Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr has appointed Quintin Honey, Stephen Gie and Melanie Hart as directors with effect from 1 April 2009.
Quintin Honey has been appointed as a director in the Corporate and Commercial practice. He began his career in 2003 as a candidate attorney at Cliffe Dekker (now Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr). In 2008, as a senior associate, he was seconded to the London office of DLA Piper, where he spent four months gaining experience in their Corporate practice.
Quintin specialises in mergers and acquisitions (both public and private equity), joint ventures and the formation, structuring and re-structuring of business entities. He has a BCom LLB from Stellenbosch University.
Stephen Gie has been appointed as a director in the Finance, Projects and Banking practice. Stephen began his legal career in London in 2000 before returning to Cape Town to complete his articles. In 2003 he joined a Cape Town law firm as an associate, gaining further experience in litigation and labour law. He later joined Atlas Capital fund managers as an in house legal advisor in London and Guernsey. He joined Hofmeyr (now Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr) in 2006.
Stephen’s other areas of experience include mergers and acquisitions, private equity, corporate finance and general corporate and commercial related matters. He has a BSocSc and LLB (Dean's Merit List) from the University of Cape Town.
Melanie Hart has been appointed as a director in the Employment practice. Melanie completed her articles in Port Elizabeth where she specialised in Administrative Law. In 2002 she joined the Employment and Pensions Network of a large firm in Johannesburg. In 2006 Melanie joined a niche firm where she gained considerable experience in mining law with particular emphasis on health and safety. She joined Hofmeyr Herbstein & Gihwala (now Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr) as a Senior Associate in 2007.
Melanie has experience representing clients in employment disputes, including restraints of trade and unlawful competition, private arbitration, the CCMA, the High Court and the Supreme Court of Appeal. She has an Advanced Diploma in Labour Law (cum laude) from the University of Johannesburg. Melanie has been a Committee Member of the Gauteng Chapter of the South African Society for Labour Law (SASLAW) since 2006.