Our Corporate & Commercial practice

acts for a number of the top 100 Johannesburg Stock Exchange listed companies, companies listed on major international bourses and companies with dual or multiple listings.

Impactful Matters

Listings, Stock Exchanges & Public Documents

We have extensive expertise and experience in advising in respect of transactions by JSE listed companies and are able to provide expert advice on all related legislation and other provisions, including the rules and listings requirements of the JSE, the Securities Services Act, the Companies Act and the Securities Regulation Code on Takeovers and Mergers and the rules of the Securities Regulation Panel.

Our services include:

  • Our Corporate and Commercial practice has advised on virtually all types of corporate actions undertaken by listed companies, including section 90 payments to shareholders, share buy-backs and buy-ins, share issues and preference share redemptions, capitalisation issues, consolidations and sub-divisions of share capital, odd-lot offers, rights offers, unbundling transactions and schemes of arrangement. We also have substantial experience in advising on the formation and structuring of employee share incentive and share option plans and programmes.
  • We are routinely involved in the drafting and settlement of all manner of corporate communications issued by our JSE listed clients, including announcements, circulars, notices, prospectuses and other public documents.

Practice Area Rankings

  • Dealmakers 2018 - 1st by M&A Deal Flow for the 10th year in a row.
  • Dealmakers 2018 - 1st by M&A Deal Value.
  • Dealmakers 2018 - 2nd by General Corporate Finance Deal Flow.
  • Dealmakers 2018 - 1st by BEE M&A Deal Value.
  • Dealmakers 2018 - 2nd by BEE M&A Deal Flow.
  • Dealmakers 2018 - Lead legal advisers on the Private Equity Deal of the Year.
  • Dealmakers 2017 - 1st by M&A Deal Flow
  • Dealmakers 2017 - 2nd by M&A Deal Value
  • Dealmakers 2017 - 1st by General Corporate Finance Deal Flow
  • Dealmakers 2017 - 1st by General Corporate Finance Value
  • Dealmakers 2017 - 2nd by M&A Deal Flow and Deal Value (Africa, excluding South Africa)
  • Dealmakers 2017 - 2nd by BEE Deal Flow and Deal Value
  • Dealmakers 2016 – 1st for M&A Deal Flow 8 years in a row
  • Dealmakers 2016 – 1st in General Corporate Finance Deal Flow
  • Dealmakers 2015 – 1st for Deal Flow 7 years in a row
  • Dealmakers 2015 – 1st in General Corporate Finance Deal Flow
  • Dealmakers 2014 – 1st Deal Flow 6 years in a row
  • Dealmakers 2014 – 1st in M&A Deal Value
  • Dealmakers 2014 – 1st in General Corporate Finance Deal Flow
  • Dealmakers 2013 – 1st for M&A Deal Flow
  • Dealmakers 2013 – 1st in M&A Deal Value
  • Dealmakers 2013 – 1st in Unlisted Deals - Deal Flow
  • Dealmakers 2012 – 1st in M&A Deal Flow
  • Dealmakers 2012 – 1st in General Corporate, Finance Deal Flow
  • Dealmakers 2012 – 1st in General Corporate Finance, Deal Value
  • Dealmakers 2012 – 1st in Unlisted Deals - Deal Flow
  • Dealmakers 2011 – 1st in M&A Deal Flow
  • Dealmakers 2011 – 1st in General Corporate Finance Deal Flow, Legal Advisor - Deal of the Year
  • Chambers Global 2015-2020 rank our Corporate/M&A practice in Band 1.
  • The Legal 500 EMEA 2018-2019 recognises us as Tier 1 in commercial, corporate/M&A.
  • IFLR1000 2017-2020 ranks the firm in M&A - Tier 1. IFLR1000 2016 ranks the firm in M&A - Tier 2.
  • Listed as first law firm by M&A count in Africa and the Middle East in MergerMarket.
  • Listed as first African law firm by M&A Deal Value with 9.2 Billion USD worth of Deals in MergerMarket.
  • Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr directors were named in the 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017 Client Choice International Awards.

Ranked Practitioners

  • Willem Jacobs is the National Practice Head of the Corporate & Commercial team. Chambers Global 2014–2020 ranked Willem in Band 2 for corporate/M&A. The Legal 500 EMEA 2016–2018 recommended him as a leading individual for commercial, corporate/M&A. Willem was also recommended in 2012–2016 for mining; as well as commercial, corporate and M&A. IFLR1000 2018-2020 recommended Willem as a highly regarded lawyer for M&A and private equity. IFLR1000 2011–2015 and 2017 recommended him as a leading lawyer in this area. Who’s Who Legal 2019 ranked Willem as a leading lawyer in M&A and Governance. Who’s Who Legal 2017–2018 identified Willem as a leading lawyer for M&A. He was identified as a leading lawyer by The International Who’s Who of Mergers & Acquisitions Lawyers 2014 and was identified in The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers 2014.

  • Chambers Global 2015–2020 ranked David Thompson in Band 4 for corporate/M&A.

  • The Legal 500 EMEA 2016–2018 recommended Lilia Franca for commercial, corporate/M&A.

  • The Legal 500 EMEA 2018 recommended John Gillmer for commercial, corporate/M&A.

  • IFLR1000 2018-2020 recommended Johan Green as a highly regarded lawyer for Capital Markets: Equity and Mergers & Acquisitions.

  • Chambers Global 2019-2020 ranked Peter Hesseling in Band 2 for corporate/M&A Chambers Global 2017–2018 ranked Peter in Band 3 for corporate/M&A. Chambers Global 2014-2016 ranked him in Band 5 for Corporate/M&A. The Legal 500 EMEA 2012–2018 recommended Peter for commercial, corporate/M&A. IFLR1000 2018 and 2020 recommended Peter as a highly regarded lawyer for restructuring & insolvency and mergers & acquisitions. Who’s Who Legal 2019 ranked Peter as a leading lawyer in M&A and Governance. Who’s Who Legal 2018 identified him as a leading lawyer for M&A. Who’s Who Legal 2017 identified Peter as a leading lawyer in capital markets. Who’s Who Legal 2016 identified Peter in the International Who’s Who of Banking Lawyers – Capital Markets. ILO Client Choice Awards 2013–2014 named him as the exclusive winner of the General Corporate category in South Africa.

  • IFLR1000 2018-2020 recommended Roelf Horn as a notable practitioner.

  • IFLR1000 2018-2020 recommended Yaniv Kleitman as a notable practitioner.

  • Chambers Global 2011–2020 ranked Johan Latsky in Band 3 for corporate/M&A. Chambers Global 2012–2018 ranked him in Band 1 for capital markets: equity. The Legal 500 EMEA 2012–2018 recommended Johan for commercial, corporate/M&A. ILO Client Choice Awards 2014 named him as the exclusive winner of the M&A category in South Africa.

  • The Legal 500 EMEA 2017–2018 recommended Giada Masina for mining. Chambers Global 2020 ranked Giada as up and coming in Energy & Natural Resources: Mining

  • Chambers Global 2017–2020 ranked William Midgley in Band 2 for real estate. The Legal 500 EMEA 2017–2018 recommended him as a leading individual for real estate and recommended him in 2016 for real estate.

  • The Legal 500 EMEA 2012 recommended Jo Neser for commercial, corporate/M&A.  Jo was identified as a leading lawyer by Who’s Who Legal: Franchise for 2017. He was identified as a leading lawyer by The International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers 2013-2017 and The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers 2014.

  • IFLR1000 2018-2020 recommended Francis Newham as a notable practitioner.

  • The Legal 500 EMEA 2018 recommended Gasant Orrie for commercial, corporate/M&A.

  • The Legal 500 EMEA 2018 recommended Verushca Pillay for commercial, corporate/M&A. IFLR1000 2018-2020 recommended Verushca as a notable practitioner.

  • Chambers Global 2017–2020 ranked David Pinnock in Band 1 for corporate/M&A: Private Equity. The Legal 500 EMEA 2016–2018 recommended him for commercial, corporate/M&A. Who’s Who Legal 2019 ranked David as a leading lawyer in M&A and Governance. Who’s Who Legal 2017–2018 identified him as a leading lawyer in M&A. IFLR1000 2018-2020 recommended David as a notable practitioner.

  • Chambers Global 2012–2020 ranked Ludwig Smith in Band 1 for banking & finance and in 2017–2020 he was ranked in Band 3 for tax. The Legal 500 EMEA 2017–2018 recommended him as a leading individual for banking and finance and recommended Ludwig for tax in 2013, 2017–2018. Who’s Who Legal 2018 identified Ludwig as one of the world’s leading lawyers for banking – regulatory and banking – finance. Ludwig was identified as a leading lawyer by Who’s Who Legal: Corporate Tax – Advisory for 2017–2018. The International Who’s Who 2011 identified him as a leading lawyer for banking and finance and for corporate tax – advisory.
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