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Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

Tel No: +27 (0) 83 326 4826

                     +27 (0) 11 562 1593

Contact: Ian Hayes

Designation: Director and National Practice Head, Corporate and Commercial

Address: 1 Protea Place

                          Cnr Fredman Drive & Protea Place


At Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr (CDH) we believe in partnerships. As one of the largest business law firms in South Africa, 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 are committed to providing a high degree of client care and relationship management. Getting to know our clients is our priority. In this way, we are able to support their strategic and operational needs by offering high-quality legal advice across our full range of legal services, tailored to their requirements. We have the depth of skills to respond to a client’s business operations locally or anywhere else in the world.

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.

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Our Corporate and Commercial practice in south and east Africa has a particularly strong presence and has continually excelled in a number of merger and acquisition rankings and awards. We have the capacity to advise and take the lead on the largest and most complex of mergers and acquisitions as well as other corporate and commercial law related areas across Africa.

Our Corporate M&A Lawyers work seamlessly with experienced practitioners from other practice areas to provide the full suite of services necessary to deliver strategic support on transactional work. We deal with regulatory requirements, advise on tax matters, manage due diligence and prepare all the necessary documents. Our seasoned team has significant experience in pre- and post-deal structuring and integration.

Meet some of the team...

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Brent Williams
Chief Executive Officer
Tel: +27 (0)11 562 1167

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Ian Hayes
Director and National Practice Head:
Corporate and Commercial

Tel: +27 (0) 83 326 4826
+27 (0)11 562 1593



David Thompson
Deputy Regional Practice Head:
Corporate and Commercial

Tel: +27 (0)21 481 6335

Articles Published in DealMakers and DealMakers AFRICA

Q2 2022

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Q1 2022


by Brian Jennings and Nikhil Sham

2021 Annual

The role of mergers and acquisitions in the pharmaceutical industry

by Roxanna Valayathum and Carmin Jansen van Vuuren

Q2 2021

Mandatory appointment of an employee representative to a board of directors
by Vivien Chaplin, Darryl Jago and Mmakgabo Makgabo

The time-bar strikes back
by Ian Hayes, Brian Jennings and Vaughn Rajah

Q1 2021

2020 Annual

A day late and a dollar short

by Jaco Meyer and Rachel Kelly

How good governance drives business resilience and continuity

by Gasant Orrie, Zahrah Ebrahim and Fatena Ali

Q3 2020

Q2 2020

Dealmaking opportunities in a time of crisis

by Elnalene Cornelius and Tessa Brewis

Q1 2020

BEE deals continue to drive significant M&A activity 

by Allan Hannie and Verushca Pillay

2019 Annual

Disruptive technology and its impact on the M&A landscape 

by Roxanna Valayathum and Nicholas Gangiah

Q3 2019

Q2 2019

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