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Candice Hunter-Linde
LLB (University of South Africa)
LLM (University of Pretoria)

Ms Hunter-Linde is a director in the firm’s Dispute Resolution and Litigation department and has vast experience in complex litigation matters. She holds an LLM degree in Private Law from the University of Pretoria and was admitted as an attorney of the High Court in 2007.

Ms Hunter-Linde practises commercial litigation, with a strong focus on and special interest in insolvency and business rescue. She helps her clients to develop and implement appropriate strategies to effectively manage and resolve disputes. Her approach to disputes is to be a tough but principled negotiator and she adopts a highly commercial approach in her advisory role.

She advises our corporate clients and leading insolvency practitioners in relation to formal insolvency appointments and on all aspects pertaining to liquidations, sequestrations and restructures. She has specialist expertise most notable in the petroleum, retail, telecommunications, asset finance and insurance industries. Within the petroleum sector she has advised and represented a market leader in numerous litigious matters, in a variety of forums which encompasses all areas of its business.

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Vuyo Mkwibiso
LLB (National University of Lesotho)
LLM (University of KwaZulu-Natal)

Mr Mkwibiso is a director at the firm’s Johannesburg office and the head of the firm’s Labour department. He is an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa, with the right of appearance in the High Court, the Supreme Court of Appeal and the Constitutional Court. He holds an LLM degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Vuyo has close to 10 years’ experience in labour law and is an all-round labour lawyer, having dealt with a variety of employment law issues in different representative capacities. He often appears in the Labour Court, CCMA, and bargaining councils and has provided legal advice to clients on cases such as restraints of trade, sexual harassment complaints, unfair labour practice disputes, dismissal disputes, section 197 transfers of businesses, and unfair discrimination cases. He has also handled disciplinary cases as Chairperson and Initiator, including cases concerning general procurement irregularities, PFMA contraventions and MFMA contraventions.

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Lerato Mathopo
BProc (Vista University, Soweto Campus)
LLB (University of South Africa)

Ms Mathopo is a partner and the head of the Dispute Resolution and Investigation department at DM5 with over 19 years of experience. Her experience includes dispute resolution and corporate commercial experience. She has also advised in transactions in different sectors and various jurisdictions. She has also advised in both the public and private sectors.

Her experience includes general commercial work, mergers & acquisitions, PPPs and investigations. She has advised in various sectors including telecommunications having advised licensees and regulatory bodies, transport sector in particular the rail sector, energy having advised in renewable energy projects and water sector.

Her public sector experience includes PPPs (feasibility studies and procurement), procurement advisory work (legal opinions and investigations) and investigations.

Ms Mathopo is a fellow of the Cyrus R. Vance Center of International Justice of The New York City Bar.

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Ashley Allanby
LLB (University of Pretoria)
Conveyancer and Notary

Ms Allanby is a director at the Johannesburg office and the head of the Property and Real Estate department. She is an admitted attorney, conveyancer and notary of the High Court of South Africa.

Ms Allanby has 15 years of experience and practises in all areas of property law including transfers, mortgage and notarial bonds, subdivisions, consolidations, township establishment, residential and commercial property development and commercial property finance.

She has attended to conveyancing for both the residential and commercial property sectors, the acquisition and disposal of large property portfolios for corporate clients, the registration of commercial mortgage bonds, notarial bonds, the opening of sectional title schemes and township registers, the drafting and registration of long-term leases and personal and praedial servitudes.

In addition to conveyancing and notarial work, Ms Allanby has experience in the drafting of property related commercial agreements for corporate clients and has attended to due diligence work on numerous property projects.

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Neo Talane
LLB (University of Johannesburg)
HDip Insolvency Law and Practice (cum laude) (University of Johannesburg)

Ms Talane is a director in the Corporate Commercial department at the firm’s Johannesburg office. She was admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa in 2011 and assists the senior directors in all facets of their commercial practise.

She has garnered experience in mergers and acquisitions (M&A), structured and general finance (including loan transactions, preference shares and debt security structures), BEE transactions involving various funding and M&A characteristics and private equity transactions (including fund formation, M&As management arrangements, finance arrangements and post-formation investment transactions).

Ms Talane has advised financial institutions, development funding institutes, investment and private equity funds as well as government and governmental agencies. She also provides deal structuring advisory services to clients regarding commercial and contractual matters.

In addition, Ms Talane is a member of the panel of approved Provisional Liquidators and Trustees of the Master of the High Court of South Africa.

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Vele Mulangaphuma
BProc (cum laude), LLB (University of South Africa)
LLM (University of the Witwatersrand)

Ms Mulangaphuma is a partner at the firm’s Johannesburg office and the head of the firm’s Corporate Banking and Finance department. She holds an LLM degree in Corporate Law from the University of the Witwatersrand and is an admitted attorney of the High court of South Africa.

Ms Mulangaphuma has more than 15 years’ experience of broad capabilities in banking and finance including project finance, corporate finance and syndicated lending representing domestic and international corporate entities in a broad range of transactions largely in the infrastructure market. Her expertise extends across a myriad of industry sectors and combines knowledge of PPPs, construction and project finance with expertise handling transactions.

She has advised sponsors, developers, financial institutions, investment funds, government and governmental agencies on projects and their financing across a wide range of industry sectors, with particular emphasis on the energy (including renewables) and the infrastructure sector. She further also provides business law advice to clients regarding commercial and contractual matters.

Ms Mulangaphuma is a fellow of the Cyrus R. Vance Centre of International Justice of The New York City Bar.

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