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Ashlin Perumall

Baker & McKenzie


Ashlin Perumall is a senior associate in Baker McKenzie's Corporate and M&A Practice Group in Johannesburg. He has acted for local and multi-national companies in a wide range of corporate matters. Ashlin specialises in technology-driven M&A and the corporate, commercial and transactional aspects of intellectual property.

Practice Focus

Ashlin is routinely called to advise on matters involving company law and on-shore or cross-border M&A, corporate structuring as well as transactional work in the technology, media and telecommunication sector, with a focus on the transfer or acquisition of businesses or assets in intellectual property and technology-driven companies.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Advised OLX on the acquisition of (Car Trader (Pty) Ltd), one of the largest online classifieds deals in South Africa.

  • Advised Naspers on the 474,431 shares acquired in South African e-retailer,, acquired from Tiger Global Six T2 Holdings and certain minority shareholders.

  • Advised Naspers on its subscription for 60% of the issued share capital in (We Buy Cars (Pty) Ltd).

  • Advised First Merchant Bank Limited (situated in Malawi) in connection with the acquisition by FMB Capital Holdings Limited of Barclays Bank PLC's interest in Afcarme (situated in Zimbabwe).

  • Advising on and structuring corporate vehicles and legal relationships, as well as navigating regulatory regime for a South African artificial intelligence business.

  • Advised an international UK-based plant breeder on its local licensing structures and exchange control, and assisted in securing an international intellectual property licensing deal.

  • Advising on and structuring agreements and corporate vehicles for Cape Town based cryptocurrency investment business.

  • Advised on and implemented cross-border corporate structures and relationships for an app-based on-demand ride hailing business.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Law Society of South Africa - Member
  • South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law - Member
  • Society for Computers and Law - International Associate Editor


  • South Africa (2013)


  • University of Witwatersrand (Advance Certificate in Company Law) (2015)
  • (LLB) (2010)


  • English