Mike van Rensburg

Michael (Mike) van Rensburg

Baker & McKenzie


Mike van Rensburg is a partner and head of Baker McKenzie's Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group in Johannesburg.

Practice Focus

Mike routinely represents and advises domestic and multinational clients across a range of industry sectors, on mergers and acquisitions (public and private), IPOs and private placements, corporate finance and structuring, commercial property transactions, global re-organisations/restructurings, post-acquisition integrations and Black Economic Empowerment transactions.

He has specific experience and expertise in cross-border transactional work into Africa.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Advised Glencore Operations South Africa on its sale to JSE-listed Wescoal Holdings Limited, of certain coal mining assets and associated land.
  • Acted for Viettel Global Investments JSC in relation to its acquisition from Bitmap Pte. Ltd. of a 65% interest in Epocha and Golden Ocean (Tanzania) Limited, a mobile operator in Tanzania.
  • Acted as South African counsel to Diageo plc in its acquisition from Pestello Investments Inc, of United National Breweries, a South African sorghum beer manufacturer and distributor.
  • Represented Equinix Inc. in its proposed acquisition of Teraco Data Environments.
  • Advised Daily Mail Group Events International on all aspects of its acquisition of 100% of the shares in Exhibition Management Services (Pty) Ltd.
  • Advised China Investment Corporation on the ZAR 8 billion merger between Shanduka Group (Pty) Ltd and Pembani Group (Pty) Ltd.
  • Advised Nokia Solutions and Networks South Africa on all aspects of its 30.1% Black Economic Empowerment transaction with Sekunjalo Investment Holdings.
  • Represented Tadawul-listed Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma'aden) in its proposed acquisition of 85% of the shares in Meridian Consolidated Investments Limited, a Mauritius headquartered fertilizer manufacturer, retailer and distributor with operations in Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
  • Acted for CBRE in the merger between CBRE Limited and Excellerate Property Services of their respective businesses in South Africa, MENA and 19 Sub-Saharan African Countries, into two commercial real estate services joint ventures covering South Africa, MENA and Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Represented US-headquartered The Livekindly Company, Inc., a global plant-based food company, in its c. ZAR 1 billion acquisition of (i) Fry Group Foods (the largest plant based food manufacturer and distributor in SA) and (ii) Fry's International Holdings with operating subsidiaries in Australia, UK and Germany.

Professional Honors

  • Included in Best Lawyers for South Africa 2018 - 2020 for Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Ranked in IFLR1000 (Mergers & Acquisitions) 2018, 2020

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Law Society of Northern Provinces - Member


  • South Africa (1998)


  • University of Pretoria (LL.B.) (1995)
  • University of Pretoria (BL.C.) (1993)


  • Afrikaans
  • English