William is the reference partner in the Corporate and Commercial department for commercial and residential property acquisitions, developments and mergers including retail shopping centres, offices and industrial parks and residential schemes including sectional title schemes and student accommodation and the establishment and/or transactions relating to commercial and residential property companies. This extends to negotiations, drafting and project management of various transactions, including sales of shares, sales of business, leases, partnership and joint ventures, co-ownerships, shareblocks and time share schemes, property asset and management agreements and memoranda of incorporation. He also supports the department's mining section, in addressing surface leases, servitudes and rights of use.
He is a reference partner in the firm for corporate real investment trusts ("REITS") and collective investment schemes in property (CISIP's/PUT's) (JSE listings, mergers and acquisitions, schemes of arrangement, rights issues and other corporate actions) and private equity property funds, addressing structuring and tax issues, as well as the corporate legal issues relating to such entities.
William is also the Johannesburg reference partner for the firm's Hotel and Leisure practice group, for hotel and leisure resort mergers and acquisitions and development, lease, management and marketing agreements.
A summary of the more recent material matters that William has advised on is set out below in the section entitled "Experience".
William joined Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr in January 2011, after a period of approximately two years at Johannesburg BEE law firm, Mkhabela Huntley Adekeye Inc. (MHA). William was a Non-Executive Director of JSE Listed Hospitality Property Fund Ltd (appointed January 2007, and resigned in February 2013). During 2008, William ran his own consultancy, doing hotel acquisitions and developments, primarily for Hospitality, as well as attending to the legal aspects of setting up a property fund in Mauritius for the Mauritian Rogers Group in partnership with Grapnel Property Group. The fund was then listed on the Mauritian Stock Exchange. From 2006 to 2007, William was the executive director (legal and administration) of JSE listed Pangbourne Properties (which controlled three other JSE listed property funds and their subsidiaries). During this period, he supervised a fund listing, acquisition of a listed fund and various acquisitions and a wide range of commercial property transactions.
William was a partner of Edward Nathan, in its various permutations, from 1993 to 2006 William's career started at Bowman Gilfillan (now Bowmans) in 1984 where he did his articles. He worked in its commercial department as an associate until 1988. After a period as group legal adviser to a JSE listed property development company and a secondment to Westrust Liquidators, William joined Edward Nathan.