Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr continues hiring spree

October 22, 2015 Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, former South African ally to DLA Piper, significantly boosted its finance team with the hire of five directors, which are similar to partner-level, as well as adding a director to its employment team.

The firm has been focusing on growing practices it views as strategic following the dissolution of its alliance with DLA Piper earlier this year. In September, the firm brought in two tax directors, Dries Hoek and Mark Linington, from Webber Wentzel, a firm allied with Linklaters.

Half of the new hires arrive from Norton Rose Fulbright. They include directors Pierre Swart, Gavin Noeth and Bridget King. Swart held the position of South African head of debt capital markets with Norton. Noeth practices mainly in project finance while King deals with financial regulation issues.

Joining them on the finance team are Cheadle Thompson & Haysom director Zaaheda Mayet as well as Carmen de Villiers, who was previously a senior associate at Webber Wentzel, but joins the firm as director. Mayet's practice centers on pension funds while de Villiers experience lies in the debt and acquisition finance arena.

The employment team also sees a new addition in director Samiksha Singh. Singh comes Cowan Harper Attorneys and was previously a senior associate.

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