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Peter Hesseling

Peter Hesseling

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr12th floor, 11 Buitengracht StreetCape TownSouth Africa8001

Global Leader

M&A 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Peter Hesseling is a highly experienced and knowledgeable practitioner who is well regarded for his adept handling of complex M&A deals.


Peter Hesseling is a director in Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr’s corporate and commercial practice and is a member of the firm’s executive committee. Peter has extensive experience in insolvency law, company law, corporate restructuring, transaction structuring, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, black economic empowerment, the investment industry (including the design and implementation of fund structures for various asset classes), various types of financing and selected areas of tax law.

Peter began his career in 1993 as a candidate attorney at Herbsteins (now Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr) and became a director in 1997. Before completing his articles, Peter trained in the South African Navy (where he served as a legal officer) and resided and worked in the Netherlands.

Peter is recommended in the corporate/M&A sections of Chambers (band 5, 2014–2015; band 4, 2016; band 3, 2017 and 2018), Which Lawyer? (2011–2012); The Legal 500 EMEA (2008–2017); IFLR1000 2012. He also features in the corporate law, insolvency and reorganisation, M&A, and private equity sections of Best Lawyers International (2013–2018). He is also recommended in Who's Who Legal: Capital Markets (2017) and Who's Who Legal: Merger & Acquisitions (2010–2011).

In 2014, Peter was named exclusive winner of the general corporate category in South Africa at the International Law Office (ILO) Client Choice Awards.

Peter received his Bcom LLB Hdip in tax from the University of Stellenbosch, a Dip in Insolvency Law and a PGDip in tax from the University of Cape Town. He was admitted as an attorney in 1995.

Peter is a member of the Cape Law Society and speaks English and Afrikaans.

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