detpak South Africa.
  • Advised Pharma Labs (a subsidiary of Adcock Ingram) on the disposal of the entre issued share capital of Datlabs.
  • Advised Rebosis on its listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Advised Advised Transpaco on its acquisition of East Rand Plastics.
  • Advised Vodacom on its acquisition (abandoned) of Neotel.
  • Advised Vodacom on its acquisition of an indirect 34.94% interest in Safaricom from Vodafone.Advised Vodacom Tanzania on its IPO and listing on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange. Advised Wescoal on its acquisition of Keaton Energy.
  • Advised Edcon on its restructurings.
  • Advising the Business Rescue Practitioners of Edcon on the disposal of Edcon's Edgars and Jet businesses in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho and Eswatini.
  • IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate Guide (including Energy and Infrastructure) 2015 - 2021 ranked Ian as a leading lawyer and highly regarded.
  • Chambers Global Guide 2015-2020 ranked Ian in Band 1 for Corporate/M&A
  • The Legal 500 EMEA 2015-2020 listed Ian in the "hall of fame" for Commercial, Commercial, M&A and Mining
  • Who’s Who Legal 2019 ranked Ian in M&A

Education

  • BA, University of the Witwatersrand
  • LLB, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Leadership in Professional Service Firms, Harvard Business School
  • Admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa