Hans Klopper is recommended by lawyers in South Africa as an outstanding restructuring and insolvency adviser. He assists businesses in various sectors including retail, property and mining.
Hans Klopper is an admitted attorney in South Africa, specialising in restructuring and insolvency law. He is actively involved in the restructuring and business rescue of multiple businesses in the mining, retail, renewable energy and commercial property sectors. In his restructuring capacity, Hans has restructured the affairs of two prominent South African golf estates and, in early 2016, a major jewellery retailer with more than 70 stores.
As a renowned thought leader, he regularly presents workshops and lectures in his field, and constantly contributes to global and local publications. Hans has co-authored an article in The Stellenbosch Law Review, Volume 25, Number 3, 2014 titled “Averting Liquidations with Business Rescue: Does a Section 155 Compromise Place the Bar Too High?”, and was featured on Who’s Who Legal: Restructuring & Insolvency 2016. For a number of years, he has been one of the authors for The Restructuring Review, writing the South African chapter which is published annually in the UK.
He is a past director of the South African Restructuring and Insolvency Practitioners Association (SARIPA), on the board of directors of INSOL International and served as the chair of INSOL’s smaller practice committee. Hans has also chaired the Northern Province’s law society committee for insolvencies and liquidations for five years and served on the insolvency standing committee of the Law Society of South Africa.
At the very outset of the change of legislation in South Africa in 2011, when the Companies Act 71 of 2008 came into law on 1 May 2011, Hans was at the forefront of restructuring companies under financial distress and, within the first month, restructured possibly the first close corporation (CC) in financial distress which was a first of its kind.
Since that time, Hans and the business restructuring team at BDO have attended to the most restructuring matters in South Africa, some of which were highly complex and unprecedented in South African law.
More recently, Hans and the BDO team have been actively involved in the construction industry and attended to the restructuring of Liviero Construction, the largest privately-owned construction and mining group in SA. Hans and the team also rescued Esor Construction by way of an adoption of a business rescue plan on 5 March 2019.