South Africa: Clyde & Co Appoints New Partner In Johannesburg To Enhance Leading Global Corporate Insurance Group
Last Updated: 7 September 2015

Ernie Van Der Vyver, a leading lawyer in the South African corporate insurance market, joins Clyde & Co today as a Partner in the Johannesburg office to further strengthen the firm's South African presence in the insurance market.

Having spent the last decade working in a number of leading South African firms, Ernie has unrivalled knowledge of the South African insurance market and its developing regulatory framework. He joins Clyde & Co from South African firm Webber Wentzel.

Ernie is a specialist in corporate insurance and will add key transactional and regulatory capability to enhance the firm's existing disputes focus.

His practice focuses on a wide range of issues related to the insurance industry, including: financial services related corporate transactions, advising international clients on the establishment and structuring of business operations in Africa, mergers and acquisitions and financial services regulation within Africa.

Andrew Holderness, Global Head of Clyde & Co's Corporate Insurance Group, said: "We are delighted to have Ernie joining the firm. He will bring extensive knowledge and experience of the rapidly developing South African and wider African insurance markets. His arrival will enable us to provide our insurance clients with a complete service within South Africa, as well as the emerging insurance markets of other countries in the African continent, supported by the firm's global insurance network."

Ernie Van Der Vyver commented: "I am very pleased to be joining Clyde & Co at this exciting time of growth. The South African insurance market is also growing, with more and more international insurance and reinsurance firms considering the African continent for future expansion. I look forward to leveraging my prior experience to help develop what is already the world's largest insurance practice, allowing me to serve clients on a global basis."

Clyde & Co opened offices in Johannesburg and Cape Town in May 2014, covering dispute resolution and all classes of insurance business. Ernie's expertise in corporate insurance, financial services regulation and M&A enhances the team's regulatory and non-contentious capabilities and responds to the needs of clients who are investing in and expanding their operations in South Africa.

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