Our Finance and Banking lawyers

are adept at managing the legal aspects of complex deals and projects.

Groundbreaking Matters

The team is described as “great to work with” and as one that “routinely produces work of the highest calibre”.

Chambers Global 2017

They offer a great service, their turnaround time is good and they understand our deals and the nuances of transactions.

Chambers Global 2016

Our finance and banking advice and services cover:

  • Debt capital markets.
  • Project finance.
  • Public-private partnerships.
  • Commodity trade finance.
  • Acquisition finance.
  • General banking and investment structures.
  • Pensions and employee benefits.
  • Lending arrangements.
  • Compliance.
  • Advised Investec (lenders) in a project financing to establish a 40mw gas fired power plant in Mozambique under a tolling arrangement backed by the Government of Mozambique fed by royalty gas and export credit insured by local ECA.

  • Advised Hydro SA (project company) regarding a 5mw hydro facility on the Orange River, Northern Cape under the government backed renewable energy programme (Round II).

  • Acted as Borrower counsel for Keaton Mining (Pty) Ltd in the refinancing of the Vangatfontein Coal Mine.

  • Acted as Lender counsel for Investec in the first of its kind electricity co-generation plant utilising process water and cycle plant technology and an energy conversion agreement.

  • Acted for Old Mutual in a deal that involved the leveraging of insurance assets to raise funding of R5 billion for an Old Mutual subsidiary.

  • Acted for Main Street SPV (borrower) in a complex funding transactions requiring detailed structuring to navigate tax laws and BEE code compliance.

  • Acted as local counsel for Acwa Power International (project company) and negotiated finance documents and gave local law advice and opinions as well as drafted funding documents for shareholder equity funding.

  • Represented The New Reclamation Group (Pty) Ltd (borrower) in relation to a refinancing of Senior Secured Euro Denominated Notes issued by borrower.

  • Acted as Lender counsel for Investec in the first of its kind electricity co-generation plant utilising process water and cycle plant technology and an energy conversion agreement. Deal Value: R120 million.

  • Acted as Lender counsel for Investec in a project financing to establish a 40mw gas fired power plant in Mozambique under a tolling arrangement backed by the Government of Mozambique fed by royalty gas and export credit insured by local ECA.

  • Acted as Borrower counsel for Keaton Mining (Pty) Ltd in the refinancing of the Vangatfontein Coal Mine.
  • Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr acted for Old Mutual, the global investment, savings, insurance and banking group based in South Africa with circa £300 billion under management, and US-based, The Carlyle Group, the world’s largest private equity sector player, in the leveraged buy-out of Tiger Automotive (TiAuto) from Ethos Private Equity and the company’s founders.

    TiAuto operates the Tiger Wheel & Tyre brand and is a retail and wholesale distributor of automotive tyres from major global manufacturers such as Continental, Yokohama, Michelin, Pirelli, Goodyear, Achilles, GT Radial and Hankook and employs some 1,500 people across South Africa.
    Our work on this major mandate for one of the leading investors in South Africa and the Sub-Saharan Africa Fund of global private equity giant, Carlyle demonstrates the strength of this team’s stellar client following.  Our ability to attract repeat lead role representation of entities of this standing is strong proof of the global standard nature of our bank finance capabilities in South Africa.

  • Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr advised AFGRI, is a leading South African agricultural services and foods group, based primarily in South Africa with operations in Africa and Australia, in its JSE-delisting and BEE funding round. 

    Under the terms of the deal, AgriGroupe Investments will be the majority shareholder in AFGRI, holding a 60 per cent interest through an offshore structure, with the remaining 40 per cent held by South African shareholders including the Public Investment Corporation (PIC), the Black Empowerment consortium, Bafepi Agri (Pty) (Ltd) and and AFGRI management.

    This was a highly complex delisting and funding mandate which demonstrates the firm’s strength in the full range of corporate financing techniques as well as our ability to provide counsel on the regulatory, compliance and corporate governance issues facing some of the leading businesses in South Africa.
  • Chambers Global 2013–2017 ranked our Finance and Banking practice in Band 1 for capital markets: equity and Band 2 for capital markets:
    debt.
  • Chambers Global 2017 ranked our practice in Band 2 for banking & finance.
  • Chambers Global 2016 ranked our practice in Band 3 for banking & finance.
  • The Legal 500 EMEA 2009–2017 ranked our practice in Tier 2 for banking and finance.
  • IFLR1000 2016–2017 ranked our practice in Tier 2 for banking and project finance.
  • IFLR1000 2014–2017 ranked our practice in Tier 2 for capital markets.