Caryn Sternslow Leclercq is a Director at Dingley Marshall Lewin and heads up our Corporate and Commercial Law Unit.


Caryn has over 20 years’ post-qualification experience and specializes in Mergers and Acquisitions, Finance, Private Equity, B-BBEE, General Corporate and Commercial and Compliance (including cross-border and multi-jurisdictional transactions, African investments, corporate finance and restructurings, private equity transactions, and B-BBEE funding and ownership transactions, across a broad range of sectors, including FMCG, construction and transport, media, communications, banking, agri-business, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, IT, tech, retail and manufacturing).

Caryn was admitted as an attorney in 1998 after having completed her articles at Bowmans. She was a Director in its corporate and commercial department where she specialised in Mergers and Acquisitions, Banking and Finance and Financial Markets and Services work, based in Johannesburg and London before returning to Cape Town and moving to Werksmans. At Werksmans, Caryn was appointed as Director in its corporate and commercial department where she specialised in Mergers and Acquisitions, Finance, B-BBEE and general corporate and commercial work.

Caryn left Werkmans in 2012 to join Caveat Legal, a New Law model platform that matches Big Law expertise to small and medium-sized businesses, corporates, law firms, entrepreneurs, tech start-ups and NGO’s at effective rates. She also provided capacity (usually for the conduct of transactions) to a number of boutique law firms. Since 2014 until recently, Caryn has acted as South African counsel to two related African private equity funds.

Caryn is also leading a team challenging a recent ruling of the B-BBEE Commissioner in which she sought to unilaterally impose an additional requirement for ESOPs, without following proper legislative process and by by-passing the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition. Caryn is a keen supporter of the B-BBEE legislation and its substance, but this additional requirement would have a devastating effect on South African business.


BA (Politics, Latin and Private Law) (University of Stellenbosch)
LLB (University of Stellenbosch)
Year of Admission as an Attorney: 1998
Certificate in Advanced Compliance Management (University of Cape Town)

Areas of Law:

  • Corporate and Commercial Law
  • Merger and Acquisitions
  • Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment
  • Compliance Law, Strategy and Risk