Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr


At Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr (CDH) we believe the right partnership can lead to great things. The partnerships we cherish and value most are those we have forged through time and experience with our clients and, of course, our people. We are a full service corporate and commercial law firm and provide experienced support wherever in the world you conduct business. We offer an authentic knowledge-based and cost-effective service for clients looking to do business in Africa. Our Africa practice brings together the resources and expertise of leading business law firms across the continent. With first hand, in-depth experience, our Africa lawyers offer sector-specific insights and knowledge of regulatory nuances to provide an exceptional integrated service. Whatever the scope of your transaction, we offer a depth of 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 offer a seamless experience through a single point of contact with a trusted CDH adviser who understands your business and strategic objectives.


Doing business in Africa offers unique opportunities and challenges, and with these come a need to understand the cultural, economic and political nuances that exist across the vast continent. CDH is strongly positioned to serve your legal needs. Our team, together with our partner law firms on the continent have direct experience acting for governments, state agencies and multinational private organisations across the continent. We focus on a number of key sectors, including mining and minerals, telecommunications, energy, oil and gas, finance and banking, projects and infrastructure, hospitality and leisure, and arbitration. With first hand, in-depth experience, CDH is able to offer sector-specific expertise and knowledge of regulatory nuances to provide an exceptional integrated service across Africa. This includes: A proven track record and deal experience across multiple jurisdictions in Africa A practical and commercial approach A multi-disciplinary team of lawyers managed from a single point Extensive sector experience Substantial and established alliances with African firms. A dedicated, partner-led team and a cost-effective service at locally competitive billing rates


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 clients’ business operations locally, across Africa or anywhere else in the world. Our range of clients includes national and international enterprises, listed and unlisted companies, major brands and multinationals across a wide range of sectors, and 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 legal services through our core practice areas:

  • Competition/Antitrust
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Employment
  • Environmental
  • Finance & Banking
  • Pro Bono & Human Rights
  • Projects & Infrastructure
  • Real Estate
  • Tax & Exchange Control
  • Technology & Sourcing
  • Trusts & Estates

The large scale of the firm allows our lawyers to specialise in their particular fields of law. When a client matter requires broad-based legal services, we draw on the skills of lawyers from across different practice areas who work as a team to provide a fully integrated and seamless service. We have dedicated practice and sector teams consisting of partners and lawyers with a wealth of experience in a wide range of industries.

Our sector specialism includes:

  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Mining & Minerals
  • Oil & Gas
  • Outsourcing
  • Pensions
  • Private Equity
  • Product Liability
  • The Companies Act
  • Administrative & Public Law
  • Aviation
  • Black Economic Empowerment
  • Business Rescue
  • Restructuring & Insolvency
  • Construction & Engineering
  • Consumer Protection
  • Convergence & New Media
  • Corporate Governance
  • Data Protection & Privacy Debt
  • Capital Markets
  • Education & Training
  • Employee Benefits
  • Energy
  • Financial Services
  • Franchising
  • Gaming Regulatory
  • Health & Safety
  • Hospitality & Leisure
  • Immigration
  • Insurance Law
  • Listings, Stock Exchange & Public Documents
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Mining & Minerals
  • Oil & Gas
  • Outsourcing
  • Pensions
  • Private Equity
  • Product Liability
  • The Companies Act