Taryn Jade  Moonsamy

Taryn Jade Moonsamy


Taryn Moonsamy is an Associate in our Projects and Energy practice. She has experience in corporate, commercial and project-specific legal drafting and has assisted private and listed clients, locally and abroad during her time in our Corporate and Commercial practice, and in her current position as an associate in our Projects and Energy practice.

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Taryn joined Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr as a candidate attorney in 2017 and was appointed as an associate in 2019.

  • Assisted with the drafting of legal opinions, research and legal reports around solar photovoltaic systems, capacity and authority legal opinions, legal opinions on distribution licences in terms of the Electricity Regulation Act 4 of 2006 and legal opinions on the assignment of project documents. Drafted a legal opinion setting out the legal recourse available to a contractor under the standard form construction contract as well as under South African common law;
  • Prepared a general legal compliance register dealing with the energy legislative obligations of several independent power producers', including setting out the obligations, how in which to comply with the obligation and when the independent power producer is required to comply with such obligation.
  • Preparing a memorandum on the Mozambican decree law relating to liquified natural gas and explaining the decree in layman's terms to a client interested in investing in Mozambique, including expanding on specific questions raised on the decree law and how in which we would interpret such provisions in the decree law
  • Conducted several reviews of asset rental agreements (similar to power purchase agreements) and provided comments as to its legality and enforceability under South African law for a Namibian client.
  • Conducted a red flag due diligence report in 2020 for an equity investor's potential buy-in of an electrical and instrumentation company.
  • Assisted with the review of solar lease agreements, power purchase agreements, parent company guarantees, engineering, procurement and construction contracts and gap analysis in respect of a suite of project documents;
  • Assisted with drafting of template power purchase agreement (with the option of battery storage), water supply agreements and gas supply agreements.
  • Conducted a high level risk review of a JBCC contract as well as an addendum to the standard form JBCC contract in favour of the Employer.
  • Prepared a rooftop lease rental agreement, in respect of solar photovoltaic systems being installed and operated on separate dates at shopping malls in Mpumalanga.
  • Provided table of comments on the deviation of the connection and use-of system agreement with wheeling against the connection and use-of-system agreement for independent power producers .
  • Assisted with the drafting of various commercial agreements (including sale of business, share sales, subscription agreements, share buy-back agreements, shareholders agreements, memoranda of incorporation, distribution and supply agreements, service level agreements, memorandum of understanding, non-disclosure agreements, confidentiality agreements, collaboration agreements, consultancy agreements, connection and use of system agreement for a wifi network provider and the suite of restructuring agreements involved in the restructure of a holding company and its subsidiaries).
  • Assisted with the review of various commercial agreements (including share sales, subscription agreements, share buy-back agreements, shareholders agreements, service level agreements, non-disclosure agreements, standard terms and conditions of business for clients in the telecommunications industry).
  • Prepared a memorandum on obtaining a medical device establishment licence for an international medical technology company that develops and manufactures innovative non-invasive patient monitoring technologies and setting out the law in respect of the Medicines and Related Substances Act 101 of 1965 and its regulations.
  • Assisted with the drafting of resolutions and general company secretarial work in relation to the registration of companies, deregistration of companies, appointing and removing directors, registering Trust Deeds and filing memoranda of incorporation with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission, including experience in assisting clients with general corporate governance.
  • Assisted with several due diligence investigations in corporate and commercial and projects and energy.
  • Formed part of the advisory team on the following notable (and public) transactions -
  • Sibanye-Stillwater acquisition of Lonmin PLC (part of the Lonmin advisory team), which involved assisting in a legal due diligence, drafting the merger filing for the target, document management, drafting of letters to the Competition Commission, attending meetings at the Competition Commission to discuss various elements of the transaction and attending negotiations with the acquirer and its legal team;
  • Tourvest Financial Services acquisition of Travelex Africa (part of the Tourvest advisory team); and
  • WeWork Companies Inc entering Africa, which involved legal drafting and negotiation of the various lease agreements involving WeWork entering into in the Gauteng and Western Cape Areas.


  • Labour law - Interesting judgment on interest 19 June 2017
  • Litigation - The Brusson Scheme: Practical difficulties for ex-owners trying to implement the Constitutional Court’s decision 17 January 2018
  • Corporate & commercial law - Tightening up on tacit terms 3 July 2019
  • Energy - Renewable energy – a source of economic growth for South Africa 11 September 2019
  • Energy - The Integrated Resource Plan 2019: A promising future roadmap for generation capacity in South Africa 22 October 2019
  • Corporate and commercial law - Lockdown: Companies beware of ‘electronic signatures’ whilst employees work remotely 8 April 2020


  • Registered Legal Practice Counsel
  • LLB (with distinction), University of Witwatersrand


  • Law Society of the Northern Provinces
  • Golden Key International Honour Society
  • Black lawyers association (university of the Witwatersrand division)