DP World’s Proposed Acquisition of Imperial Logistics

Clifford Chance and Webber Wentzel advised DP World on the deal.

DP World proposed the acquisition (by way of scheme of arrangement) of JSE-listed Imperial Logistics, a logistics and market access solutions provider with operations across Africa and Europe.

The acquisition of Imperial provides significant strategic value by complementing the DP World group’s existing footprint in Africa and Europe and enabling DP World to deliver an end-to-end solution to cargo owners across a wide and highly competitive market.

The Clifford Chance team drew expertise from various practice groups and offices across its network and was supported by South African local counsel, Webber Wentzel.

The Clifford Chance team was led by partners Deniz Tas (Picture -Dubai Corporate), Tim Lewis (London Corporate) and Robin Abraham (Dubai/London Finance). The partners were assisted by a core team of associates including senior associates Zahra Shahab (Dubai Corporate), Bola Coker (Dubai Finance), Monica Gemes (London Corporate) and Rizwan Butt (Dubai Corporate); associates Tammie Le (Dubai Corporate) and Holly Anderson (London Corporate); and trainee Megan Hodges (Dubai Corporate). They were assisted by: Antitrust: Greg Olsen (partner, London), Stavroula Vryna (senior associate, London), Michael Rueter (senior associate, London), Mehjabin Ahmed (associate, London), Josh Kennion (associate, London) and Sophie Scholl (associate, London).
Wider corporate/M&A: Thomas Krecek (partner, Frankfurt), Jeroen Thijssen (partner, Amsterdam), Tariq Imam (partner, Dubai), Paolo Sersale (partner, Milan), Niek De Pauw (partner, Brussels), Pieter De Bock (counsel, Brussels), Natalie Hemberger (associate, Frankfurt), Sanne Blankestijn (associate, Amsterdam), Carolina Ribaldone (associate, Milan) and Thijs Legters (PSL, Amsterdam). Incentives: Andrew Patterson (partner, London), Lauren Evans (senior associate, London) and Rishiv Rathore (associate, London). Employment and Pensions: Chinwe Chapman-Odimba (partner, London), Sarah McAleer (partner, London), Ines Keitel (partner, Frankfurt), Amy Bird (senior associate, London), Matthew Preston (senior associate, London), Eleanor Griffin (associate, London) and Dr. Ines Marin (senior associate, Munich). Environment: Nigel Howorth (partner, London) and Jamie Salsman (associate, London). IP: Vanessa Marsland (partner, London). Litigation: Arun Visweswaran (senior associate, Dubai) and Lana Ristic (associate, Dubai). AML/Sanctions: George Kleinfeld (partner, Washington), Patricia Barratt (director, London), and Holly Bauer (associate, Washington).

The Webber Wentzel team was led by corporate partners Gareth Driver and Seraj Haroun.
 

Involved fees earner: Robin Abraham – Clifford Chance; Mehjabin Ahmed – Clifford Chance; Holly Anderson – Clifford Chance; Patricia Barratt – Clifford Chance; Holly Bauer – Clifford Chance; Amy Bird – Clifford Chance; Sanne Blankestijn – Clifford Chance; Rizwan Butt – Clifford Chance; Chinwe Chapman-Odimba – Clifford Chance; Bola Coker – Clifford Chance; Pieter de Bock – Clifford Chance; Niek De Pauw – Clifford Chance; Lauren Evans – Clifford Chance; Monica Gemes – Clifford Chance; Eleanor Griffin – Clifford Chance; Natalie Hemberger – Clifford Chance; Nigel Howorth – Clifford Chance; Tariq Imam – Clifford Chance; Ines Keitel – Clifford Chance; Josh Kennion – Clifford Chance; George Kleinfeld – Clifford Chance; Thomas Krecek – Clifford Chance; Tammie Le – Clifford Chance; Tim Lewis – Clifford Chance; Ines Marin – Clifford Chance; Vanessa Marsland – Clifford Chance; Sarah McAleer – Clifford Chance; Greg Olsen – Clifford Chance; Andrew Patterson – Clifford Chance; Matthew Preston – Clifford Chance; Rishiv Rathore – Clifford Chance; Carolina Ribaldone – Clifford Chance; Lana Ristic – Clifford Chance; Michael Rueter – Clifford Chance; Jamie Salsman – Clifford Chance; Sophie Scholl – Clifford Chance; Paolo Sersale – Clifford Chance; Zahra Shahab – Clifford Chance; Deniz Tas – Clifford Chance; Jeroen Thijssen – Clifford Chance; Arun Visweswaran – Clifford Chance; Stavroula Vryna – Clifford Chance;

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