The financial- and business-minded lawyer
Combining legal and financial expertise with hands-on business experience, I appreciate that the business of business is to get things done. It's all about zoning in on the heart of the matter and "cutting to the chase".
I am a financial- and business-minded lawyer with over 20 years experience in Investment & Merchant Banking, at first as in-house Legal Advisor and then in Corporate Finance(including Mergers & Acquisitions and Capital Raising), Private Equity and Project Finance, holding senior advisory and consulting positions in a number of Investment Banks. Combining my corporate legal, corporate financial and actual small business management experience and expertise makes me your ideal transaction advisory partner.
Litigation is not what I normally do. Dealmaking, developing and closing the deal is my focus. In this process I can do financial and cash flow analysis and modelling, business/company valuation, transaction structuring, due diligence, negotiation, tailor-made transaction document drafting and closing the deal, navigating through applicable law and legislation, amongst others, company, competition and tax laws. I have extensive experience in the application of the JSE Listings Requirements and Rules of The Takeover Regulation Panel.
Qualifications: BA(Law)(Stellenbosch), BCompt(UNISA), LLB(Cape Town)
Experience : Webber Wentzel Attorneys(Johannesburg) - Professional Assistant. Finansbank - Legal Advisor & Manager - Corporate Finance. Nedbank Investment Bank - Executive Consultant - Corporate Finance. Trans Atlantic Securities - Director & Head of Corporate Finance. PSG Capital - Director - Corporate Finance
The practice "Gerhard Swart Attorney" was established in 2010, after a 16-year career in Investment Banking.
My fees are highly competitive and flexible depending on complexity and nature of the mandate. My hourly rates for work of a routine, fact-finding, repetitive or administrative nature are substantially lower than the rate I apply for work involving creativity, application of skill, expertise and experience, problem-solving or tailor-made drafting or financial modelling. I am also willing to work on the basis of pre-agreed fixed fees for a paricular mandate and/or retainer fee arrangements.