With over 20 years’ experience,Lloyd Chaterhas joinedPinsent Masons’ Johannesburg office as a partner, where he will work across the African continent with a focus on mergers and acquisitions (M&A) which are concerned with equity capital markets and infrastructure and energy assets.
Chater joins the firm fromBowmanswhere he worked for almost two decades during which he was responsible for leading its cross-practice group construction sector offering.
He also represented multinational and local companies on M&A, tendering, joint ventures, as well as facilities management service agreements and infrastructure and mining development projects.
Notably, Chater led a team that advised South African satellite television broadcasterOn Digital Mediaon all aspects of its ‘StarSat’ broadcasting business.
At Pinsent Masons, Chater will focus on construction projects, acquisitions, as well as supply and service agreements.
Andrew Masraf, the head of transactional services, stated: “Lloyd advises some of the biggest players in the South African market and brings unrivalled experience of working on transactional mandates, in particular cross-border international M&A work.”
He added that “his appointment complements the firm’s continued commitment to grow our transactional practice in South Africa”.
May, meanwhile, saw Pinsent Masons hireCliffe Dekker Hofmeyr’s head of construction in Johannesburg.
In March,FTI Consultinghired eight experts from local economics firmEconex, bolstering its expertise in competition analysis and damages assessments.
Hogan Lovellswas dealt a blow in April whenEversheds Sutherlandrecruited its head of miningWarren Beechand his team in the firm’s first move into the South African mining market.
Other hires in Johannesburg include those at e-commerce company Naspers,which hiredPhuti Mahanyele-Dabengwaas its new chief executive earlier this month andHerbert Smith Freehillsappointed a new head of alternative legal services.