20 October 2016 by and

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr’s mergers and acquisitions practice jumps one rung to tier one in latest IFLR survey

Leading corporate law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr continues to make major strides in the expansion of its mergers and acquisitions practice after it jumped one rung to tier one in the latest IFLR 1000 Financial and Corporate Law firm rankings 2017.

This achievement follows from a number of awards received during 2016, notably clinching top honours in the DealMakers’ Awards for M&A deal flow for the seventh year running.

Director and National Head of CDH’s Corporate and Commercial practice, Willem Jacobs, says the level of complexity in structuring deals is increasing and it is therefore increasingly important to use experts to minimise the risks.

“Economic growth predictions remain poor, but merger and acquisition activity indicates we are beginning to see some signs of growth potential,” he says.

According to Jacobs, what is very clear is that companies require a trusted adviser on the ground when conducting business in current conditions.

Given the expertise gained by lawyers in mining, energy and infrastructure, South Africa has also become a hub for inward investment into the whole of Southern Africa, says the IFLR in its report.

“In recognising our Corporate & Commercial practice in tier one, IFLR1000 joins a number of other prestigious accolades in acknowledging that our M&A experts are leaders in the field. More importantly, this external recognition reflects our commitment to assist our clients in navigating these tough economic conditions,” says CDH CEO Brent Williams.

In a notable achievement that is in line with CDH’s commitment to develop new talent for the future, Emma Dempster from the firm’s Project Finance and Project Development practice area was rated as a “rising star” in the IFLR rankings.The following lawyers at CDH were all recognised as Leading Lawyers: Biddy Faber (Energy and Infrastructure, Project Finance and Banking); Willem Jacobs (Private Equity and M&A); Terry Winstanley (Energy and Infrastructure, Project Development); Chris Charter (Competition); Jay Govender (Energy and Infrastructure, Project Development); Jacqueline King (Capital Markets: Debt) and Deon Wilkin (Energy and Infrastructure, Project Finance, Capital Markets: Debt).

On top of the tier one ranking for mergers and acquisitions, CDH was ranked in tier two for Banking, Capital markets, Competition, Infrastructure, Mining, Project Finance, Energy.

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