Chris Ewing

Chris Ewing

Executive Consultant - Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, Chairman - DLA Piper Africa

Chris Ewing is the immediate past chairman of Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr and currently acts as a consultant to the firm. Chris has practiced in corporate law for more than 30 years and is recognised as the firm's leading mergers and acquisitions specialist. He acts for domestic and international clients and is adept at leading cross-border projects.

Chris is currently Chairman of DLA Piper Africa and is responsible for the relationships which the firm holds with its partner firms across Africa as well as for the continued development of DLA Piper Africa and the relationship between Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr and DLA Piper.  


Chris began his career in 1970 in the finance department at South African Breweries. In 1974 he joined Cliffe Dekker (now Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr) as a candidate attorney, then as an associate until 1978 when he moved to Credit Guarantee Corporation as their legal adviser. Chris returned to Cliffe Dekker in 1979 and was appointed as a partner in 1982. He has since 2002 served either as Chief Executive Officer or Chairman of Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr or of its legacy firm, Cliffe Dekker Inc. In April 2014, Chris became Chairman of DLA Piper Africa and a Consultant to Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr.



  • BCom LLB, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Year of admission as an attorney: 1976


  • Law Society of the Northern Provinces
  • Member of the South African Takeover Regulation Panel
  • Member of the Advisory Board of Best Lawyers International
  • Chairman – BetterLife Group Limited
  • Director – MiX Telematics Limited


  • In over 30 years' experience in advising listed and unlisted companies, Chris has acted in a vast number and broad range of notable transactions in South Africa, Sub‑Saharan Africa and internationally.
  • Chris has advised prominent listed South African companies and influential global entities in domestic transactions as well as a number of cross-border transactions involving multiple African countries.

Market recognition

  • The Legal 500 EMEA series 2005 to 2013 recommends Chris in Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions.
  • The IFLR1000 - Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms 2009 to 2015 ranks Chris as a leading lawyer in Corporate/M&A. Chris "receives glowing feedback from clients."
  • Practical Law CompanyPLC Which Lawyer? 2007 to 2010 highly recommends Chris in Corporate/M&A, Private Equity/Venture Capital and Corporate Governance.
  • Who's Who Legal - International Who's Who of Merger & Acquisition Lawyers 2007 to 2011 and International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2007 to 2011 selects Chris as being among the world's leading M&A lawyers.
  • Chambers Global 2006 to 2010 rates Chris Ewing in the top tier, Band 1, within Corporate/M&A.
  • Expert Guides: Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers, 2006 to 2010 and 2012 ranks Chris as a pre-eminent practitioner in its Guide to the World's Leading M&A, Private Equity, Emerging Markets Lawyers.
  • Best Lawyers International 2008 - 2014 South Africa listed Chris in Corporate, Mergers and Acquisitions as well as Private Equity.
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