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Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

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Cape Town, Johannesburg

Lilia Franca

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Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

Work Department

Corporate and Commercial


Lilia Franca is a Director in our Corporate and Commercial practice. Lilia specialises in mergers and acquisitions (both local and cross border), capital markets work and BEE transactions in the listed environment. Her clients include Northam Platinum, One Capital, Capitec Bank Holdings, Sovereign Foods, Capitalworks, Brait, RCL Foods, Evraz, Puma Energy and Prudential.


After graduating from the University of the Witwatersrand, Lilia began her career as a researcher to the Honourable Justice Ackermann at the Constitutional Court.

In 2004 Lilia began her articles at Hofmeyr Herbstein and Gihwala (now Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr) and was appointed as a Junior Associate in the firm's Corporate and Commercial practice in 2006. She was admitted as an Attorney of the high court in the same year.

Between 2004 and 2008 she lectured in Commercial Law at the University of the Witwatersrand.

She was later appointed as a Senior Associate in the firm's Corporate and Commercial practice in 2008 and became a Director of the firm in 2010.


  • Law Society of the Northern Provinces
  • Law Society of England and Wales


  • LLB HDip (Company Law) cum laude, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Year of admission as attorney: 2006
  • Year of admission as solicitor in England and Wales: 2011

South Africa

Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: 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.

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