About Us

It is VDMA’s mission to be the preferred corporate and commercial law firm in South Africa.  Through our extensive experience and expertise, we are one of the most successful leaders in our field.

What can you expect from us?

  • Intimate personalized service offering
  • Specialist legal skills
  • Swift turnaround times
  • Clear-cut and honest advice
  • Commercial practicality
  • Protection of your interests
  • Integrity and ability
  • Value add
  • Forward-thinking strategies, instead of reactions
  • Smaller firm efficiency with larger firm benefits

VDMA is a specialised corporate and commercial boutique law firm. We pride ourselves on the exceptional standard of our services, offering top-tier legal services and advice to top-tier clients from various corporate and commercial sectors including financial services, food and agriculture, commodities, mining and energy on a national and international scale.

We place importance on being straightforward, clearly communicating our legal opinions and genuinely concerning ourselves with the welfare and success of our clientele.

VDMA has most recently been recognized as the top law firm in South Africa for deal value in the unlisted sector by DealMakers® for the first, second and third quarter 2015. This recognition is significant as VDMA remains a lean boutique firm competing against international giants in South Africa. These accolades acknowledge our deliverance of smaller firm efficiency and personal attention, with larger firm benefits and skills.

VDMA has also been a member of the “Magic Circle” of law firms in South Africa since 2014.

We boast a dynamic group of employees with an abundance of skills and knowledge in the corporate and commercial arena. Our approach of fully understanding our clients’ needs, their business and industry is one of the founding cornerstones of our firm.


VDMA was established in January 2010 when Pieter van der Merwe broke away from a Johannesburg specialist corporate and commercial law practice, to pursue his passion for corporate and commercial law independently, establishing a specialised boutique corporate and commercial law firm in Centurion.

The founding principle of VDMA was and endeavours to be, the delivery of a highly skilled service at an affordable rate, thereby providing clients with exceptional value for money.

VDMA founding partner, Pieter van der Merwe, was joined by associate Jason Dorning who had previously clerked under Pieter and shared his vision and passion for corporate and commercial law.

VDMA initially started out by advising and attending to the legal transactions of one key JSE listed client, consisting of a group of companies operating in the food and agricultural sector, generating roughly 60% of the firm’s revenue, keeping Pieter and Jason tied up at capacity.

Today, VDMA’s client base is diverse, representative and is growing progressively. The firm nevertheless continues to specialise and develop its knowledge and experience in the arena of corporate and commercial law, maintaining its specialised boutique status and providing clients with undiluted proficiency.

The firms founding principles of quality, affordability and adding value to our clients has led to the rapid and continuous growth of our firm, resulting in the VDMA office space in Centurion quickly reaching its capacity.

The Johannesburg office of VDMA was established in 2013 and is situated at the prestigious Melrose Arch Precinct which is centrally located for the firm’s existing Johannesburg and international clientele.