Lilia Franca is a Director in our Corporate and Commercial practice. Lilia specialises in mergers and acquisitions (both local and cross border), capital markets work and BEE transactions in the listed environment. Her clients include Northam Platinum, One Capital, Capitec Bank Holdings, Sovereign Foods, Capitalworks, Brait, RCL Foods, Evraz, Puma Energy and Prudential.
After graduating from the University of the Witwatersrand, Lilia began her career as a researcher to the Honourable Justice Ackermann at the Constitutional Court.
In 2004 Lilia began her articles at Hofmeyr Herbstein and Gihwala (now Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr) and was appointed as a Junior Associate in the firm's Corporate and Commercial practice in 2006. She was admitted as an Attorney of the high court in the same year.
Between 2004 and 2008 she lectured in Commercial Law at the University of the Witwatersrand.
She was later appointed as a Senior Associate in the firm's Corporate and Commercial practice in 2008 and became a Director of the firm in 2010.
Lilia has acted as lead partner on a number of listed and cross-border M&A and capital markets transactions including the following:
Lilia has also acted a co-lead partner on the following transactions: