Firm Profile > DLA Piper > Johannesburg, South Africa

DLA Piper
61 KATHERINE STREET
2 Sandton Drive
SANDTON 2196
South Africa

Banking and finance Tier 3

DLA Piper continues to impress in leveraged finance and preference share funding transactions. It represents a number of South Africa's major banks, international banks, home-grown corporates and multinationals. Jackie Pennington remains one of the pre-eminent preference share financing experts in the market. Diana Messerschmidt is also noted for preference share deals, other hybrid debt transactions and quasi-equity fundings. Legal director Bridget King's arrival from Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr in 2021 adds to the firm's derivatives capabilities.

Practice head(s):

Jackie Pennington

Other key lawyers:

Diana Messerschmidt; Bridget King

Testimonials

‘In depth banking experience across the team. It is solutions driven.’

‘Deep experience, they know precisely what we require as banks. Generally the firm is a safe pair of hands. All aspects of the transaction are considered.’

 

Key clients

FirstRand Bank

Nedbank

The Standard Bank of South Africa

Investec Bank

Brait

Consol

Brimstone Investment Corporation

EOH Holdings

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

DLA Piper continues to be a major force in financial services M&A and has a growing reputation in cross-border transactions, including those across sub-Saharan Africa. The South Africa practice has a proven record in the technology, financial services, consumer goods and retail, and listed property sectors, and is becoming increasingly prominent in warranty and indemnity insurance. Johannes Gouws is South Africa managing partner and has an outstanding record in big-ticket M&A. Peter Bradshaw heads the corporate and capital markets groups.

Practice head(s):

Peter Bradshaw

Other key lawyers:

Johannes Gouws

Key clients

FirstRand

Barloworld

Aurecon

Irvin & Johnson

Brait

Tuareg Energy (Botswana)

Nedbank

Competition Tier 3

DLA Piper has made a further impression in merger matters in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa. It has a particularly fine record in the financial services and telecoms sectors. Janine Simpson is an experienced competition law specialist, especially in merger control. She led the team that advised  Barloworld on the competition aspects of its acquisition of the starch business of Tongaat Hulett. Werner Rysbergen has joined as a director from Webber Wentzel.

Practice head(s):

Janine Simpson

Testimonials

‘Professional, sincere, committed to the client and insightful.’

‘The entire team were super professional and absolutely committed to reaching the conclusion of my matter as quickly and painlessly as possible.’

 

Key clients

Vexall

Internet Solutions

Link Africa

SEACOM Shared Services

Community Investment Holdings

FirstRand

Rand Merchant Bank

Barloworld

GroCapital Holdings

Afrimat

Icolo

Tax Tier 4

DLA Piper is a growing force in transactions and advisory matters, notably M&A, restructurings and financings. The Johannesburg team is particular active in tax matters related to preference share fundings. Andrew Lewis is an emerging name in the tax field.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Lewis

Key clients

Aurecon Group

Global Co-Chairs: Roger Meltzer and Andrew Darwin
Co-Chief Executive Officers: Simon Levine and Cameron Jay Rains
Number of partners: 1,500
Number of lawyers: 5,000
Languages: The firm speaks over 60 languages
Offices: Lawyers located in more than 60 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.

Please see https://www.dlapiper.com/en/africa/locations/johannesburg/ for further information.

 

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At DLA Piper we are firmly committed to diversity and inclusion. For us, diversity isn’t just about visible differences, it’s the unique blend of talents, skills, experiences and perspectives that makes each of us an individual and we know it’s crucial to have a culture and environment where those differences are genuinely valued. As a global business law firm, with a diverse client base, we know that our clients expect our people to represent the communities in which we work and value our ability to advise them on both local and global cultures and markets. We believe that our approach to diversity and inclusion enables us to attract the best talent, build the most effective teams and deliver the highest level of client service.

For more information on our specific D&I initiatives please see www.dlapiper.com