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Patrick Leyden


Patrick is a corporate lawyer practicing across a number of industry sectors, including mining, oil & gas, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, consumer and financial services.



Patrick is a corporate lawyer practicing across a number of industry sectors but specialising in the mining and energy sectors within Sub-Saharan Africa.

His experience includes domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, private equity, corporate restructurings, and black economic empowerment and indigenisation transactions. Patrick regularly advises domestic and multinational companies on corporate governance and compliance issues and has advised a number of international banks on precious metal transactions.

Patrick is an accomplished domestic and international speaker on the topic of mining law. He has been recognised as a 'leading lawyer' in Who's Who Legal (Mining) 2019, 2020 and 2021 and noted in Legal 500 (2021) as a ‘key name’ for mining transactions. He is also the recent recipient of the 2020 Client Choice Award for 'Energy & Natural Resources' in South Africa.

Patrick’s clients have praised him as “pragmatic and commercial” and value his “lightning quick response time and accuracy when handling sophisticated cross-border transactions”. – Who’s Who Legal: Mining 2021.

Patrick's experience includes advising:

  • Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited in relation to the acquisition of AngloGold Ashanti's Mponeng Mine and related operations in South Africa for circa US$300 million
  • Thiess in relation to the acquisition of Basil Read's interest in the Majwe Joint Venture in Botswana and its AUS$1.7 billion contract mining services agreement with Debswana Diamond Company in relation to the Jwaneng Diamond Mine
  • a consortium of investors, including Stanlib, WIPHold and the Land and Agricultural Development Bank of South Africa on the acquisition of a majority stake in AFGRI's grain silo infrastructure portfolio and grain business 
  • Nkholi Consolidated Investments in respect of its ZAR760 million purchase of Peregrine Securities creating Legae Peresec, South Africa’s largest securities trading business
  • CFAO Group in relation to the acquisition of Steinhoff's Southern African auto dealerships division, one of South Africa's largest auto showrooms and a network of trucks dealerships with annual sales of more than 23 billion Rand ($1.6 billion)
  • CMOC on the acquisition of Freeport's indirect 56% interest in the world-class Tenke Fungurume copper-cobalt mine in DRC for US$2.65 billion
  • Norilsk Nickel in the sale of its US$279 million interest in the Nkomati Joint Venture to BCL and the resultant disputes which have emanated from the transaction


Patrick holds BA and LLB degrees from Rhodes University, South Africa.

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