26 August 2008 by and

The IFLR1000 - Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms, 2009

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We are highly recommended in tier 2 for Mergers and Acquisitions and Capital Markets and recommended in Banking and Finance.

"The firm's merger with Hofmeyr [Herbstein & Gihwala] will amplify the firm's presence," says one client of Cliffe Dekker. "I have used both firms in the past and was happy with the services they provided."

Clients are impressed by the firm's dedication and commitment. "We do quite a bit of work with them on the finance side. They have been forthcoming in dealing with urgent requests," says one client.

Ian Hayes and Willem Jacobs are named as 'Leading lawyers'.

We are highly recommended in tier 2 for Capital Markets and recommended in Banking and Project Finance.

Cliffe Dekker expanded its presence in the market this year by merging with Hofmeyr Herbstein & Gihwala. At the time of writing the directors of both firms had approved the merger but were waiting for regulatory approval to substantiate the deal. The firm, which plans to begin operations in September, will be the largest in the market.

Joz Coetzer is highly regarded for his level of commitment on transactions. "If I pick up the phone and tell him I need him. He will make himself available at the drop of a hat," says a client. Another says: "We dropped a firm because they were not doing a good job, so I called Joz and said 'we need you', and he was here first thing in the morning."

In one deal, Joz Coetzer, Deon Wilken and Craig Whitley advised Transnet on a $10 billion capital expansion programme including export credit agency-backed funding. "Joz Coetzer and Deon Wilken are particularly impressive, they are readily available to assist at short notice," says one client of the firm. Another adds: "Craig Whitley is hard working and very efficient in everything that he does. He is committed and he is a team player."

If client feedback is anything to go by, then Cliffe Dekker is in line to receive more standout mandates in the future. "They do not look at you as a client: they come in and want to be a part of your team," says one client.

Joz Coetzer and Deon Wilken are named as 'Leading lawyers' in Capital Markets and Banking and Project Finance.

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