Our practitioners form part of one of South Africa's

largest corporate and commercial practices and offer the full suite of services required to deliver strategic legal support on transactional work. Since 2008, CDH has consistently been the most active South African legal adviser and, according to leading analyst rankings, has handled more M&A transactions than any other law firm.

Groundbreaking Matters

"The quality of the lawyers and the legal work is superb. They are also very responsive and I believe provide excellent value."

Chambers Global 2018

"Sound legal and practical advice and support, which has greatly assisted us in closing out the relevant transactions."

IFLR1000

"Large, experienced teams (typically led by individual specialists) in the areas of expertise that we require.”

IFLR1000

"Very professional, highly accessible, quick turnaround of documents, strong commercial understanding."

IFLR1000

"Very ethical and dedicated team, well thought through intensive application to business imperatives and regulatory context, partner on matters is well recognised in the industry and its relationship with other sector clients and lenders is strategically advantageous.”

IFLR1000

Mergers & Acquisitions

We close deals effectively by providing exceptional legal advice, managing risk, ensuring you meet regulatory compliance and working at every aspect of the transaction to ensure that it works from a legal and commercial perspective.

At Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, we have one of South Africa's largest Corporate and Commercial practices and offer the full suite of services required to deliver strategic legal support on transactional work. We handle hundreds of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) transactions each year.

Since 2008, we have consistently been the most active South African legal adviser and have handled more M&A transactions than any other law firm, according to the leading analyst rankings. Our Corporate team has more than 50 qualified lawyers whose primary responsibility and expertise is transactional work.

Our services include:

  • Strategic legal support: We offer commercial and practical advice specific to your goals and objectives and actively manage the M&A process to help bring transactions to an efficient conclusion.
  • Practical and effective project management: We offer effective project management, which is crucial to ensuring an efficient and satisfactory conclusion to any M&A transaction.
  • Cross-border project management: We have experience in project managing complex multi-jurisdictional corporate activity. When you venture into new markets we are able to help you understand the risks involved, offer advice on the best structure for any given transaction and provide workable solutions.
  • Global expertise: We offer experience and insights drawn from countries around the world, so you benefit from a vast amount of international M&A experience.
  • Extensive expertise: We offer experience spans a wide range of industries and our clients include local and international listed and unlisted companies as well as emerging businesses, government departments and state-owned enterprises. Our senior deal team has strong experience in pre- and post-deal structuring and integration.

Practice Area Rankings

  • 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 2015-2018 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 and 2018 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 2014–2018 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. Best Lawyers International 2008–2018 listed him for corporate law and mergers and acquisitions law. IFLR1000 2018 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 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.

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

  • Best Lawyers International 2018 listed Tessa Brewis for corporate law and mergers and acquisitions law.

  • Best Lawyers International 2018 listed Clem Daniels for mergers and acquisitions law.

  • Best Lawyers International 2018 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 2017–2018 ranked Sandra Gore in Band 3 for environment. The Legal 500 EMEA 2017 recommended her for mining. Sandra was identified in The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers 2015, 2017 for environmental law.

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

  • Chambers Global 2017–2018 ranked Peter Hesseling 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. Best Lawyers International 2014–2018 listed him for corporate law and mergers and acquisitions law. In 2018, Peter was also listed for insolvency and reorganisation and private equity law, and was listed as Lawyer of the Year for mergers and acquisitions law. Peter was listed by Best Lawyers International 2016 as the Corporate Law Lawyer of the Year in South Africa. IFLR1000 2018 recommended Peter as a highly regarded lawyer for restructuring & insolvency and mergers & acquisitions. 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.

  • Best Lawyers International 2018 listed Allan Hannie for corporate law.

  • Best Lawyers International 2015–2018 listed Quintin Honey for corporate law.

  • IFLR1000 2018 recommended Roelf Horn as a notable practitioner.

  • IFLR1000 2018 recommended Yaniv Kleitman as a notable practitioner.

  • Chambers Global 2011–2018 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 2009–2018 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.

  • The Legal 500 EMEA 2017–2018 recommended Giada Masina for mining.

  • Chambers Global 2017–2018 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. Best Lawyers International 2010–2018 listed him for corporate law and mergers and acquisitions law. 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.

  • Best Lawyers International 2010–2018 listed Francis Newham for corporate law and mergers and acquisitions law and in 2017 listed him as Lawyer of the Year for mergers and acquisitions law. IFLR1000 2018 recommended Francis as a notable practitioner.

  • The Legal 500 EMEA 2018 recommended Gasant Orrie for commercial, corporate/M&A. Best Lawyers International 2010–2018 listed him for corporate law and mergers and acquisitions law.

  • The Legal 500 EMEA 2018 recommended Verushca Pillay for commercial, corporate/M&A. Best Lawyers International 2018 listed her for corporate law. IFLR1000 2018 recommended Verushca as a notable practitioner.

  • Chambers Global 2017–2018 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 2009–2018 listed David for corporate law and mergers and acquisitions law. Who’s Who Legal 2017–2018 identified him as a leading lawyer in M&A. IFLR1000 2018 recommended David as a notable practitioner.
In 2017
00 M&A Deals advised
00% of the market share
R00 Billion in deal value

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr has been recognised by DealMakers as the local law firm that has consistently advised on the most number of M&A deals in South Africa. The firm clinched the prestigious M&A Deal Flow award for the ninth consecutive year. Click here to read more.

The M&A Dealmaking partner that goes the distance.