Yaniv began his career as a Candidate Attorney at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr and was appointed as an Associate in January 2009. He was promoted to Senior Associate in January 2011. In 2015 Yaniv was appointed as a Director.

  • Part of the team that advised Vodacom in its BEE transaction, Vodacom’s acquisition of StorTech and Vodacom’s acquisition of Gateway Communications in 2008/2009 (due diligence aspects).
  • Part of the team that advised Foskor and Industrial Development Corporation in Foskor’s BEE transaction in 2008/2009.
  • Part of the team that advised Batho Bonke Capital in the latter’s conversion of its “A” Preference Shares in Absa Group into a 5% shareholding in Absa Group, in 2009.
  • Part of the team that advised Pareto in its acquisition of a 50% ownership interest in each of Menlyn Park Shopping Centre and Cavendish Square and Cavendish Connect Shopping Centres, in 2010.
  • Part of the team that advised on the unbundling and listing of Mvelaserve, then a subsidiary of Mvelaphanda Group, in 2010.
  • Advised in the unwind of Batho Bonke, in 2012 / 2013.
  • Part of the team that advised Mvelaserve and Mvelaphanda Group (now New Bond Capital) in their respective takeovers by Bidvest and Blackstar Group, in 2012 / 2013.
  • Advised on a number of listed acquisitions and combinations including Steinhoff / Pepkor (as well as the subsequent Steinhoff scheme of arrangement and Frankfurt listing), Mediclinic / Al-Noor, Ascendis / Remedica and Ascendis / Scitec, in 2014 - 2016.
  • Advised extensively in the numerous renewable energy projects that were initiated by the Department of Energy and which are underway in South Africa.
  • Advised a number of parastatals on compliance and governance aspects.
  • General corporate and commercial, advisory and due diligence work.
  • Advises extensively in the field of company and commercial law, and provides training and seminars in these fields.
  • The IFLR1000 2019 and 2020 recommended Yaniv as a notable practitioner in M&A.


  • LLB (cum laude), University of Johannesburg
  • LLM (Commercial Law) (cum laude), University of Johannesburg
  • Year of admission as an attorney: 2009
  • Enrolled with the Legal Practice Council