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Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

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

South Africa

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr remains noted for preference share fundings, derivatives, structured lending and bank regulatory matters. It advised Harmony Gold on a $200m equity take out bridge loan facility to fund part of the acquisition of the Moab Khotsong and Great Noligwa Mines from Anglo Gold Ashanti. Deon Wilken heads the department, which also includes seasoned figure Ludwig Smith, DCM specialist Pierre Swart and derivatives expert Bridget King.

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 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.

Leading individuals

Willem Jacobs - Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

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Competition
Competition - ranked: tier 2

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr mixes a solid background in mergers with a growing presence in enforcement matters. It defended Uniplate in alleged abuse of dominance proceedings brought by the Competition Commission and represented Vodacom in the Commission's market inquiry into the price of data. The team 'has very strong technical knowledge coupled with strong commercial insight', and stands out for its 'excellent professional service delivery and proactive risk management and advice'. Chris Charter is 'smart and thoughtful' and Andries le Grange is 'invaluable in merger applications' thanks to his 'sound industry knowledge'. Lara Granville is an emerging talent.

Leading individuals

Chris Charter - Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr has led the market in renewable energy front-end work and government-side construction disputes. It is now increasingly active in non-energy matters and engagements outside of South Africa. It advised New Southern Energy on the development and construction of a 660MW coal-fired power plant in Zimbabwe. The team has 'a very good composition of fields of know-how', 'a good understanding of commercial aspects' and 'a great readiness to help with short deadlines'. Jurg van Dyk is a front-end leader, Emma Dempster is recommended for solar-rooftop projects and Joe Whittle is a key name for construction disputes.

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 has grown its presence in forensics, investigations and white-collar crime work. It acted for Media24 in an application launched by the Centre for Child Law and others seeking to extend the protection from identification applicable in criminal matters to all underage victims of crime. The 'top-notch' Tim Fletcher leads the team, which includes prominent mining disputes expert Rishaban Moodley, banking disputes expert Eugene Bester and business-rescue specialist Julian Jones. Former directors Jonathan Witts-Hewinson and Pieter Conradie are now executive consultants.

Leading individuals

Tim Fletcher - Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr continues to impress in retrenchment exercises and disputes involving the use of labour brokers. Up to some 20% of the practice focuses on the public sector with the remainder on financial services, mining, road freight and other private sector enterprises. The firm advised the City of Cape Town on an alleged fraud perpetrated against it by employees of services providers involved in the city’s transport system. Hugo Pienaar is a leading figure in the road freight industry, while Aadil Patel and Fiona Leppan have exceptional experience in the mining industry, especially in relation to union activities.

Leading individuals

Fiona Leppan - Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 3

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr is building its standing in the industry thanks to the efforts of funds partner John Gillmer, who is 'solutions driven, responsive, and has a technical knowledge of the industry', along with senior tax structuring specialist Mark Linington. Gillmer led the team that advised 27four on the structuring and establishment of the 27four Black Business Growth Fund. Senior associate Wayne Murray also impresses.

Next generation lawyers

Wayne Murray - Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

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Mining
Mining - ranked: tier 2

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr 

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr  continues to demonstrate its leading credentials in transactions and regulatory issues. The firm is active across the mineral range, including in platinum, chrome and manganese, and acts for mining majors, mid-tier and juniors. It advised Eastern Platinum on its acquisition of Rustenburg Platinum Mines' 42.5% participation interest in the Pandora Joint Venture. Allan Reid is a recognised mining regulatory leader and Giada Masina is also highly rated.

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 2

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr is building its standing in energy and infrastructure projects across Africa. The firm has earned key engagements in Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Ethiopia, Senegal and other jurisdictions. The team's 'directors are available and work on a partnership basis with clients', 'are in touch with evolving market conditions' and have 'extensive practical project finance experience that translates into sound and practical advice'.  Jay Govender has a long track record with Eskom in South Africa and now advises a range of developers, lenders (including development finance institutions) and EPC contractors across the continent. She led the team that advised the Ethiopian government on the global competitive procurement conducted for the 100MW Metehara solar photovoltaic project. Emma Dempster has a fine record in major renewable energy projects and small-scale embedded generation. Megan Rodgers leads on upstream oil and gas projects.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr fields a considerable and experienced team that operates at the forefront of development, finance and acquisition work, and has taken a leading position in the evolution of REITs in South Africa. It advised Vukile Property Fund, Arrowhead Properties and Synergy Income Fund on the creation of Gemgrow, a real estate fund; the matter involved a complex transfer of properties between Vukile and Synergy, along with taking into account securities and mortgage bonds provided by the properties in the three -listed entities. Attie Pretorius, William Midgley, Lucia Erasmus and John Webber are key names in the space.

Leading individuals

Attie Pretorius - Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

William Midgley - Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

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.

Leading individuals

Emil Brincker - Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

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