PRACTICE OVERVIEWWhether you are a real estate investor,developer or corporate end user, youwill not find greater breadth and depthof legal expertise in South Africa andKenya, covering all the issues youface in relation to real estate, than atCliffe Dekker Hofmeyr (CDH).With a team of over 100 real estatepartners, directors, associates, candidateattorneys, secretaries and consultants acrossJohannesburg, Cape Town, Nairobi andStellenbosch, our Real Estate practice isunmatched in South Africa and Kenya. Ourteam has the depth of resources to handlelarge volumes of real estate transactionswhatever their size or nature.For more than 150 years, the Real Estatelawyers at CDH have added value by deliveringinnovative solutions practically.“Their level of professionalism isimpressive and remains unequalled.”Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr’s Real Estateteam “goes the extra mile in ensuringoutstanding service delivery.”CHAMBERS GLOBAL 2022Our extensive experience, strong track recordand remarkable industry insight allow us tocreate synergies and opportunities betweenour clients. Our team in South Africa and Kenyais supported by lawyers from other practiceswithin the firm with specialist skills in areassuch as Finance & Banking, Tax & ExchangeControl, Competition Law, Employment Law,Environmental Law and Dispute Resolution.With this comprehensive support structure, ourReal Estate team offers a full range of servicesto assist you with any property transaction.OUR CLIENTSWe act for private sector clients across allasset types, ranging from banks and otherfinancial services institutions to capital marketplayers such as listed property funds, realestate investment funds, asset managers andproperty syndicates. We advise many local andinternational (institutional) investors.Our clients include corporate and residentialproperty owners, managers and occupiers,and developers of commercial, retail, industrialand residential properties.Our clients belong to a broad range ofindustries including hospitality and leisure,energy and natural resources, infrastructuredevelopment and construction. We haveexpertise inter alia, advising on golf estatesand game farms, timeshare schemes, clusterand sectional title developments, retirementvillages, share blocks and the formation ofresidents associations.In the public sector we act for governmentdepartments and state-owned entities, and werepresent land and top structure developers inthe affordable housing market.REAL ESTATE LAW cliffedekkerhofmeyr.com
The team earns praise for its ability to provide “excellentlegal advice and is very commercially minded.”CHAMBERS GLOBAL 2022Clients commend the firm’s “excellent service,” saying:“They are highly professional and excellent from atechnical standpoint.”CHAMBERS GLOBAL 2021The team has the strongest skills and experience in thelisted real estate sector in South Africa.THE LEGAL 500 EMEA 2020Clients comment that the practice “offers a completeone stop solution for all corporate legal needs and anability to source knowledge from other areas whenneeded. The team is willing to go the extra mile, offersuperb client service and is always available”.THE LEGAL 500 EMEA 2020
OUR SERVICESWe advise on every component of atransaction, including commercial andprivate or residential real estate acquisitionsand disposals, property finance, leasing,management and disputes, structuring,restructuring, and environmental andpermit matters.We understand the business needs ofmortgage financiers.We know the risk implications of the variousforms of real security such as mortgageand notarial bonds. We have experience insecuritisation schemes, acquisition and leveragedfinance, project finance, syndicated lendingand infrastructure and development. We haveexpertise in asset finance and the hypothecationof assets such as ships, aircraft and trademarks.Our team advises banks and other financialinstitutions on structuring commercial and homeloan products, systems and related processes,and all security and related standard documents.Clients say that the teams “knowledgeand expertise is first class” and that theyare “experts in their fields.”THE LEGAL 500 EMEA 2021REAL ESTATE LAW cliffedekkerhofmeyr.com
OUR SERVICES.continuedWe also act for private individuals and are experts in conveyancing. We offer expertise in a large number of specialist areas and can advise on:Commercialproperty agreementsCommercial andproperty structuring realestate investment trustsSectional titledevelopmentsTransfers due diligenceinvestigationsLand userightsLeasesMortgage bondsNotarial workRenewable energyOwners associations“The one-stop legal practice is diverse with many areas ofspecialisation which assists in resolving matters in-house.They are professional legal practitioners who provideexcellent client services. They conducted a number ofvirtual workshops during lockdown on a range of topicsthat businesses were battling to cope with that werepandemic related and availed themselves to provide anyfollow up advice in this regard.”THE LEGAL 500 EMEA 2022REAL ESTATE LAW cliffedekkerhofmeyr.com
MARKET RECOGNITIONOur Real Estate team is externally praised for its depth of resources, capabilities and experience.Chambers Global 2017–2022 ranked us in Band 1 for real estate.Legal 500 EMEA 2014–2022 recommended us in Tier 1 for real estate.The way we support and interact with our clients attracts significant external recognition.Muhammad Gattoo is the Practice Head of the Real Estate team. The Legal 500 EMEA 2021–2022 recommended him for real estate.Sammy Ndolo is the Kenya Managing Partner. Chambers Global 2021–2022 ranked Sammy in Band 4 for corporate/M&A.The Legal 500 EMEA 2022 recommended him for banking & finance. IFLR1000 2021 ranked Sammy as a notable practitioner.Chambers Global 2017–2022 ranked Lucia Erasmus in Band 3 for real estate. The Legal 500 EMEA 2020–2022 recommended her as aleading individual for real estate.The Legal 500 EMEA 2021–2022 recommended Simone Franks for real estate.William Midgley is the Head of the Commercial Real Estate sector, and a director in our Real Estate practice. Chambers Global2017–2022 ranked him in Band 2 for real estate. The Legal 500 EMEA 2017–2022 recommended him as a leading individual forreal estate.Chambers Global 2021–2022 ranked John Webber in Band 2 for real estate and in Band 3 in 2019-2020. The Legal 500 EMEA 2021–2022recommended him as a leading individual for real estate.The Legal 500 EMEA 2022 recommended Samantha Kelly for real estate.2021Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr2014-2022BAND 1Real EstateTIER 1Real Estate2021 1st2021 2nd2021 2nd2021 3rd2021 3rd2021 4thby M&A Deal Flow.by General CorporateFinance Deal Flow.by BEE Deal Value.by General CorporateFinance Deal Flow.by BEE Deal Flow.by M&A Deal Value.2022TOP TIER FIRMCliffe Dekker HofmeyrREAL ESTATE LAW cliffedekkerhofmeyr.com
OUR TEAMFor more information about our Real Estate practice and services in South Africa and Kenya, please contact:Muhammad GattooPractice Head & Director:Real EstateT 27 (0)11 562 1174E [email protected] GattooDirector:Real EstateT 27 (0)11 562 1236E [email protected] HeppesSenior Associate:Real EstateT 27 (0)11 562 1580E [email protected] NdoloManaging Partner KenyaT 254 731 086 649 254 204 409 918 254 710 560 114E [email protected] ImmelmanDirector:Real EstateT 27 (0)21 405 6078E [email protected] Kaniu GitongaSenior Associate KenyaT 254 731 086 649 254 204 409 918 254 710 560 114E [email protected] BrownDirector:Real EstateT 27 (0)11 562 1235E [email protected] CollinsDirector:Real EstateT 27 (0)21 481 6401E [email protected] ErasmusDirector:Real EstateT 27 (0)11 562 1082E [email protected] FranksDirector:Real EstateT 27 (0)21 670 7462E [email protected] MidgleySector Head: Commercial Real EstateDirector: Real EstateT 27 (0)11 562 1390E [email protected] SerfonteinDirector:Real EstateT 27 (0)11 562 1237E [email protected] WebberDirector:Real EstateT 27 (0)11 562 1444E [email protected] FletcherSenior Associate:Real EstateT 27 (0)11 562 1263E [email protected] KaraSenior Associate:Real EstateT 27 (0)11 562 1859E [email protected] KellySenior Associate:Real EstateT 27 (0)11 562 1160E [email protected]
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The Legal 500 EMEA 2021-2022 recommended Simone Franks for real estate. William Midgley is the Head of the Commercial Real Estate sector, and a director in our Real Estate practice. Chambers Global 2017-2022 ranked him in Band 2 for real estate. The Legal 500 EMEA 2017-2022 recommended him as a leading individual for real estate.