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Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

Corporate/M&A

6 ranked lawyersBand 1South AfricaGlobal 2021 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Highly regarded for its handling of major M&A and PE transactions in South Africa. Additionally sought out for its counsel on corporate restructurings and shareholder rearrangements. Possesses an excellent track record in the healthcare, consumer goods and financial services sectors, assisting domestic and multinational clients with high-value transactions, often with cross-border elements. Offers additional experience in real estate and telecoms. Frequently acts for dual-listed companies and investment funds, and on black economic empowerment (BEE) initiatives.

Strengths

"They are a top-tier firm in South Africa," explained one source, adding: "Their advice is trusted and their style is well suited to our needs."

Other commentators hail the group as "professional and solutions-oriented," praising its "ability to be flexible around solving issues."

Work highlights

Advised Lebashe on the ZAR1 billion acquisition of a portion of the media and broadcasting business of Tiso Blackstar, covering South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya.

Notable practitioners

David Pinnock is praised as an "engaging, pragmatic and commercially-minded lawyer" by one source, while another said: "He is very approachable and willing to assist at all times." A versatile corporate lawyer, he is instructed by a number of PE houses for his advice on M&A, restructuring and divestments.

Cape Town-based David Thompson is "an excellent lawyer and a clear leader of the team," according to one client. He continues to feature on cross-border acquisitions and assists with a range of property and infrastructure-related investments.

Ian Hayes maintains his impressive reputation in the South African market, with an enviable portfolio of blue-chip clients in mining, telecoms and the retail sector. In addition to his transactional skills, he possesses additional experience advising clients on major restructuring plans. He returned to Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr in early 2021.

Seasoned practitioner Johan Latsky is well respected in South Africa for his experience handling a range of corporate activities, including acquisitions and capital markets transactions. He has further expertise in financial services regulation and is an executive consultant at the firm.

Peter Hesseling is an experienced transactional and corporate finance lawyer with a particularly strong track record of acting for real estate and property investors. He has also been retained for his assistance with BEE transactions, corporate restructuring and equity raising.

Willem Jacobs is recognised for his skill in a range of corporate deals, including M&A, investments and BEE transactions. His formidable client roster features prominent telecoms players as well as notable PE houses. One source said: "He is incredibly efficient and his drafting is superb."

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Overview

Our corporate team has more than 50 qualified lawyers whose primary responsibility and expertise is transactional work. At Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, we have one of South Africa’s largest corporate and commercial practices and offer the full suite of services required to deliver strategic legal support on transactional work.

Our Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) lawyers work seamlessly to coordinate complex transactions, deal with regulatory requirements, advice on tax matters and prepare all required documents. We draw on first-hand local knowledge and global expertise to translate international legal and business trends into commercial solutions producing results aligned to your strategic objectives. We combine market knowledge with a thorough understanding of your business to deliver advice that is practical, constructive and cost-effective.

 In African markets, we are able to flag potential pitfalls in each country, advise on cultural differences and nuances, offer vital auxiliary advice, such as competition and employment law, and manage the most demanding of due diligence exercises. We are able to project manage complex cross-border corporate activity, meaning you benefit from a single point of contact with a trusted adviser who understands your business and objectives. 

No transaction is too large or too complex for us to manage. We have the resources locally, nationally and internationally to meet your needs, wherever you do business and whatever the size of your transaction.

Corporate/M&A

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

firm
Location

Johannesburg Regional Office

1 Protea Place

Sandown

Sandton

Gauteng

South Africa

2196

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Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

South Africa

Corporate/M&A


David Thompson
Band 4
Ian Hayes
Band 1
Johan Latsky
Band 4
Peter Hesseling
Band 2
Willem Jacobs
Band 2

Corporate/M&A: Private Equity


David Pinnock
Band 1