Jeff Buckland adds diverse expertise to our corporate and commercial department. He focuses on all aspects of corporate law, including public and private mergers, acquisitions and disposals, outsourcings, crafting constitutional documents for different types of companies, partnerships, joint ventures and trusts incorporating majority and minority protections, exit strategies and commercial arrangements, corporate restructurings, investments in debt, equity and hybrid instruments, corporate governance, and JSE listing requirements.
He has been involved in establishing numerous South African private equity funds, some with parallel fund structures, and private mezzanine debt funds. He has executed many acquisitions and disposals by private equity funds, including crafting the constitutional documents for portfolio companies.
Chambers Global 2020 - Corporate/M&A: Private Equity:
“Jeff Buckland is best known for his work in the private equity space. He advises various domestic and international investment funds on acquisitions and investments on the African continent, as well as providing counsel on fund formation.”
Chambers Global 2019:
"Jeff Buckland is a well-known figure in the private equity space in South Africa. He counsels various funds on share acquisitions and disposals, including BEE transactions, as well as fund formation, corporate restructuring and IPOs".
Chambers Global 2018:
“Jeff Buckland is noted for his impressive technical abilities, with particular recognition for his work in the private equity space. Commentators describe him as ‘very approachable’ and appreciate his ‘understanding of our business’. His experience includes debt recapitalisation and share acquisition mandates”.
Chambers Global 2017:
“Jeff Buckland impresses clients with his strong technical grasp of the law, in addition to his ‘extremely good business acumen’ and effective negotiating manner. He has a broad practice, but is particularly noted for his understanding of private equity issues, including fund formations and buyouts”.
Areas of focus
Private Equity/Venture capital
Fund structuring & establishment
1985 BCom – University of Stellenbosch
1987 LLB – University of Stellenbosch
1990 LLM (Company Law & Tax) – UNISA
1992 HDip Tax Law - University of Johannesburg
2017–2020 Recommended in Chambers Global for Corporate M&A: Private Equity
2019–2021 Recognised in The Best Lawyers in South Africa for Private Equity Law
2021 Recognised in The Best Lawyers in South Africa for Debt and Equity
2018–2019 Recommended in Legal 500 Commercial, Corporate and M&A
7 July 1992