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Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr
South Africa
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Work Department

Corporate and Commercial


Johan Latsky is an Executive Consultant in our Corporate and Commercial practice. Johan specialises in legal projects mainly in the fields of securities and exchanges, mergers and acquisitions; as well as financial services regulation, including banking, taxation, structured and project finance.


Johan became a partner of a major Johannesburg law firm in 1985. In 1994 he joined Hofmeyr (now Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr) as Director before leaving to join Gensec Bank in 1998.

Johan re-joined the firm as a Director in 2004, after five years as the General Manager: Special Projects of Gensec Bank. Until its restructuring, Gensec Bank was an investment bank in the Sanlam Group specialising as a wholesale provider of financial engineering solutions in the capital markets. While at Gensec, Johan was Chairman of the Bank’s Credit Forum as well as the New Deal Committee where new, risky or large financial products and transactions were considered prior to implementation. He is one of the pioneers in establishing debt securitisation and credit derivative techniques in the South African banking sector.

Johan has made significant contributions to the process of transformation in South Africa, particularly in the field of land reform. After the 1994 democratic elections, the ministries of Housing and Land affairs commissioned him to overhaul South Africa’s planning and tenure frameworks in order to expedite development and cut through the apartheid mosaic of former racial zones. This resulted in the adoption of the Development Facilitation Act No 67 of 1996 by Parliament in 1996. He served as a Commissioner on the Development and Planning Commission established by the Minister of Land Affairs under that Act.


  • Law Society of the Northern Provinces


  • BA LLB, University of Stellenbosch
  • Year of admission as an attorney: 1985

Lawyer Rankings

South Africa > Commercial, corporate and M&A

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr continues to be at the forefront of listed company transactions in South Africa with strong teams in both Johannesburg and Cape Town. It is also building its presence in private equity deals, is ‘accessible and has a wide range of skills‘. Clients include Abraaj Group, Anglo American, Arcelormittal South Africa, Burger King, Dell, FirstRand and Heineken. It advised Sinopec, the Chinese oil giant, on its acquisition of 75% of Chevron’s downstream oil assets in South Africa and Botswana. Willem Jacobs is ‘practical, solutions oriented and cost conscious‘ and David Pinnock is ‘personable‘, ‘gets the job done‘ and is recommended for private equity transactions. Johan Latsky, Peter Hesseling and Lilia Franca are also highly rated.