• Khetha Shezi - good to work with.
    Legal 500 (UK) 2024

Overview

Khetha is an Associate in the Financial Services and Regulatory team and is based in Jersey.

He is an accomplished corporate attorney with extensive experience in general corporate and commercial law, due diligence, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions transactions and regulatory matters across a broad spectrum of industries including mining, infrastructure, pharmaceutical, telecommunications, renewable energy and the public sector. Khetha also has strong expertise in structuring and negotiating a wide variety of contracts, agreements, transactions and legal relationships.

Experience

Khetha has been practising as an attorney for the past eight years. He began his legal career at ENSafrica, which is Africa's largest law firm, before joining Pinsent Masons in South Africa.

Khetha has advised on a number of key transactions including:

  • a leading German multinational conglomerate company in the acquisition of the business of its key customer;
  • a leading software business with the purchase of another software business that is primarily based in the UK with two subsidiaries in South Africa;
  • a leading Spanish multinational corporation on how to go about disposing of its equity in a special purpose vehicle responsible for the construction of a major solar thermal plant in South Africa;
  • the South African subsidiary of a leading Dutch multinational technology company headquartered in Amsterdam currently operating in the healthcare and lighting sectors with the restructuring of its shareholding; and
  • one of the top five largest transportation companies in the world, currently operating and maintaining one of the most cutting edge rail system in South Africa with a transaction wherein they increased their shareholding in the South African entity they hold equity in.

Khetha can offer advice on marketing to investors and raising capital in Jersey.

"I pride myself in taking the time to know the intricate details of the client's business so as to ensure I offer client sound and practical advice."

Memberships

Law Society of South Africa

 

*admitted in Pretoria, South Africa

Business Assistant
Liz Putt  
My services
Corporate acquisitions and takeovers
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Our team has a wealth of experience advising on all aspects of corporate acquisitions providing seamless support from agreeing heads of terms all the way through to completion.

Corporate advisory
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Successfully navigating the modern global business environment, taking advantage of opportunities as they arise while avoiding legal and regulatory pitfalls, is a challenge for any entrepreneur, business or corporation.

As commercially minded lawyers committed to providing a high quality and cost-effective service we understand those challenges and, more importantly, seek to turn them into opportunities.

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Corporate governance and shareholder relations
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Good corporate governance and a sound understanding of directors duties is critical. Regardless of size, establishing a best practice approach should be fundamental to all boards. The board of directors are responsible for ensuring the company achieves its objectives and the corporate governance framework they adhere to should underpin their accountability to the company and its members.

We advise company boards in relation to both the non-contentious and contentious aspects of shareholder relations with a focus on corporate governance to prevent contentious issues arising. We have also advised both boards and activist shareholders in relation to highly contentious general meetings and associated issues arising out of investor actions.

Thanks to the depth of our experience and the resources of our team, we've acted on some of the largest pieces of litigation brought against directors offshore. We are well placed to deal with the 'bet the farm' proceedings that can occur in these type of disputes and have represented parties involved in intra-company disputes, including executive, non-executive and independent directors, majority and minority shareholders, companies and liquidators. We understand that shareholder disputes are often not black and white and our team finds innovative and commercial alternatives to those which the Court may offer – taking a collaborative approach with our clients to ensure that the right result is achieved.

Due-diligence
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Our experienced team will handle the due diligence process, from initial requests for information and documentation, transitioning to the review phase, making further requisitions as necessary and producing a comprehensive due diligence report setting out key issues and areas for risk mitigation.

Investment fund formation
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Our uniquely diverse practice regularly assists with the establishment of both open and closed-ended fund structures. In addition to traditional Channel Island private equity and real estate structures and Caribbean hedge funds, we have advised on a number of alternative and esoteric classes. We work alongside our clients to understand their investment thesis and provide bespoke drafting to build the fund they want as opposed to generic template structures and documentation. We advise clients at every step of the process, including preparing offer documents, investor negotiations, the preparation of agreements, and in the closing of transactions.

Mergers, amalgamations and schemes of arrangement
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We provide expert legal support on both local and cross border amalgamations of regulated and unregulated companies and work closely with our dispute resolution team on local schemes of arrangement.

Mergers and acquisitions
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We regularly act in relation to significant mergers and acquisitions activity in our jurisdictions, whether as lead counsel for strictly local matters or as part of an international team for multi-jurisdictional transactions.

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Structuring
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Offshore vehicles are used for a huge range of purposes either standing alone or as part of large multi-jurisdictional structures. Our highly commercial team specialises in advising clients on the most effective uses of such vehicles and their on-going operation, including normal and cellular companies as well as foundations, unit trusts, limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships, segregated portfolio and restricted purpose companies.  We are able to advise what jurisdiction among the "Big Four" that we advise on will best suit our client's needs and regularly advise on solvent restructuring by way of merger, consolidation, continuation or balance sheet optimisation as well as court based corporate procedures such as schemes and plans of arrangement.

7 Mar 2023

Marketing to investors and raising capital in Jersey

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Collas Crill advises Copper Street

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Jersey's winding up regime

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