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Rob Cant


Rob provides a world class level of service

IFLR 1000 2014

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About Rob Cant

Rob is co-head of the firm’s Africa group and has over a decade of experience advising clients across the spectrum of corporate matters, with a particular focus on cross-border transactions involving Africa, the Middle East and Turkey.

Rob has been recognised by all of the leading legal directories and has developed a reputation of being a go-to lawyer for the leading financial sponsors, including private equity houses, sovereign wealth funds and government related entities.

Recent work

  • Advising Ajinomoto, Japan's largest food company, on its $532m acquisition of a 33.33 per cent stake in Promasidor, a major seasonings and processed foods manufacturer that conducts business in 36 countries across Africa. Read more about the deal in our case study.
  • Advising The Abraaj Group on its acquisition of a significant minority stake in Indorama Fertilizers, the largest urea fertiliser manufacturer in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Advising Gulf Capital on its agreement to acquire a majority stake in Geidea, the leading payment solutions business in Saudi Arabia.
  • Advising China’s HNA Aviation Group on its agreement to acquire a majority stake in SR Technics, a Swiss aircraft-maintenance service provider, from Mubadala.
  • Advising Warburg Pincus and General Atlantic on their acquisition of 49 per cent of Network International, a leading payments processing business focused on the Middle East and Africa.
  • Advising International Finance Corporation (IFC), the IFC African Latin American and Caribbean Fund and The Abraaj Group on the sale of their shares in Saham Finances, the largest insurance group in Africa outside of South Africa, to Sanlam and the Saham Group.
  • Advising KAMCO Investment Company, one of the largest asset managers in the Gulf region, on its agreement to acquire c. 70% of the shares of Global Investment House.
  • Advising TPG and The Abraaj Group on their investment into Kudu, a Saudi Arabian restaurant group.
  • Advising Warburg Pincus on its acquisition of Dubai-based specialist IT software, development and solutions business, Mercator, from dnata, a subsidiary of the Emirates group.
  • Advising the selling shareholders on the sale of National Petroleum Services to a consortium including Fajr Capital and the Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation.


Professional qualifications

  • Solicitor, England and Wales (2006)