Allan started his career in 1997 at Hofmeyr (now Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr) and became a Director in 2002.

M&A/ corporate experience

  • Involved in a number of merger and acquisition transactions involving the African Harvest group of companies starting with the disposal of the core assets of African Harvest to a management consortium backed by Mzi Khumalo in 2002 and then the acquisition, by way of a scheme of arrangement of the shares in Africa Harvest by Coronation and finally culminating in the sale of African Harvest Fund Managers to Cadiz in 2007.
  • Advised Cape Empowerment Trust in a number of transactions particularly in relation to the acquisition of interests (directly and indirectly) in Grand Parade Investments including the proposed takeovers of Sancino and BLRT.
  • Advised Brimstone Investment Corporation in relation to the negotiations and structuring of a number of acquisitions and investments particularly in the clothing and textile industries (Novel and Rex Trueform).
  • Assisted Incwala Resources in leading a due diligence of Mvela Resources in relation to a R760┬ámillion offer.
  • Advised and assisted Denel in a number of projects and disposals and led a due diligence team in a major due diligence of its Western Cape operations required as part of a planned disposal of interests in Denel's munitions business to a major international group.
  • Advised CFBT Education Trust, a major UK education institution, in relation to a number of investments and acquisitions of interests in South Africa.
  • Advised Damen Shipyards in relation to its offset obligations pursuant to the award of a multimillion rand ship building contract.
  • Advised the Southern Spars Group (a leading international carbon fibre mast manufacturing group) in its acquisition of several South African operations.
  • Advised Groupon, a major US electronic commerce company, on its acquisition and foray into South Africa.
  • Advised Fossil Europe B.V. in relation to its acquisition and investment in South Africa through the acquisition of a majority interest in a distributor;
  • Acted for the City of Cape Town in relation to its (then) largest property acquisition;
  • Acted for Sygnia Life Limited in relation to the listing of its securities on the Johannesburg Securities Exchange.

Black Economic Empowerment

  • Advising a number of multinational and South African client on the application of the black economic empowerment laws in South Africa;
  • Attending to corporate restructuring required to give effect to BEE ownership structures for various multinational clients;

Consumer Protection, POPI and NCA

  • Advise a number of listed and unlisted clients in relation to their compliance with the Consumer Protection Act and Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI) including;
  • Advised a number of companies including tertiary education funding specialist, National Student Financial Aid Scheme on its compliance with the National


  • BA LLB, University of Cape Town
  • Year of admission as an attorney: 1999
  • Enrolled with the Legal Practice Council