Our Private Equity team has in-depth experience

of African transactions. In addition, we have immediate access to a vast network of relationship firms across the continent. We are therefore able to move quickly and seamlessly on local and international transactions.

Groundbreaking Matters

Private Equity

The team works seamlessly, as an integrated unit, with skilled corporate, finance and tax lawyers and chartered accountants from the firm’s various practice areas. With one of the largest private equity teams, we have a full-service offering in South Africa and the sub-Saharan region, with a depth of skill and extensive experience in all prominent sectors attractive to private equity investors in Africa.

The specialist practice areas at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr that are principally involved in providing these services are Corporate and Commercial, Tax and Exchange Control, Competition and Finance and Banking. To the extent necessary, we call on professionals with specialist knowledge in areas such as regulatory, projects, employment, intellectual property and public law.

Our services include:

  • Fund formation.
  • Portfolio acquisitions and exits.
  • Legal and tax due diligence.
  • BEE and management participation structures.
  • Follow-on acquisitions.
  • Debt and equity restructuring or refinancing.
  • Business rescue processes.
  • Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr is representing Entersekt Proprietary Limited and Entersekt International Limited, the South Africa-based fintech provider. Our client focuses on mobile-based security software protection; mobile banking and e-commerce transactions; and the protection of access to sensitive records and systems in healthcare, insurance, and government. Our fintech team has been leading work for this client in a round of private equity investments in the business by Rand Merchant Investment Holdings and BoE Private Equity Investments.