Cliffe Dekker hires Deepa Vallabh as new M&A head for Africa and Asia

South African law firm DLA Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr has appointed Deepa Vallabh as new head of cross-border M&A for African and Asia, with the aim to focus on growth cities and the increasing diversification of African economies.

Deepa Vallabh joins the firm from Johannesburg-based rival firm Webber Wentzel where she has served on the board, headed the firm's sector group "Industrials" and was an active member in the sector group "Mining". Deepa specialises in both domestic and cross-border M&A, as well as corporate reorganisations and restructurings. She is focused on developing a legal platform in Africa to better service clients who have strategic aspirations to enter and grow in the continent's emerging markets.