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Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

1 PROTEA PLACE, SANDTON, JOHANNESBURG 2196, SOUTH AFRICA
Tel:
Work +27 11 562 1000
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Fax +27 11 562 1111
Email:
Web:
www.cliffedekkerhofmeyr.com
Cape Town, Johannesburg

South Africa

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr is noted for advising mid-sized lenders and large borrowers. It has experienced growth in regulatory issues, derivatives and restructurings, and an increasing flow of work from DFIs. Preshan Singh-Dhulam and Mashudu Mphafudi advised the Development Bank of Southern Africa on a R10.5bn debt facility, R356m equity loan funding and R448m BEE financing to the Kathu Solar Park Project. The β€˜world-class’ team has β€˜high levels of expertise and integrity’. Deon Wilken leads the group, which includes the eminent Ludwig Smith, a leader in preference share and equity funding who β€˜has an encyclopaedic knowledge of South Africa tax law, company law and banking legislation’. Pierre Swart is recommended for DCM and Bridget King for derivatives. Project finance specialist Biddy Faber has joined Herbert Smith Freehills South Africa LLP.

Leading individuals

Ludwig Smith - Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr maintains a strong market share of listed company deals and has grown its presence in cross-border and international transactions, especially in the healthcare, life sciences and telecoms sectors. Real estate transactions are another forte and private equity is a growth segment, especially since the arrival of fund formation specialist John Gillmer from Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc. The practice advised New Europe Property Investments, the listed real estate fund, on its merger with Rockcastle Global Real Estate and the new entity’s listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE). The β€˜superb’ team is β€˜responsive, knowledgeable and easy to work with’. Practice head Willem Jacobs has β€˜great personal skills’; Peter Hesseling is a leader in the Cape Town market; Johan Latsky is hugely experienced; David Pinnock is recommended for private equity; and Lilia Franca is β€˜active and ethical’ and β€˜has perfect drafting and communications skills’. Cape Town’s Gasant Orrie is β€˜knowledgeable and unflappable’ and Verushca Pillay is β€˜quick and decisive’ and praised for her Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) regulations expertise.

Leading individuals

Willem Jacobs - Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

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Competition
Competition - ranked: tier 2

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr has impressed in conduct and investigations matters, while maintaining an impressive market share of mergers (including major public interest mergers) and disputes. It has a range of blue-chip and multinational clients. The team has β€˜very good industry knowledge’ and β€˜works quickly to identify the key facts in each transaction’. The group advised The Coca-Cola Company on exercising its call option over SABMiller’s majority stake in Coca-Cola Beverages Africa. Department head Chris Charter, Andries le Grange and Natalie von Ey all impress. Lara Granville joined from Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc.

Leading individuals

Chris Charter - Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr remains a leader in non-contentious work, thanks in part to the presence of Jurg van Dyk, who is β€˜a great front-end lawyer’, β€˜understands construction’, β€˜has knowledge across the various standard forms’ and is β€˜smart with great judgement’. He led the team that advised New Southern Energy on the construction of a 660MW coal-fired power plant in Zimbabwe. Joe Whittle is a β€˜very good practitioner’ and impresses in litigation along with Timothy Baker. Disputes specialist Jonathan Ripley-Evans has joined Herbert Smith Freehills South Africa LLP.

Leading individuals

Jurg van Dyk - Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr remains at the forefront of major disputes, including in the energy, mining, infrastructure, telecoms and retail sectors. The firm represented ArcellorMittal in a damages action against MTN and Southern Sun relating to the removal and replacement of cellular phone masts at Vanderbijlpark. Other clients include 4 Africa Exchange, Eskom and Tsebo Solutions. Department head Tim Fletcher is β€˜commercial, level-headed and smart from a strategy perspective’; executive consultant Jonathan Witts-Hewinson is β€˜exceptional’ and β€˜his professionalism is unparalleled’; Rishaban Moodley, Eugene Bester and business rescue expert Julian Jones are also recommended. The β€˜very business focused’ Jonathan Ripley-Evans, who β€˜thinks outside the box,’ has joined Herbert Smith Freehills South Africa LLP.

Leading individuals

Tim Fletcher - Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr is noted for its expertise in transport and logistics, mining, public sector, financial services, mining and retail work and continually impresses in retrenchment exercises, restructurings strikes and collective bargaining. The team recently represented Eskom, the electricity utility, in an equal pay dispute. Fiona Leppan is a mining sector expert, Hugo Pienaar is noted for transport and logistics matters and Aadil Patel has extensive public sector and the parastatals experience. Cape Town’s Gillian Lumb is also highly respected.

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Mining
Mining - ranked: tier 2

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr has a fine record in transactions and regulatory matters; it has an especially strong reputation in the platinum sector. The team is β€˜professional’, β€˜sound’ and β€˜understands the industry’. The department advised Northam Platinum on its R1bn acquisition of a portion of the Amandelbult Mine from Anglo American Platinum. Allan Reid is noted for regulatory matters, along with Giada Masina who β€˜knows the mining industry very well’. Environmental expert Terry Winstanley is β€˜strong, passionate and sticks to her guns in trying circumstances’.

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 2

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr is recognised for energy and oil and gas projects. The team has seen growth in upstream oil and gas projects in southern Africa; Megan Rodgers is β€˜probably the best oil and gas lawyer this side of the Sahara’ according to one client. Jay Govender is advising the Ethiopian government on the procurement process for a 100MW solar PV project and a 260MW hydroelectric power project, and Emma Dempster is described as a β€˜first class’ energy lawyer. The team lost project finance specialist Biddy Faber to Herbert Smith Freehills South Africa LLP and infrastructure expert Claire Barclay to Pinsent Masons LLP.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr remains at the forefront of acquisitions and disposals, commercial and residential developments in Johannesburg and Cape Town, the development of REITs in South Africa, and is also building its name in sub-Saharan Africa. The β€˜excellent’ team has β€˜great knowledge’ and provides β€˜focused attention’ on clients. The firm advised Waterfall CBD Regional Office Park on a development lease connected to the construction of a 28-storey office building on multiple properties. Attie Pretorius is β€˜legendary’ in β€˜landmark and very complex transactions’. William Midgley is β€˜commercially minded’ and brings β€˜a wealth of experience to property transactions’. Department head John Webber and Lucia Erasmus are recommended for development work.

Leading individuals

Attie Pretorius - Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

William Midgley - Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

Considered a β€˜one-stop shop’ for tax advice, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr β€˜has hired strongly’ of late, most recently bringing in Gerhard Badenhorst, β€˜the leading VAT expert in South Africa’, from ENSafrica. Department head Emil Brincker is β€˜number one’ and β€˜the leading tax authority in South Africa’, according to clients, having been pivotal to the practice’s ability to attract a range of financial institutional and corporate clients and advising on a series of major corporate restructurings. Mark Linington is recommended for transactional tax and private equity fund formation. Ludwig Smith is a leader in funding transactions, including preference share transactions. Corporate tax specialist Dries Hoek is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Emil Brincker - Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

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