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Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr brochure


An overview of our firm

                          EVERYTHING MATTERS
At Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, we believe in partnerships. The partnerships we cherish and
value are those we have forged through time and experience with our clients and, of
course, our people.

We are one of the leading commercial           Full service business capability                  Strength and depth across
law firms in South Africa and have a strong                                                      practice areas
                                               At Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, we offer our
national presence in Johannesburg and
                                               clients the advantage of one law firm with        The scale of the firm allows our lawyers
Cape Town.
                                               the depth of resources, capabilities and          to specialise in a particular field of law.
                                               experience to support their day to day            Our clients can depend on the strength of
Through our exclusive alliance with global
                                               business needs and long term strategies.          specialisation and experience offered by
legal services organisation, DLA Piper,
                                                                                                 our dedicated teams of lawyers, no matter
our ability to meet the needs of our clients
                                               We support the strategic and operational          the size of the transaction.
has never been stronger - wherever in the
                                               needs of our clients by offering high quality
world they choose to do business.              legal advice across the full range of business    We also draw on the expertise of lawyers
                                               legal services and industries, and providing      from across specialities to provide a fully
                                               practical and commercially focused legal          integrated service in specialised fields
Our client-focused approach                    solutions.
                                                                                                 such as black economic empowerment,
We are passionate about our commitment                                                           finance, mergers and acquisitions,
                                               Our clients represent a broad cross-section
to providing a high degree of client care                                                        private equity, infrastructure, projects and
                                               of industries and sectors as well as all levels
and relationship management. We make it                                                          public private partnerships, insolvency,
                                               of government. We advise local, national
our priority to get to know our clients so                                                       restructuring and regulatory.
                                               and international companies, from emerging
we can better understand their needs and
                                               businesses to major brands.
provide a meaningful service.                                                                    Our sector expertise

We are totally committed to our clients,       Our areas of practice                             We have sector-led teams consisting of
every step of the way.                                                                           dedicated lawyers from across our practice
                                               We offer clients a service that covers the
                                                                                                 areas with a wealth of experience in a wide
                                               complete spectrum of their legal needs
Our approach is to give commercial and                                                           range of industries including aviation,
pragmatic advice, and enjoy a good rapport     through our 11 core Practice Groups:
                                                                                                 energy, financial services, hospitality
with our clients.
                                                   Competition / Antitrust                       and leisure, mining and minerals, and
                                                                                                 outsourcing. We have a strong public
    We commit to protecting our clients'           Corporate and Commercial
                                                                                                 sector focus.
    interests                                      Dispute Resolution:
                                                   Litigation, Arbitration and
    We aim to build long term relationships        Mediation                                     Our global reach
    with our clients
                                                   Employment                                    Our exclusive relationship with DLA Piper,
    We ensure that our clients have control                                                      one of the largest legal services providers
                                                   Environmental Law
    of the process
                                                                                                 in the world, means that our clients can
                                                   Finance, Projects and Banking
    We expose any key issues at an                                                               rely on receiving the right service for
    early stage                                    Intellectual Property                         any particular matter, whether requiring
                                                                                                 seamless coordination across multiple
    We simplify the processes and make             Real Estate
                                                                                                 jurisdictions or delivery in a single location
    them easier to understand                      Tax                                           in all the major business centres globally.
    We strive to ensure that our clients are       Technology, Media and
    not burdened with unnecessary pressure         Telecommunications

    We work in teams                               Trusts and Estates

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Our Africa practice                           Value-creating services                         “Everything matters” is not just how we
                                                                                              refer to our service to clients, it also
DLA Piper's Africa practice is unrivalled     At Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr we offer more
                                                                                              describes our commitment to give back to
in terms of pan-African legal services and    than legal advice. We commit to partnering
geographical coverage. As DLA Piper's         with our clients and to ensuring a better       our local communities through volunteer
Africa Group firm in South Africa, we         service experience. We prioritise efficiency.   and pro bono work.
are able to offer our clients a genuine       We value knowledge. We emphasise
knowledge based service at locally            sharing, applying and managing our              Recognition
competitive rates. Our Africa lawyers have    considerable knowledge assets for the
                                                                                                  Ranked No.1 M&A Legal Advisor:
in-depth experience of transactions in the    benefit of our clients through continuous
                                                                                                  Ernst and Young Review of M&A
financial services sector and in the key      training and skills transfer.
                                                                                                  Activity in 2009
development sectors, including telecoms,
                                              Our knowledge management initiatives                Ranked first by number of deals:
energy, infrastructure, mining, hotels
                                              include advanced knowledge centres;                 DealMakers M&A 2009 Awards
and leisure.
                                              extensive local and international precedent
                                              libraries; advanced legal research tools and        Winner of the International Law Office
Technical excellence and a
                                              systems; a sophisticated document                   Client Choice Award 2010
commercial approach
                                              management system; regular client seminars          Winner of ACQ Global 2010 Awards
We are committed to delivering the highest
                                              and updates and professional development            - Africa for Client Care Law Firm;
standards of advice. Many of our lawyers
                                              programmes.                                         Commercial Law Firm; Technology,
and practice areas are recognised as market
leaders by independent professional                                                               Media and Telecommunications
                                              In addition to offering competitive rates,
directories such as Chambers Global and                                                           Law Firm
                                              we take a flexible approach to fee
The Legal 500.                                arrangements.                                       Winner of the World Finance 2010
                                                                                                  Legal Awards - Africa for Best Dispute
Our clients can depend on our partner-led                                                         Resolution Team and Best Competition
                                              Transformation and diversity
approach, which ensures we provide the                                                            and Anti-Trust Team
right level of experience and efficiency to   We value diversity, respect for the
deliver a commercial solution to their        individual and equal opportunity.                   Rated in the top two large law firm
matters. We work closely with our clients     Transformation is considered as the shared          rankings over the past seven years and
to understand their businesses and provide    responsibility of everyone in our firm. We          ranked No.1 over four years in the
advice that will produce results.             have earned a Level 2 Contributor BEE               PMR.Africa annual survey in which
                                              rating and take pride in the ongoing                clients rate the top legal firms across a
                                              initiatives and measures that are in progress       range of service criteria.
                                              to ensure we achieve our greater
                                              transformation aspirations.

From the quality of our legal advice and business insight to the efficiency of our legal teams,
we believe that when it comes to the way we serve and interact with our clients,

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      If you would like further information on the services we offer, please contact us.

                Chris Ewing                                        Ian Hayes                                           Hugh Jackson
                Director                                           Director                                            Director
                Chief Executive Officer                            National Practice Head                              Joint National Practice Head
                T +27 (0)11 290 7120                               Corporate and Commercial                            Real Estate
                E                           T +27 (0)11 290 7121                                T +27 (0)11 290 7085
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                 Jo Neser                                          Pieter Conradie                                     Attie Pretorius
                 Director                                          Director                                            Director
                 Joint Cape Town Managing Partner                  National Practice Head                              Joint National Practice Head
                 T +27 (0)21 481 6329                              Dispute Resolution: Litigation,                     Real Estate
                 E                             Arbitration and Mediation                           T +27 (0)11 286 1107
                                                                   T +27 (0)11 286 1109                                E
                Gasant Orrie                                       Aadil Patel                                         Eben van Wyk
                Director                                           Director                                            Director
                Joint Cape Town Managing Partner                   National Practice Head                              National Practice Head
                T +27 (0)21 405 6044                               Employment                                          Intellectual Property
                E                          T +27 (0)11 290 7212                                T +27 (0)21 481 6311
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                 Mondo Ntlha                                       Terry Winstanley                                    Emil Brincker
                 Director                                          Director                                            Director
                 National Practice Head                            National Practice Head                              National Practice Head
                 T +27 (0)11 290 7128
                                                                   Environmental Law                                   Tax
                 E                          T +27 (0)21 481 6322                                T +27 (0)11 290 7315
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                 Preeta Bhagattjee                                 Joz Coetzer                                         Johann Jacobs
                 Director                                          Director                                            Director
                 National Practice Head                            National Practice Head                              National Practice Head
                 Technology, Media and                             Finance, Projects and Banking                       Trusts and Estates
                 Telecommunications                                T +27 (0)11 290 7109                                T +27 (0)21 481 6380
                 T +27 (0)11 290 7210                              E                            E


                                             JOHANNESBURG                                             CAPE TOWN

                                             6 Sandown Valley Crescent     1 Protea Place             11 Buitengracht Street         5th floor Protea Place
                                             Sandown                       Sandown                    Cape Town 8001                 Protea Road
                                             Sandton 2196                  Sandton 2196               PO Box 695                     Claremont 7708
                                             Private Bag X40               Private Bag X7             Cape Town 8000                 PO Box 23110
                                             Benmore 2010                  Benmore 2010               South Africa                   Claremont 7735
                                             South Africa                  South Africa               Dx 5 Cape Town                 South Africa
                                             Dx 154 Randburg               Dx 42 Johannesburg         T +27 (0)21 481 6300           Dx 5 Cape Town
                                             T +27 (0)11 286 1100          T +27 (0)11 290 7000       F +27 (0)21 481 6388           T +27 (0)21 683 2621
                                             F +27 (0)11 286 1264          F +27 (0)11 290 7300       E               F +27 (0)21 671 9740
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                                                                                                     Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr is a member of DLA Piper Group,
EVERYTHING MATTERS                                                                                                               an alliance of legal practices

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