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Amy Eliason


Amy is experienced in the areas of equity capital markets, public and private M&A, private equity and general corporate and commercial law. She has advised on numerous M&A deals in various sectors, but with a focus on technology, consumer goods, food & retail, renewable energy and financial services.

Professional QualificationsAttorney of the High Court of South Africa, 2015


  • Advising a Mauritian solar energy company on the merger of its investments in 5 African countries with those of another Mauritian solar energy company through the establishment of, and transfer of their respective businesses to, a newly incorporated Mauritian company.
  • Advising FirstRand Bank Limited on the acquisition of the Slow Lounge business of Kulula.
  • Advising Brait SE on its R5.6billion rights issue.
  • Advising a leading food manufacturing company on its purchase of a confectionery business.
  • Advising Clean Energy Group in the sale of a majority stake in its captive, gas-fired power solutions business in Nigeria to Globeleq, a leading independent power generation company.
  • Advising Brait Mauritius Limited in relation to the sale of its stake in DGB Proprietary Limited, one of South Africa’s leading wine and spirit producers and distributors, to a major South African private equity fund.
  • Advising AFGRI Holdings (Pty) Ltd in its successful bid to acquire the entire stake (99.81%) of the National Bank of Greece S.A. in its subsidiary, the South African Bank of Athens.
  • Advising on the purchase by TMH International LLP of the rolling stock business of DCD Group Proprietary Limited, via its South African subsidiary, TMH Africa Proprietary Limited.
  • Advising a spirits, wines, ciders and ready-to-drink producer and marketer on the acquisition of a 75% shareholding in a premium wine and spirit merchant.
  • Advising a construction company in the selection of two emerging contractors as part of the Voluntary Rebuild Programme in the South African construction sector that will accelerate the racial transformation of the industry and raise combined revenue attributable to black contractors to as much as R27 billion within seven years.
  • Advising a South African bank in relation to a specific repurchase of shares by a JSE listed investment group.
  • Advising a private equity firm in its acquisition of a stake in a South African private company predominantly involved in the health food business.
  • English
  • University of the Witwatersrand, LLB (cum laude), 2012
  • University of the Witwatersrand, Bachelor of Commerce with Honours in Finance, (cum laude), 2010
  • University of Witwatersrand, Bachelor of Commerce, (cum laude), 2009


  • "Is action on Ayo a no-no?", Business Day, 2019.
  • "Crowdfunding and the US$40,000 potato salad", Without Prejudice, 2014
  • "Welcome to South Africa…I think", Without Prejudice, 2013
  • "The Infrastructure Development Bill - under renovation",, 2012

Prior Experience

Before joining DLA Piper in September 2016, Amy completed her articles at Webber Wentzel in 2014 and was appointed as an associate in 2015.

During her time as a candidate attorney at Webber Wentzel, she was elected to be a member of the Webber Wentzel Leadership Network, which established a partnership with the Awethu Project, an organisation which helps underprivileged entrepreneurs to start their own businesses.