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Named in Law Firm of the Year 2009 Awards and receives widespread recognition in PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook 2009

plc-which-lawyer-handbookCliffe Dekker Hofmeyr was named as a runner up in the PLC Law Firm of the Year: South Africa for 2009. These Awards are decided exclusively by international in-house counsel.

In addition, the firm and a number of its leading lawyers were recognised in the PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook 2009 rankings.

The Practical Law Company, PLC Which lawyer? Yearbook is one of the leading international legal directories, which ranks law firms and lawyers based on extensive research among clients, referral partners and the 6,000 corporate legal departments that make up the PLC Law Department Profiles, as well as private practitioners.

In the 14th edition, published February 2009, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr is highly ranked in a number of key practice areas:

Leading firm in:
Capital Markets: debt and equity (one of only two Leading firms in SA); and
Environmental (one of only two firms ranked at this level in SA).

Highly Recommended in:
Corporate Real Estate (one of the two top-rated firms in this field);
Private Equity/Venture Capital (one of three top-rated firms), and
Restructuring and Insolvency (ranked as one of the three top-rated firms);
Competition / antitrust;
Corporate M&A; and
Labour and employee benefits.

Recommended in:
Banking and Finance;
Outsourcing (one of the three top-ranked firms in this practice area in SA), and

Recognised in Energy.

Research methodology

It is not possible to "buy" a recommendation or placing within the text. The entire PLC Which lawyer? editorial content is researched, written and edited by its editorial staff. The rankings as between the law firms and lawyers PLC recommends are based on the weight and number of recommendations each firm or lawyer is given by in-house counsel and private practitioners.

Individual Rankings


A number of Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr lawyers received individual recommendations; they are alphabetically rated below:

Preeta Bhagattjee
Recommended: Outsourcing
With a customer-driven client base, her outsourcing practice tends to focus on the technology sector and IT, facilities and logistics outsourcing transactions.

Emil Brincker
Leading: Tax
Recommended for structured finance, corporate tax and advice on international tax matters. Clients include a number of South African banks.

Chris Charter
Recognised: Competition/anti-trust
Up-and-coming competition law practitioner, with a growing profile in the market for his broad practice, which includes merger control, prohibited practices and compliance issues.

Faan Coetzee
Highly recommended: Labour and employee benefits
Vice Chairperson of the litigation department with a practice emphasis on employment and labour law. Strong corporate client base providing advice on restructuring, collective bargaining, general employers' rights, pension funds and medical aids schemes.

Joz Coetzer
Leading Capital markets: debt and equity
Head of the finance department, with a wealth of experience advising top international banks and companies on debt capital markets, securitisations and derivatives.

Recommended: Banking and finance
He heads up the finance and banking department and has vast experience in the area of finance (debt and equity), general banking (operational and regulatory) and financial services. He acts for various foreign banks with local banking licences as well as most of the local banks in South Africa, and specialises in finance and security structures, which would include asset, project and infrastructure funding as well as general finance.

Pieter Conradie
Highly recommended: Dispute resolution
General litigator and arbitration practitioner with an international remit. A particular focus on product liability and telecoms.

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr was named as a runner up in the PLC Law Firm of the Year: South Africa for 2009. These Awards are decided exclusively by international in-house counsel.

Highly recommended: Corporate/M&A
Highly knowledgeable transactional lawyer with broad experience of a number of sectors including, retail, telecoms and publishing. Also specialises in transaction structuring, joint venture, listings and corporate finance.

Recommended: Private equity/venture capital
Chairman and respected M&A practitioner. Has extensive transactional experience.

Recognised: Corporate governance
Practice focuses on M&A and the structuring of new businesses. Heavily transactional in focus.

John Gomes
Recommended: Real estate
Specialises in a range of real estate issues, including redevelopment, finance, and sales and purchases. Also experienced in township planning and commercial leaseholds.

Hugh Jackson
Highly recommended: Real estate
Property law expert whose practice is particularly strong in real estate finance. Advises on mortgage finance schemes and security, notarial bonds and drafting issues.

Willem Jacobs
Recommended: Private equity/venture capital
Praised dealmaker with a lengthy advisory track record in private equity transactions.

Vishal Koovejee
Recognised: Competition/anti-trust
Extensive competition law experience, especially in relation to merger control.

Petra Krusche
Recommended: Competition/anti-trust
Recently arrived as the Regional Practice Head of the firm's competition practice in Cape Town. Her practice covers the entire range of competition law issues, from merger control and restrictive trade practices to litigation and leniency applications.

Johan Latsky
Recommended: Corporate/M&A
Practitioner with an extensive array of knowledge in many sectors and valuable experience of banking, securitisation, land and infrastructure.

Andries Le Grange
Recognised: Competition/anti-trust
A commercial lawyer, developing a strong presence in the competition law market.

Fiona Leppan
Recommended: Labour and employee benefits
Recently joined the firm's employment team, particular expertise in employee relations both on a contentious and non-contentious level. With a client base across the board, also has experience in occupational health and safety matters.

Patrick McGurk
Recommended: Tax
Director of the tax department. Well-respected tax expert advising on all areas of corporate tax with extensive experience in the insurance industry.

Tim Mills
Recommended Labour and employee benefits
Co-head of the employment practice in Johannesburg. Acts for corporate clients advising on all aspects of employment law such as mass and individual dismissals, policy issues and disciplinary procedures.

Mondo Ntlha
Recommended: Competition/anti-trust
A former deputy commissioner at the South African competition commission, she has successfully built a solid private competition practice, with substantial experience of competition law in both the public and private sectors. She is involved in both behavioural and transactional matters, as well as undertaking compliance work for clients.

Aadil Patel
Recognised: Labour and employee benefits
Johannesburg based national head of the employment group, with a strong practice covering litigation and advice, including misconduct and other general issues for public sector employers. Also advises on business immigration and occupational health and safety.

David Pinnock
Recommended: Private equity/venture capital
Runs a noteworthy M&A focused practice that includes the provision of advice to private equity sponsors.

Attie Pretorius
Highly recommended: Real estate
Advises on real estate finance, including securitisation, development projects, portfolio restructuring, and commercial landlord and tenant work.

Terry Winstanley
Leading: Environment
Doyen of environmental law in South Africa. Her practice covers a wide range of disciplines.

Jonathan Witts-Hewinson
Highly recommended: Restructuring and insolvency
Joint head of the firm's litigation department specialising in commercial litigation and insolvency law.

Recommended: Dispute resolution
Joint head of the litigation department with a strong personal litigation practice.

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