Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

FinTech Legal Department

South Africa
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What the team is known for Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr are applauded for their industry knowledge in the financial sector, including extensive involvement in corporate transactions, contractual agreements and private equity investments. They provide advice to a diverse range of clients, including corporate clients and emerging FinTech startups, on all aspects of product launch. The firm is particularly noted for its expertise in financial regulation.

Strengths"They have a really good turnaround time and are really excellent in negotiations. They have a very good view of what the industry standard looks like. Very comprehensive in their drafting. They do very good work and we are very happy."

Work highlights Advised Entersekt, the South Africa-based fintech provider focusing on mobile-based security software protection, on a number of licensing and services transactions with overseas customers based in Africa, Europe and the USA.

Notable practitioners


Bridget King
is widely regarded as an expert in derivatives and financial services regulation. She has a substantial public profile in the regulation of cryptocurrencies and tokenised payments.


Christoff Pienaar
is a partner of Cliffe Dekker's FinTech practice and receives praise for his expertise in key legal issues facing the FinTech industry. Peers especially recognise him for his specialist capabilities in data protection and outsourcing.


Preeta Bhagattjee
advises on a wide range of IT and outsourcing issues for clients in the financial and technology sectors. Her knowledge, demeanour and client service are lauded by clients. Sources say: "We really consider her to be an expert in the field in IT law and tech law - she really looks at things comprehensively and practically, and her drafting is excellent. She's always able to draft an agreement that works for all parties involved."