GCR 100 - 18th Edition

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

29 March 2018

South Africa

Since its split from DLA Piper in 2015, CLIFFE DEKKER HOFMEYR’s team boasts significant experience. Peers describe its lawyers as “good”, with practice head Chris Charter singled out for special praise. The group consists of six partners and is one of the most active and successful deal teams in the country. It acts for Fidelity Security Group – South Africa’s largest security services provider – in its proposed merger with ADT, which is one of two national players in the armed response market. The commission has recommended the tie-up be unconditionally approved and the tribunal heard the matter in March 2017. The firm also advised Sovereign Food, one of the largest poultry producers in South Africa, on Country Bird Holdings’ hostile takeover of the company – one of the few hostile mergers that have resulted in litigation before the competition authority.

The firm continues to represent Mediclinic in the Competition Commission’s inquiry into the private healthcare market, which is looking into reasons for rising healthcare costs in South Africa. It is also the ongoing adviser on the Coca-Cola Company’s option to buy SABMiller’s stake in Coca-Cola Beverages Africa.

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