Willem Jacobs

Director

Willem Jacobs is a Director in our Corporate & Commercial practice. Willem led the Corporate & Commercial team for 11 years before stepping down to focus on the day to day running of his practice. He also serves on the firm's Executive, Fincom and Africom Committees. As evidenced through market recognition, Willem is regarded as one of South Africa's foremost M&A specialists. Willem’s areas of expertise are corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, private equity, black economic empowerment transactions, and structuring and restructuring of businesses.

Willem Jacobs

Credentials

Credentials

Education

  • BCom Law, LLB, Dip (Insolvency), HDip (Tax), University of Johannesburg
  • Year of admission as an attorney: 1997
  • Registered with the Legal Practice Council

Credentials

Education

  • BCom Law, LLB, Dip (Insolvency), HDip (Tax), University of Johannesburg
  • Year of admission as an attorney: 1997
  • Registered with the Legal Practice Council

News

Market recognition

  • Chambers Global 2014–2024 ranked Willem Jacobs in Band 2 for corporate/M&A and in 2022–2024 ranked him in Band 3 for corporate/M&A: private equity.
  • The Legal 500 EMEA 2016–2023 recommended him as a leading individual for commercial, corporate/M&A. Willem was also recommended in 2012–2016 for mining.
  • IFLR1000 2018–2022 recommended Willem as a highly regarded lawyer for M&A, and private equity.

Market recognition

  • Chambers Global 2014–2024 ranked Willem Jacobs in Band 2 for corporate/M&A and in 2022–2024 ranked him in Band 3 for corporate/M&A: private equity.
  • The Legal 500 EMEA 2016–2023 recommended him as a leading individual for commercial, corporate/M&A. Willem was also recommended in 2012–2016 for mining.
  • IFLR1000 2018–2022 recommended Willem as a highly regarded lawyer for M&A, and private equity.