Julian Thatcher is a corporate lawyer who advises on all corporate transactions, in particular, on private equity transactions and transactions in or involving Africa across multiple sectors.
Julian acts for various businesses, including corporates, family offices, private equity firms and management teams on M&A transactions, including private acquisitions and disposals, secondary sales and joint ventures, as well as all aspects of renewable energy transactions, including PPAs and EPC arrangements. Julian also provides general advice to clients on commercial matters and has considerable ECM experience both in the UK and Africa.
Julian has extensive and rare “on the ground” experience in Africa (having been based on the continent for three years) and hands-on private equity experience having been an executive and member of management of a solar developer and a financial services private equity venture.
Julian has also held business development positions (including head of business development in a leading London-based, Africa focused hedge fund) and has a unique insight into fundraising, deal origination and commercial processes.
Julian has advised in respect of transactions in a variety of sectors, including financial services, fintech, micro-lending, renewables, logistics, telecoms, real estate, sports and hospitality, and he has advised in respect of transactions including in the UK, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Senegal, Zambia, Malawi, Benin, Mozambique, Uganda, Botswana, the Kingdom of Eswatini, South Africa, Equatorial Guinea and DRC.
Julian is well versed in B-EEE matters in South Africa and indigenisation laws in Zimbabwe.
His highlights include acting for:
Greenergy Energy Holdings in its £500 million merger with Brookfield.
AlpInvest on various secondary investments and disposals.
Faccenda Foods on its joint venture with Cargill.
TPA Capital Limited on its acquisition of IBA Group Limited.
Brainworks Capital Limited on its IPO on the JSE.
MyBucks SA on its acquisition of six banks from Opportunity International in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and Ghana.
MyBucks S.A. on its sale of its stake in MyBucks Mozambique to Xtenda Financial Holdings Limited.
MyBucks S.A. on its sale of its stake in Opportunity Bank Uganda Limited to TLG Capital.
The owner in the world’s most valuable racehorse sale to the leading Middle Eastern racehorse owner.
A UK real estate developer in its joint venture with Teyliom Group in respect of a significant real estate development in Senegal.