Jess joined Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr as a Candidate Attorney in 2014 and was appointed as an Associate in 2016. Jess was promoted to Senior Associate in 2019 and currently works under the auspices of Ludwig Smith.

  • Specialised experience in leveraged and asset finance, restructuring, BEE finance and acquisition finance transactions, acting for both lenders and borrowers.
  • Advising on the formation of investment vehicles and the structuring of tax efficient funding packages for banks and private equity vehicles, with a particular specialisation in preference shares and equity participation instruments.
  • Drafting of bespoke commercial agreements, preference share funding agreements, debt facility agreements, security documents and bespoke memorandums of incorporation and advising on various aspects of the Companies Act and Income Tax Act.
  • Regularly acts for the Standard Bank of South Africa Limited, Nedbank Limited, FirstRand Bank Limited, Investec Bank Limited, Futuregrowth Asset Management Limited and the Old Mutual Life Assurance Company of South Africa in relation to various finance transactions. By way of example, Jess has acted for (i) the Standard Bank of South Africa Limited and Futuregrowth Asset Management Limited in relation to the funding of an empowerment deal in terms of which the SA National Taxi Council acquired a 25% stake in SA Taxi, a subsidiary of Transaction Capital Limited, valued at circa R1.7 billion, and (ii) a consortium of banks in relation to the funding of a BEE acquisition of a circa 21% stake in Engen Limited.

  • Legal 500 EMEA 2021 recommended Jess as a rising star for banking and finance.


  • Admitted Attorney, Notary & Conveyancer
  • B.Com Law (Accounting, Tax & Financial Management), University of Pretoria (cum laude)
  • LLB, University of Pretoria (cum laude) – Top Final Year LLB student
  • LLM Corporate Law, University of Witwatersrand (cum laude)
  • Registered Tax Practitioner