Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

South Africa

1 Protea Place
Sandton, Johannesburg
Private Bag X40, Benmore 2010
South Africa

+27 11 562 1000

+27 11 562 1111

Quick facts:

Number of partners: 120
Number of lawyers: 270

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr is one of the largest business law firms in South Africa (SA). The firm combines a significant national footprint with sizeable influence in SA's main commercial centres, Johannesburg and Cape Town, and global reach through its affiliation to DLA Piper, one of the world's largest legal services organisations. The firm's Africa practice, in conjunction with DLA Piper, is unrivalled in terms of pan-African legal services and geographical coverage.


The firm offers clients the advantage of one law firm with the depth of resources, capabilities and experience to support their day-to-day business needs and long term strategies. The scale of the firm allows its lawyers to specialise in a particular field of law. Its services cover the complete spectrum of a client's business legal needs through its core practice areas: Competition; Corporate and Commercial; Dispute Resolution: Litigation, Arbitration and Mediation; Employment/Labour; Environmental Law; Finance and Banking; Pro Bono and Human Rights; Projects and Infrastructure; Real Estate; Tax; Technology, Media and Telecommunications; and Trusts and Estates.


There are also dedicated sector-led teams consisting of lawyers from across the various practice groups with a wealth of experience in a wide range of industries including aviation, black economic empowerment, energy, financial services, hospitality and leisure, mining and minerals and outsourcing, as well as a strong public sector team.


The firm has one of the largest Corporate and M&A practices in SA with a team of more than 50 qualified lawyers and a Private Equity team comprising more than 20 partners and 38 lawyers with specialist skills spanning corporate, funding and tax. For the fourth year in a row, business law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr has advised on more M&A deals than any other law firm in South Africa. The firm has taken top honours in the DealMakers 2012 Awards for M&A deal flow since 2009. The firm advised on 98 M&A deals in 2012 (up from 77 last year), which was 24.5% of market share. The value of the deals was R41,109 billion. The firm was also ranked first for General Corporate Finance Deal Flow and Deal Value, having advised on 33 corporate finance transactions in 2012, with a combined deal value of R 39,424 billion. The firm was also first in Unlisted Deals Deal Flow.


The firm's lawyers commit to partnering with their clients and delivering high quality standards of advice. A partner-led and client-focused approach provides the right level of experience and efficiency to deliver practical and commercial solutions to clients' matters. A host of recent accolades and awards includes being named SA's No.1 law firm for seven years in the PMR. Africa annual survey, in which law firm clients rate legal firms across a range of criteria.

Cape Town Regional Office
11 Buitengracht Street
Cape Town
PO Box 695, Cape Town 8000
South Africa
Tel: +27 21 481 6300
Fax: +27 21 481 6388
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