Adnaan Kariem

Adnaan Kariem


Dr. Adnaan Kariem is a Director in our Finance & Banking practice. He specialises in corporate finance (debt and equity finance), project finance, corporate law, investment management related matters, financial services law and education sector transactions. Adnaan structures and negotiates the transactions in his field, drafts the necessary agreements and attends to regulatory matters.

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Adnaan obtained his doctoral degree in commercial law from the University of Cape Town in 2022. His research and thesis analyses secured loans in South African law and cession in securitatem debiti to secure the repayment of loans. 

Adnaan began his career as a Candidate Attorney at Hofmeyr Herbstein and Gihwala (now Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr) in 1998. He was promoted to Associate, then Senior Associate and became a Director in 2005.

  • Acts for lenders and borrowers, and advises them as to funding structures, risks and security arrangements.

  • Acts for financial services providers (including business divisions of financial services providers) and advises them as to funding structures, risks, security arrangements and related regulatory matters.

  • Acts for investment managers and companies in respect of finance transactions, covering the entire spectrum of transactions including loan and security transactions, commercial development transactions and business sale transactions.

  • Acts for companies in the financial services sector in respect of compliance with financial services laws.

  • Acts for universities in respect of corporate and finance transactions.

  • Practical Law CompanyPLC Which Lawyer? 2011 and 2012 recommended Adnaan in Finance and Banking.


  • BA (Law) LLB, University of the Western Cape

  • LLM (Commercial Law), University of Cape Town

  • PhD (Commercial Law), University of Cape Town

  • Year of admission as an attorney: 1999

  • Registered with the Legal Practice Council