Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr has maintained its position as a leading financial law firm in the latest global rankings published by the IFLR1000. IFLR ranks the world's leading law firms advising on international corporate finance and transaction law.
In the 2010 edition, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr ranks in the top 2 tiers for its Capital Markets, M&A and Competition practices. The Banking and Project Finance practice is also highly recommended.
Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr lawyers recognised as Leading Lawyers are:
Capital Markets: Joz Coetzer; Deon Wilken; Kieran Whyte
M&A: Ian Hayes, Johan Latsky; Allan Reid
Competition: Nick Altini; Andries le Grange; Mondo Ntlha. In addition, Natalie von Ey, Chris Charter and Petra Krusche all command strong reputations.
In Banking and Project Finance, Claire Barclay, Joz Coetzer; Craig Whitley; Kieran Whyte and Deon Wilken all receive high praise in the market.
IFLR's research is based on four criteria: innovation, complexity, cross-border capability and quality of client service. The rankings reflect the opinions of clients and competitors of the featured firms, gathered during an extensive interview process.
Selected client and IFLR comments include the following:
One client says, "They have a very fluid mechanism. There were no glitches and it was a competent, professional team producing a good result. In my opinion, they are the number one when it comes to M&A."
"They are dedicated and confident ... you have to know your way round the obstacle course of the various laws you are dealing with and fully understand them, and you also need a good team ... they are all experts in their fields," says another client.
IFLR comments: "The firm recently recruited Peter Prinsloo as a director of the corporate and commercial department. This appointment will considerably strengthen the team".
IFLR comments: "The recruitment to directorship of Kieran Whyte in August 2008 from Edward Nathan Sonnebergs has also bolstered the team, which already had a strong reputation among peers for corporate bond work."
Banking and project finance
"Kieran Whyte has good energy, electricity, and gas experience," says one peer. "We are starting to see Dekker playing a role in some of the top market deals where we would not have seen them before," says another competitor.
According to competitors, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr's strength in the competition area comes from having a solid team. The firm has "a more capable practice than most, which supports them better and has good underlying exposure," according to one peer.
Mondo Ntlha "really is hot stuff" says one peer, while Altini, says another peer, "is a very smart partner in competition and somewhat of a face of Dekker".