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Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr
South Africa
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Tax and Exchange Control


Gerhard Badenhorst is a Director in our Tax and Exchange Control practice. He is a chartered accountant and specialises in value-added tax (“VAT”) matters in various industries, including the financial services, mining and property industries. Gerhard acts for various private, public and multinational corporations and non-profit organisations. He is a guest lecturer on VAT at the University of Pretoria and the University of the Witwatersrand and serves as a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants VAT sub-committee, and as an ad hoc member of the VAT sub-committee of the Davis Tax Committee.


After completing articles with audit firm BDO Spencer Stewart, Gerhard completed his National Service with the South African Revenue Service. He then joined the tax department of auditing firm Theron du Toit in April 1990 as a tax advisor, and began specialising in Value Added Tax (VAT) when the draft VAT legislation was first released in June 1990. Theron du Toit merged with auditing firm Coopers & Lybrand, where he was admitted as a tax partner responsible for the VAT service line in 1993Coopers & Lybrand merged with Pricewaterhouse to form PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he headed up the national indirect tax practice (VAT & Customs) until December 2003Gerhard joined the tax department of the law firm Sonnenberg Hoffman Galombik (SHG) in January 2004 as a tax executive specialising in VAT.  SHG merged with Edward Nathan to form Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs, where he headed up the indirect tax team until April 2017. Gerhard joined Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr as a Director in May 2017.


  • SAICA (The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants)
  •   SAIT (South African Institute of Tax Practitioners)
  •   Registered Tax Practitioner


  • BCom Accounting, Rand Afrikaans University
  •   BCom Hons Accounting, Rand Afrikaans University
  •   Diploma in Tax Law, Rand Afrikaans University
  •   Masters in Business Management, Rand Afrikaans University
  •   CA (SA), The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants

Lawyer Rankings

South Africa > Tax

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr is the undisputed leader in financial services-related tax issues thanks to the presence of Emil Brincker, who is, arguably, ‘the number one tax adviser‘ in the jurisdiction. He and the team act for many of the major banks and financial institutions in South Africa and have an exceptional record in corporate tax and cross-border M&A, tax litigation, VAT and funds-related tax. Ludwig Smith remains a key name for hybrid financing instruments and preference share funding-related tax issues. Gerhard Badenhorst is a leading VAT expert and Mark Linington is at the forefront of corporate tax and fund formation tax issues.