Derrick is a commercial lawyer with over two decades’ experience in high level Corporate and Commercial transactional advisory work. Formerly a director in the commercial departments of Werksmans Inc. and Fluxmans Inc. and a director of Nucleus Corporate Advisors (Proprietary) Limited, Derrick went on to establish his own boutique corporate advisory business called Kaufmann Capital and Corporate Advisers.

Derrick has extensive experience in corporate legal and advisory work specialising largely in Mergers and Acquisitions, restructurings, legal risk management and general transaction work. Derrick’s knowledge and experience in the mergers and acquisitions environment (including competition law and JSE regulatory work) sees Derrick bringing much value to the team. Derrick has also been actively involved in the corporate finance and capital raising.

Derrick’s exposure to high level transactional work and the experience which he has consequently gained in his capacity as advisor on such transactions has placed Derrick in a unique category of advisors and sees him well placed to add significant value to our successful team of professionals.


On a more specific note, Derrick has advised multinationals, listed entities and other large corporates on numerous aspects including covering mergers and acquisitions, capital raising, restructuring, disposals and the like, such as:

  • Advised Super Group Limited in its R1 Billion rights offer and its R3 Billion Debt Restructure

  • Advisor to Super Group Limited in respect of securitization of the Autozone and Micor debtors books and the subsequent unwinding thereof

  • Listing of Telkom Limited

  • Listing of Xstrata Plc

  • Advisor to Rebserve on the Mvelaphanda reverse listing/merger

  • Steinhoff International Holdings Limited on its international offering of shares for cash

  • Equity Estates in relation to its management buy-out of African Life Properties

  • The refinancing of Sage Group Limited

  • Various acquisitions and disposals by Edgars

  • Consolidated Stores Limited (as it then was)

  • Xtrata Plc (in particular in relation to its listing on the London Stock Exchange)

  • Rebserve Limited in its merger with Mvelaphanda Holdings (Proprietary) Limited

  • PSV Holdings Limited in its acquisition of Rand Air and Gas

  • Panalpina Worldwide in its acquisition of SkyServices

  • Jones Lang LaSalle

  • Ellies Holdings Ltd

  • Grant Thornton

  • WPP Group plc

  • Sinosteel

  • DRA Group International


  • B.Com, University of Witwatersrand (1996)

  • LLB, Stellenbosch University (1998)

  • Certificate in Company Law, University of the Witwatersrand (2012)

  • LLM (International Economic Law), University of South Africa (2018)


Competed in, and winner of the Stellenbosch University moot court competition, adjudicated by inter alia, the Honourable Justice L Ackermann of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, and the Honourable Justice F Brand of the Cape High Court. Selected to represent a contingent of South African universities at the All Africa moot court competition held in Kampala, Uganda. While at Stellenbosch, Derrick was:

  • selected to sit on the Juridical Society ("Juriediese Vereeniging") at the University of Stellenbosch as Deputy Chairman

  • a member on the Law Faculty Council at the University of Stellenbosch

  • a member on the University of Stellenbosch Academic Affairs Committee ("Akademiese Belange Raad")

Events & Publications

  • Spoke at East African Lawyers Association in Uganda 2018

  • Spoke at the Practice Management for Attorneys Conference 2015

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