Tessmerica joined Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr as a Candidate Attorney in 2010 and was retained as an Associate in 2012, promoted to Senior Associate in 2014 and appointed as a Director in 2018.

  • Advised and assisted Pivotal Property Fund in relation to its structuring, IPO and subsequent listing on the JSE.
  • Advised and assisted Indluplace Properties in relation to its IPO and JSE listing.
  • Advised and assisted Newpark REIT on its formation and IPO.
  • Acted for Castleview Property Fund in relation to its structuring and JSE listing.
  • Acted for Capital & Regional Properties plc, a UK listed fund, in its secondary inward listing on the JSE.
  • Advised Capital & Regional Properties plc, on its effective take-over by Growthpoint.
  • Assisted in the listing of NEPI-Rockcastle on the JSE, pursuant to the merger of New Europe Property Investments plc (NEPI) and Rockcastle Global Real Estate Company Limited.
  • Advised on the Arrowhead Properties Limited and Gemgrow Properties Limited on their merger by way of scheme of arrangement.
  • Acted for Transformational Investment Portfolio One, a majority black owned and controlled firm, in relation to its listing on the ZARX.
  • Acted for JSE listed Stellar Capital in its disposal of Amalgamated Electronic Corporation to the Carlyle group.
  • Advised Stor-Age Property REIT Limited on its accelerated bookbuild offering during 2018 and 2019.
  • Advised Investec Property Fund Limited (JSE-listed REIT) on its accelerated bookbuild offering during February 2020.
  • Acted for Arrowhead (a JSE-listed property REIT) on its take-over of Vividend.
  • Assisted in advising RMB Holdings in respect of the acquisition of a strategic interest in Atterbury Property Holdings.
  • Assisted JSE listed Redefine Properties on numerous transactions, including the take-over of Fountainhead, Annuity, Leaf Property Fund, the acquisition of a portfolio of retail properties in Germany, the acquisition of S&J Land development and the establishment of the joint venture with Pivotal.
  • Advised Texton Property Fund on numerous acquisitions and disposals of commercial properties.
  • Assisted in the establishment and/or restructuring of various unlisted clients, including Leaf Property Fund.
  • Assisted in the acquisition by Pivotal Property Fund of a stake in the Wings office development, Lagos, Nigeria.
  • Advised and assisted Dipula Income Fund in various transactions, including:
    • its acquisition of an interest in the property portfolio held by the Moolman group of companies;
    • the internalisation of its asset management function;
    • its acquisition of a property portfolio from Setso Holdco and Rec Group Property Trust (valued at R1.25 billion);
  • Advised and assisted JSE listed Fairvest Property Holdings on various transactions.
  • Advised and assisted Indluplace and the Buffet Group in its acquisition of a property portfolio (value R1.4 billion).
  • Advised and assisted the Moolman Group in relation to the disposal of a 95% interest in a property portfolio to Gemgrow Properties Limited (valued at R628 million).
  • Advised WeWork with regard to the drafting and negotiation of a lease relating to office sharing spaces in South Africa.
  • Advised and assisted Old Mutual and the Plitt family in the disposal of Afhco Holdings to SA Corporate Real Estate Fund.
  • Acted for Invenfin on an equity investment in Taxify during June 2019;
  • Acted for Leo Group Ltd in its acquisition of BJK Industries.
  • Acted on behalf of Old Mutual Emerging Markets in carrying out a review of constitutional documents within the Old Mutual Group.
  • Advised on various merger and acquisition transactions including the drafting and negotiating transaction agreements.
  • Advised on various aspects of recently promulgated legislation including the Companies Act, JSE Listings Requirements and the Income Tax Act.
  • Advised on various aspects of corporate governance matters including the Companies Act, directors' duties, redrafting constitutional documents and shareholder agreements and other arrangements and advice in relation to the establishment, role and functions of various board sub-committees.
  • Conducted and co-ordinated legal due diligences on behalf of Torre Industries.
  • Acted for various entities, including Old Mutual, RMB, Stellar Capital, Air Partner plc, Korbitec and Ariston Thermo S.p.A and led various due diligence investigations, including reviews of key documents in respect of commercial work and the preparation of due diligence reports.

Education

  • LLB, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal
  • Year of admission as an attorney: 2012
  • Enrolled with the Legal Practice Council