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

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.
  • 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 – Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr is ranked first by Dealmakers for M&A Deal Flow 8 years in a row and first in General Corporate Finance Deal Flow.
  • Dealmakers 2015 – Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr is ranked first by Dealmakers for deal flow 7 years in a row and first in General Corporate Finance Deal Flow.
  • Dealmakers 2014 – Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr is ranked first by Dealmakers for deal flow 6 years in a row, first in M&A Deal Flow, first in M&A Deal Value, and first in General Corporate Finance Deal Flow.
  • Dealmakers 2013 – Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr is ranked first in M&A Deal Flow, first in M&A Deal Value and first in Unlisted Deals - Deal Flow.
  • Dealmakers 2012– Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr is ranked first in M&A Deal Flow, first in General Corporate, Finance Deal Flow, first in General Corporate Finance, Deal Value and first in Unlisted Deals - Deal Flow.
  • Dealmakers 2011 – Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr is ranked first in M&A Deal Flow, first in M&A Deal Value and first in General Corporate Finance Deal Flow, Legal Advisor - Deal of the Year.
  • 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.
  • IFLR1000 2017 ranks the firm in M&A - Tier 1. IFLR1000 2016 ranks the firm in M&A - Tier 2.
  • Chambers Global 2015 -2018 ranks our Corporate/M&A practice in Band 1.
  • The Legal 500 EMEA 2018 recognises us as Tier 1 in commercial, corporate/M&A.
  • Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr directors were named in the 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017 Client Choice International Awards.
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.