Annuscha Pillay

Annuscha Pillay

Baker & McKenzie


Annuscha is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Corporate and M&A Practice Group in Johannesburg.

Practice Focus

Annuscha focuses on corporate and commercial law with a particular focus on mergers and acquisitions, black economic empowerment transactions, general corporate finance, mining transactions and cross border transactions.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Advised Glencore Energy UK Limited on all legal aspects relating to the prospective acquisition by it of (i) 75% of the equity and debt interests in Chevron South Africa Proprietary Limited and (ii) 100% of the equity and debt interests in Chevron Botswana Proprietary Limited.

  • Advised Hernic Ferrochrome Proprietary Limited (Hernic) in relation to several significant projects in the mining sector and advised Hernic and its indirect majority shareholder, Mitsubishi Corporation, on all legal aspects relating to the prospective black economic empowerment transaction in terms of which Hernic increased its black economic empowerment shareholding from 15% to 26% (pursuant to the requirements of the Mining Charter and the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act No. 28 of 2002).

  • Advised Denel (SOC) Limited (Denel) in relation to several significant projects, including projects in the aviation, munitions and land systems sectors and on all legal aspects (including the requisite project due diligence and government approvals) relating to the restructuring of Denel. The restructuring in question involved the following projects, each of which were bespoke transactions which were negotiated in the complex international defence sector –
    o Denel Optronics / Carl Zeiss;
    o Denel Aerospace / Airbus;
    o Denel Dynamics / Tawazun (UAE);
    o Denel Munitions / Rheinmetall; and
    o Denel Land Systems / BAE.

  • Advised Petra Diamonds Southern Africa Pty Ltd and various South African subsidiaries in relation to the security package provided by the South African entities within the Petra Diamonds Ltd group as security for the obligations of Petra Diamonds USD Treasury Plc under the USD 300,000,000 senior secured second lien notes issued by Petra Diamonds USD Treasury Plc.

  • Advised Itochu Corporation and CITIC Dameng Holdings Limited in relation to its proposed acquisition of the entire shares and claims held by Jupiter Kalahari Societe Anonyme and Main Street 774 Proprietary Limited in Tshipi é Ntle Manganese Mining Proprietary Limited.

  • Advised Hebei Iron & Steel Group Co. Ltd, Tewoo Group Co. Ltd, General Nice Development Ltd and China-Africa Development Corporation Fund Co. Ltd on their acquisition of Rio Tinto and Anglo American's share in Palabora Mining Company Limited.

  • Advised Anglo American PLC (Anglo) on the disposal by Anglo South Africa Capital Proprietary Limited, Anglo Operations (Australia) Proprietary Limited and Anglo American Luxembourg SÀRL of their respective shareholding interests in Groote Eylandt Mining Company Proprietary Limited, Samancor Holdings Proprietary Limited, Samancor AG and Samancor Marketing Pte. Ltd.

  • Advised Total South Africa Proprietary Limited (Total) in relation to the proposed disposal by the TOSACO Trust and various other black economic empowerment shareholders of 100% of their respective shareholding interest in TOSACO (RF) Proprietary Limited, the black economic empowerment shareholder of Total.

  • Advised Jinchuan Group Ltd and China-Africa Development Fund on their acquisition of 46% of the issued share capital of Wesizwe Platinum Ltd.

  • Advised GD Power Development Co. and China-Africa Development Fund on all legal matters in respect of their proposed joint acquisition of Khanyisa Coal Fired Power Project situated at the Kleinkopje colliery in Mpumalanga.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Law Society of the Northern Provinces - Member


  • South Africa (2006)


  • (LLM) (2006)
  • (LLB) (2004)


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