1 Protea Place
Private Bag X40, Benmore 2010
Number of partners: more than 115
Number of lawyers: more than 300
At Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr (CDH) we believe in partnerships. As one of South Africa’s largest business law firms, the partnerships we cherish and value the most are those we have forged through time and experience with our clients, our people and our communities.
We support our clients’ strategic and operational needs by offering innovative, integrated and high quality legal advice across our full range of legal services, tailored to their requirements. We have the depth of skills to respond to our client’s business operations locally, across Africa or anywhere else in the world.
Our Africa Capability
CDH is uniquely positioned to serve the legal needs of our clients with business interests in Africa. Our Africa service offering brings together the resources and expertise of leading law firms across the continent. This combined experience and geographic spread produces an extensive African capability. With first hand, in-depth experience, our Africa lawyers offer sector specific expertise and knowledge of regulatory nuances to provide an integrated service across Africa. We offer a dedicated, partner led team and a cost-effective service, at locally competitive billing rates.
Our geographic coverage across Africa is unrivalled. We have entrenched relationships with leading law firms in many African jurisdictions and a growing team of Africa-specialist lawyers across various international law firms on the continent. We provide expert local advice in whichever African jurisdiction is relevant to your transaction or project. Our Africa lawyers have direct experience acting for governments, state agencies and multinational organisations across Africa.
Our Service Capability
Whatever the scope of your transaction, we offer deep skills and experience to support your day to day business needs and long term strategies. Our structure suits many clients that operate on a national and international basis. We are able to project manage complex cross-border activity and you work seamlessly through a single point of contact with a trusted CDH adviser who understands your business and strategic objectives. Our clients range from local, national and international enterprises, listed and unlisted companies, major brands and multinationals across a wide range of sectors to emerging businesses with industry-leading technologies. We have a strong public sector client base, which includes government departments at all levels and state owned enterprises.
As a full service commercial law firm we provide a complete range of business legal services through our core practice areas: Competition, Corporate and Commercial, Dispute Resolution, Employment, Environmental, Finance and Banking, Pro Bono and Human Rights, Projects and Infrastructure, Real Estate, Tax, Technology, Media and Telecommunication, Trusts and Estates We offer a comprehensive range of corporate and commercial legal services. Our size, capacity and global relationships bring deep skills and specialisation to meet the full-service business needs of our clients nationally, across Africa and around the globe. We focus on a number of key sectors including mining and minerals, construction, energy, oil and gas, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, business rescue, pensions, and hospitality and leisure amongst others.
In 2015, and for the sixth year in a row, CDH advised on more Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) deals than any other law firm in South Africa. The firm has taken top honours in the DealMakers Awards for M&A deal flow since 2009. In addition, the firm was first for Deal Flow in the Corporate Finance transactions legal adviser tables.
The firm extended its domination of the domestic South African M&A market by a spectacular performance in Mergermarket’s M&A league tables for Africa and the Middle East. The M&A team claimed 1st place by deal count and 4th place by deal value in the Africa and Middle East region of Mergermarket’s M&A 2014 Global League Tables, released in mid-January 2015.
CDH won the Legal Week Africa Real Estate Team of the Year (2014) and in 2015 was once again named South Africa’s No. 1 Large Law Firm in the PMR Africa client research report. This is the 5th consecutive year that CDH has won this award.