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.

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 - 2019 rank our Corporate/M&A practice in Band 1.
  • The Legal 500 EMEA 2018 recognises us as Tier 1 in commercial, corporate/M&A.
  • IFLR1000 2017 to 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

  • Chambers Global 2015–2019 ranked David Thompson in Band 4 for corporate/M&A. Best Lawyers International 2008–2019 listed him for corporate law and mergers and acquisitions law. Best Lawyers International 2016 listed him as the Lawyer of the Year (Cape Town) for mergers and acquisition law, in 2015 as Lawyer of the Year (Cape Town) for Corporate Law and in 2014 as Lawyer of the Year (Cape Town) for mergers and acquisition law

  • Best Lawyers International 2018-2019 listed Roelof Bonnet for corporate law.

  • Best Lawyers International 2018-2019 listed André de Lange for mergers and acquisitions law.

  • 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.

  • Chambers Global 2011–2019 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. Best Lawyers International 2009–2019 listed him for corporate law and mergers and acquisitions law. Who’s Who Legal 2012–2013 identified Johan as a leading lawyer for corporate/M&A. ILO Client Choice Awards 2014 named him as the exclusive winner of the M&A category in South Africa.

  • Chambers Global 2017–2019 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. Best Lawyers International 2009–2019 listed David for corporate law and mergers and acquisitions law. 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.

  • Roux van der Merwe was recommended by Legal 500 EMEA 2015–2017 for commercial, corporate and M&A. Best Lawyers International 2011–2019 listed him for
     
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