Clem Daniel

Clem Daniel


Clem Daniel is a Director of our Corporate & Commercial practice, has an unusually broad range of experience as a lawyer and has extensive experience in negotiating and drafting a wide range of commercial transactions and arrangements. His experience includes litigation and major commercial transaction experience, the latter primarily in mergers, acquisitions, funding transactions, corporate affairs, private equity and outsourcing. He has been recognised internationally by Chambers as a leading lawyer with the ability to "pull together…knowledge and the ability to draft well with absolute willingness."

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Clem has practiced continuously as a lawyer for more than twenty years and was a partner at both his previous law firms. He joined Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr in 2010 as a Director.

A very brief sample of Clem's experience includes:

  • Establishing various private equity funds, including catalyst black economic empowerment funds.
  • Acting extensively in acquisition transactions in the African sphere, including structuring and implementing acquisition structures subsequently widely used as model in other transactions and acting as the lead for one of the parties in a ZAR 90bn private equity acquisition.
  • Acting as lead counsel in multiple black economic empowerment transactions for various clients.
  • Acting as counsel in major acquisitions between listed companies.
  • Acting as lead counsel in relation to complex and high value licensing arrangements and related acquisitions.
  • Acting in a number of complex group restructures.
  • Acting as lead legal strategist in various complex shareholder and director related disputes as well as non-litigious dispute resolution.
  • Building outsourcing models for both the private and public sector environments which nearly a decade later are still in use by both private and public sector entities.
  • Acting as lead counsel in negotiating a major Africa wide joint-venture arrangement between and NYSE listed organisation and an African retail multinational.


  • BA LLB, Rhodes University
  • Year of admission as an attorney: 1996
  • Registered with the Legal Practice Council
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