12 June 2020 by Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

CDH appoints Vivien Chaplin to join its award-winning Corporate & Commercial practice

Commercial law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr (CDH) is proud to announce the appointment of Vivien Chaplin, who joins the firm’s Corporate and Commercial practice as of 1 June 2020.

Vivien, a finalist in the Businesswoman of the Year (Legal) in 2010, winner of Lexology ILO Client Service Award for Corporate Law: South Africa (2019) as well as being listed under Commercial, Corporate and M&A, Legal 500 EMEA in 2018-2019, has significant experience in the Corporate and Commercial sphere.

CDH CEO Brent Williams extended a warm welcome to Vivien saying, “We know that our people are the heart (and the brains) of our business, and in reimagining our future, we continue to invest in talent in a highly thoughtful and strategic manner. Our deliberate view is on both the near term as we place a singular focus on assisting our clients’ with their pivoting needs, and on the very fabric of our practice that necessitates a resilient and steadfast positioning.”

Vivien’s focus is on corporate and commercial law with specific emphasis on local and cross border mergers and acquisitions, including structuring, due diligence and drafting of all transaction documents, Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) transactions and advice, Employee Share Ownership Plans (ESOP) and corporate restructures.

She has over 20 years of experience in company law and corporate governance issues as well as drafting specialised commercial contracts, employee share schemes, and BEE transactions. She has advised on several BEE and unbundling transactions in the mining, aviation, IT, film, industrial and logistics sectors. She has also assisted major mining companies with the drafting of high value long-term supply and offtake agreements.

She provides training on BEE, corporate governance, procurement and supply chain contract drafting to private and public companies, regularly speaks on these topics at conferences and has published numerous articles on corporate law and BEE developments.

“Welcome to CDH Vivien. May your stay with us be long and successful. We can’t wait to see where you take us,” concludes Brent.

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