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Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

Tax

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

Distinguished firm with leading tax expertise and a deeply respected team. Has noteworthy experience acting for top-tier domestic clients as well as significant international conglomerates on complex contentious and non-contentious tax matters. Impresses with the breadth of its practice across the entire spectrum of tax work and increasingly involved in litigious and transfer pricing matters. Frequently retained by clients hailing from the energy and financial services industries, and noted for its skill in handling both domestic and cross-border mandates.

Strengths

One client explained: "What I like about them is their ability to be flexible around solving issues. They don't try to put square pegs into round holes - they take the time to know what we need."

Other sources praise the firm's "excellent tax team," with one saying: "They demonstrate great team work."

Work highlights

Acted for Old Mutual Private Equity on the tax aspects of its acquisition of a majority stake in Footgear.

Notable practitioners

The "eminent" Emil Brincker is an "absolute authority in the field of tax," enthused one commentator, calling him "unmatched" in this area. Skilled in both planning and tax controversy, he has represented an impressive range of corporate and institutional clients.

Gerhard Badenhorst continues to be recognised as South Africa's foremost VAT expert, representing the interests of an array of standout clients in the energy and financial sectors.

Seasoned practitioner Ludwig Smith receives praise from sources as a "technically astute and proactive" adviser who has "incredible experience in the tax and banking space." A skilled financial services lawyer, he is also often engaged to advise corporate clients on interactions with revenue authorities.

Mark Linington is an "excellent adviser" who is renowned for providing a range of corporate tax services, encompassing M&A, restructuring and disposals. He is also well respected for his activity in the private equity space, advising on fund formation and investments.

Stephan Spamer provides transactional tax guidance to clients on both domestic and cross-border matters, with experience covering acquisitions and fund establishments. "He is incredibly knowledgeable about his field," extolled one source, adding: "His knowledge extends to multiple disciplines, and he acts as a co-ordinator for other areas."

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Overview

In a complex environment, our specialist lawyers and practitioners provide clear and practical business solutions. Tax and exchange control is a highly regulated area, carefully monitored and strictly enforced by the authorities. In this environment, planning, implementing and reporting on significant business transactions is best undertaken with a clear understanding of the tax consequences and under the protection of legal professional privilege.

Our Tax and Exchange Control practice provides advice on a wide variety of tax and exchange control matters, both in the local and international context. We provide tax planning as well as tax structuring and transaction related services. We are also actively involved in tax dispute resolution and we assist clients in resolving their disputes with the South African Revenue Service (SARS). A number of our client disputes have recently been heard and settled favourably in the Tax Court and the Supreme Court of Appeal.

We also keep our clients informed of anticipated changes in tax laws and practice to help them manage and take advantage of developments on the tax front. We work on tax matters on an individual basis, or as part of a team of lawyers from across our firm’s practice areas in corporate transactions. We are therefore able to provide a commercially integrated service in order to ensure efficiency from inception to implementation.

Tax

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

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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

Tax


Emil Brincker
Band 1
Ludwig Smith
Band 3
Stephan Spamer
Band 3

Tax: Consultants


Mark Linington
Band 1

Tax: Indirect Tax


Gerhard Badenhorst
Band 1