Director – BA LLB LLM (UCT)
Adrian entered the profession in 1998 upon graduating with a Masters degree in Company Law and International Law at the University of Cape Town, with a semester at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. In addition to his LLB degree and an LLM degree, Adrian has obtained a degree in economics. He was admitted in 2001 and he established our law firm in 2008.
His practice is centred on corporate finance and general commercial contracts, drawing on his past experiences as a commercial litigant at Webber Wentzel Bowens, seven years as a financial professional and investment banker in London, and his time as a corporate attorney at ENSafrica (previously called Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs).
Adrian’s experience is varied and wide, and he particularly thrives on his involvement in both local and international corporate and financial transactions – across Africa and Europe, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East as well as in South Africa. He advises clients across the spectrum, from early-stage start ups (from their general contracts to the terms of their investment financing) to medium/ large corporates (their operating agreements, capital structures, fundraising projects). He advises and sits on the boards of directors of various clients. This is largely due to his ethos of ensuring that clients’ interests drive the firm’s energy and ensuring that his understanding of clients’ needs and their relationship with the firm is prioritised above all else.
His transactional experience includes various Venture Capital arrangements, Private Equity transactions, Joint Venture deals – and the related Sale of Shares, Shareholder Agreements, Partnerships (incorporated and unincorporated) and commercial terms of service. He has extensive experience in operational/ sales agreements, having acted for Cisco Systems across Africa.
Adrian and his wife Elaine have three children and they adventure together in the great outdoors at every opportunity.