Hans Klopper is an admitted attorney in South Africa specialising in restructuring and insolvency law. Hans is presently actively involved the restructuring and business rescue of multiple businesses in mining, retail, renewable energy and the commercial property sectors. He restructured the affairs of two prominent South African golf estates and, in early 2016, a major jewellery retailer with more than 70 stores.
He regularly presents workshops and lectures in his field, and has also written a number of thought leadership pieces. He recently co-authored an article in The Stellenbosch Law Review – Vol 25 - No 3 – 2014 “Averting Liquidations with Business Rescue: Does a Section 155 Compromise Place the Bar Too High?” He was featured on Who’s Who Legal, restructuring and insolvency in 2016. He is one of the authors of the Ninth Edition of THE RESTRUCTURING REVIEW published in the United Kingdom during September 2016.
He is a past Director of the South African Restructuring and Insolvency Practitioners Association (SARIPA) and the Board of Directors of INSOL INTERNATIONAL, the world-wide federation of national associations for accountants and lawyers who specialise in turnaround and insolvency and served as the Chair of INSOL’s Smaller Practice Committee. Hans chaired the Northern Provinces Law Society’s Committee for Insolvencies and Liquidations for five years and served on the Insolvency Standing Committee of the Law Society of South Africa.
Professional profile on restructuring
At the very outset of the change of legislation in South Africa in 2011, when the Companies Act 71 of 2008 came into Law on 1 May 2011, Hans Klopper was at the forefront of restructuring companies under financial distress and within the first month restructured possibly the first close corporation (CC) in financial distress which was not possible before. Since that time, Hans has attended to the most restructuring matters in South Africa, some of which were highly complex and unprecedented in South African law.