Firm Profile

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

Firm Details


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 law firm - one of the largest business law firms in South Africa, with more than 350 lawyers and a track record spanning 163 years.


We are able to provide experienced legal support and an authentic knowledge-based and cost-effective legal service for clients looking to do business in key markets across Africa. Our Africa practice brings together the resources and expertise of leading business law firms across the continent that have direct experience acting for governments, state agencies and multinational organisations. This combined experience across the continent produces an extensive African capability. We also partner with other professional disciplines such as audit, business consulting or corporate finance disciplines to provide a seamless and integrated solution for projects that have a multi-disciplinary dimension.

We focus on a number of key sectors which are active and thriving in Africa, including mining and minerals, telecommunications, energy, oil and gas, banking and finance, projects and infrastructure, hospitality and leisure and arbitration.


  • Competition
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • Convergence and New Media
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Employment
  • Environment
  • Finance and Banking
  • Pro Bono & Human Rights
  • Projects & Infrastructure
  • Real Estate
  • Tax and Exchange Control
  • Technology and Sourcing
  • Trusts and Estates

In 2016 CDH clinched top honours at the DealMakers' Awards for M&A deal flow for the seventh year running. CDH was also ranked second for deal value in the corporate finance transactions legal adviser tables. CDH continued to extend its domination in M&A achieving first place by deal value for South African firms and 12th place internationally in the Mergermarket M&A Africa & Middle East 2015 Global League Tables. 


Gasant Orrie
Cape Managing Partner

Law Firm of the Year Awards

  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law in South Africa (2019)
  • Real Estate Law in South Africa (2019)

Top Listed National Awards

  • Top Listed in South Africa in Mergers and Acquisitions Law with 18 lawyers
  • Top Listed in South Africa in Real Estate Law with 9 lawyers

Top Listed City Awards

  • Top Listed in Sandton in Insurance Law with 2 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Cape Town in Labor and Employment Law with 3 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Sandton in Litigation with 7 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Cape Town in Mergers and Acquisitions Law with 10 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Cape Town in Real Estate Law with 5 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Sandton in Real Estate Law with 4 lawyers

About Our Clients

Our clients include local, national and international companies across a broad range of sectors, ranging from emerging businesses to multinationals and listed and unlisted companies. We have a strong public sector client base and act for government departments at all levels and state owned enterprises. 

Firm Practice Areas

  • Arbitration and Mediation
  • Capital Markets Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Energy Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Outsourcing
  • Private Equity Law
  • Project Finance and Development Practice
  • Public Finance Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Tax Law

Office Locations

South Africa

South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa

11 Buitengracht Street

Cape Town 8001

South Africa

27 21 481 6300

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Sandton, South Africa

1 Protea Place

Sandton 2196

South Africa

27 11 562 1000

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