Charlie Watson


Charlie Watson is an associate in the Firm's Johannesburg office, where he is a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group. He focuses on corporate and commercial law, particularly on South African legislation such as the Companies Act (2008), the National Credit Act (2005) and the Consumer Protection Act (2008).
Mr. Watson has published six articles in Without Prejudice, a leading South African law magazine, and is a frequent presenter on important legislation and compliance issues. He most recently co-hosted a webinar on the "Essentials of Doing Agribusiness in Sub-Saharan Africa," which was attended by many key clients in the US.

Practice Focus

Mr. Watson mainly advises on corporate and commercial law, focusing on mergers and acquisitions. He is knowledgeable about contentious and non-contentious legal work in South Africa and assists clients in negotiating, closing and obtaining regulatory approvals for their deals.

Mr. Watson handles a broad range of corporate and commercial M&A matters in the mining, energy, agriculture and food industries. He also has extensive experience acting for high-profile clients in complex cross-border and multijurisdictional transactions.

Representative Legal Matters

Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Watson acted on the following matters:

  • Assisted a client in negotiating and drafting main agreements in purchasing an agricultural asset with a transaction value of ZAR1.25 billion from AFGRI Operations Limited.
  • Reviewed and advised on facility documents for Grocat B.V. in its acquisition of a USD45 million credit facility with ABSA Bank.
  • Assisted a client in drafting all main transaction documents (including the facility agreement and security documentation) in the purchase of an agricultural asset with a transaction value of ZAR100 million.
  • Drafted the main sale of shares and claims agreement as well as various ancillary agreements in Clean Energy Africa's purchase of a ZAR60 million natural gas asset.
  • Advised on and drafted the sale of mining right agreement and supporting documentation in Subsaharanenergy's purchase of a ZAR4 million coal asset.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Law Society of the Northern Provinces - Member


  • South Africa (2013)
  • South Africa~South Africa (2013)


  • University of Stellenbosch (Master of Laws LL.M. Mercantile Law) (2008)
  • University of Stellenbosch (Master of Laws LL.M. Mercantile Law) (2008)
  • University of KwaZulu-Natal (Bachelor of Laws) (2007)
  • University of KwaZulu-Natal (Master of Arts) (2007)


  • English