Peter Hesseling

Peter Hesseling


Peter Hesseling is a Director in our Corporate and Commercial practice and is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Peter has extensive experience in insolvency law, company law, corporate restructuring, transaction structuring, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, black economic empowerment, the investment industry (including the design and implementation of fund structures for various asset classes), various types of financing, and selected areas of tax law.

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Peter began his career in 1993 as a Candidate Attorney at Herbsteins (now Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr) and became a Director in 1997. Before completing his articles, Peter trained in the South African Navy (where he served as a legal officer) and resided and worked in the Netherlands.

  • Acted for Rand Merchant Bank in its merger with First National Bank to form FirstRand Bank.
  • Advised in the creation, structuring and subsequent JSE listing of Brimstone Investment Corporation.
  • Advised in the creation, structuring and subsequent JSE listing of Cape Empowerment Trust.
  • Acted for Rembrandt Group in the restructuring of the Rembrandt Group to form Remgro and Venfin.
  • Advised a consortium, including management, on a management buy-out transaction in respect of JSE listed African Harvest.
  • Advised a private equity consortium including Rand Merchant Bank, Old Mutual, Brimstone Investment Corporation and Mvelaphanda Group in the leveraged buy-out of JSE listed Afrox Healthcare (now Life Healthcare).
  • Advised Brimstone Investment Corporation in relation to its black economic empowerment transactions with Old Mutual Group plc and Nedbank.
  • Advised Medi-Clinic in relation to its broad-based black economic empowerment transactions.
  • Advised Spearhead Property Group in relation to its takeover by Redefine Income Fund.
  • Advised Old Mutual Private Equity on a number of investments, including the funding of a black economic empowerment transaction in respect of Brait.
  • Advised Medi-Clinic in relation to its international expansion, specifically its acquisitions in the United Arab Emirates and in Switzerland.
  • Advised on the structuring of, implementation of and/or participation by investors in a number of private equity and hedge funds.
  • Advised African Infrastructure Fund Managers on aspects of the long-term financing of Neotel.
  • Advised various entities within the Old Mutual Group of Companies on a number of recent acquisitions.


  • Chambers Global 2014 and 2015 ranked Peter Hesseling Band 5 within Corporate/M&A. In 2016 Peter was ranked in Band 4. Chambers Global 2017 and 2018 ranked Peter in Band 3  for Corporate/M&A
  • The Legal 500 EMEA series 2008-2018 recommends Peter in commercial, corporate/M&A.
  • Practical Law CompanyPLC Which Lawyer? 2011 and 2012 endorsed Peter as a leading lawyer in Corporate M&A.
  • Who's Who Legal 2018 ranked Peter as leading lawyer for M&A and in Capital Markets - Debt and Equity. Who's Who Legal 2017 recommends Peter as a leading lawyer for Capital Markets. Who's Who Legal - The International Who's Who of Merger & Acquisition Lawyers 2010 and 2011 selected Peter Hesseling as being among the world's leading Mergers and Acquisitions Lawyers.
  • International Law Office (ILO) Client Choice Awards 2013 - 2014 named Peter the exclusive winner of the General Corporate in South Africa.
  • The IFLR1000 2018 recommended Peter in Corporate/M&A.
  • Best Lawyers International 2013 - 2018 South Africa listed Peter in Corporate law and 2018 for Insolvency & Reorganization, Mergers & Acquisitons and Private Equity law. In 2016 Peter was named "Lawyer of the Year" in Corporate Law.



  • Bcom LLB Hdip (Tax), University of Stellenbosch
  • Dip (Insolvency Law) PGDip (Tax), University of Cape Town
  • Year of admission as an attorney: 1995


  • Cape Law Society