Wildu du Plessis is the head of Baker McKenzie’s Global Africa Practice, leading the office’s banking and finance and restructuring and insolvency practices.
Du Plessis represents and advises leading domestic and international financial institutions, private equity groups and corporates in connection with a wide range of financing transactions, acquisitions, restructurings, regulatory and general finance matters.
He has advised on many of the most high profile first-to-market transactions in South Africa including: the first synthetic securitisation; the first asset backed conduit to be established; the first overnight call bond fund to be set up and the first high yield debt to be issued by a South African issuer.
Du Plessis is a member of the Law Society of the Northern Provinces. He has a bachelor of Civil Law, cum laude, and LL.B., cum laude, from the University of Pretoria. He also has a higher diploma: Tax Law from Rand Afrikaans University.
On this episode of Business Talk – Owning it with Sage – du Plessis talks host Michael Avery through current M&A activity on the continent – mostly as sectors begin to recover from the effects of Covid-19 pandemic. He says that mergers dropped off dramatically when the pandemic hit, with activity in 2021 off a low base.
He says activity is likely to be sparked through distressed assets – open to buyers with favourable balance sheets and strong positions in the market looking to increase their risk.
Some companies would have used the past year to assess their non-core assets – with this type of business evident among a number of listed companies in South Africa.
The full interview is embedded below. You can find all the Business Talk with Michael Avery interviews here.