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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's experience includes domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, corporate restructurings, private equity, capital markets, and black economic empowerment and indigenisation transactions. He also advises domestic and multinational companies in relation to their day-to-day corporate governance and regulatory issues.

He is an accomplished domestic and international speaker on the topic of mining law and has been recognised as a 'leading lawyer' in Who's Who Legal (Mining) 2019.

Patrick's recent experience includes advising:

  • Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited in relation to the acquisition of AngloGold Ashanti's Moab Khotsong operations in South Africa
  • CMOC on the acquisition of Freeport's indirect 56% interest in the world-class Tenke Fungurume copper-cobalt mine in DRC for US$2.65 billion
  • acting for a consortium of investors, including Stanlib, WIPHold and the Land and Agricultural Development Bank of South Africa on the acquisition of a majority stake in AFGRI's grain silo infrastructure portfolio and grain business 
  • Nkholi Consolidated Investments in respect of its ZAR 760 million purchase of Peregrine Securities creating Legae Peresec, South Africa’s largest securities trading business
  • Norilsk Nickel in the sale of its US$ 279 million interest in the Nkomati Joint Venture to BCL Limited 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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