Services offered

Our intuitive understanding of South African markets enables us to provide business solutions in the majority of the business law specialties. We, however, do not cover the full spectrum of corporate and commercial law disciplines. We are specialists not generalists.

Where our clients expect us to field all the necessary expertise for any given matter and do not want the hassle of instructing another service provider to plug the gap in expertise, we use our knowledge of the legal services industry to facilitate. Our ability to integrate advice into practical business solutions facilitates both local and cross-border transactions and speaks to the dynamic nature of our approach. We provide business law solutions in the following four corporate and commercial law disciplines:

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Business Transactions

 

Whether you are buying, selling, starting or investing in a company, how that business transaction is structured has implications in both the short and the long term. We advise our clients in the structuring of their business transactions to minimise risks and maximise returns.

The following are some of the business transactions in which we provide advice:

  • General corporate law advice
  • Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment advice
  • Betting and gaming
  • Private equity investments
  • Due diligence investigations
  • Group reorganisations
  • Company formations
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Employee incentive schemes
  • Corporate governance
  • Corporate constitutions
  • Corporate borrowings
  • Financing transactions
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Cross-border transactions
  • Secured and structured debt financing
  • Sale and purchase of businesses and assets
  • Sale and purchase of shares
  • Share option arrangements
  • Shareholder agreements and memorandum of incorporation
  • Formation of trusts (family trusts, business trusts and community development trusts)
  • Board of Directors and Board of Trustees inductions
  • Directors’ duties

Business Agreements

 

Business is dominated by written agreements between customers, suppliers, distributors, resellers, and retailers. Through drafting and vetting of business agreements, we use our expertise to avoid uncertainty by creating a legal framework for implementation of business transactions and regulation of relationships between contracting parties.

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The following are some of the business and commercial agreements in which we provide advice:

  • Outsourcing agreements
  • Tender documents (Request for Proposals and Request for Applications)
  • Advertising and marketing agreements
  • Agency and distribution agreements
  • Collaboration agreements
  • Confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements
  • Consultancy agreements
  • Franchising arrangements
  • Joint ventures agreements
  • Licence agreements
  • Logistics agreements
  • Option agreements
  • Partnership agreements
  • Lease, hire and maintenance agreements
  • Heads of agreement/memoranda of understanding

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Business Dispute Resolutions

 

As business transaction enablers, we work with clients to negotiate and amicably resolve business issues and potential disputes. Unfortunately, amicable resolution of business issues or potential disputes is not always possible or preferred by clients, in those circumstances we use our corporate and commercial law knowledge and expertise to assist our clients in protecting their rights through the South African dispute resolution channels.

The following are some of the areas in which we provide advice:

  • Insurance issues
  • Corporate fraud
  • Property litigation
  • Procurement challenges
  • Administrative and Public Law
  • Contract disputes
  • Information Technology (IT) disputes
  • Corporate, merger and acquisition disputes
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Commercial Property

 

A business transaction can be driven by real estate or real estate can simply be an aspect of a business transaction. In either event, we are able to assist our clients.

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The following are some of the business transactions in which we provide advice:

  • Corporate real estate
  • Acquisitions and disposals of properties
  • Portfolio management
  • Landlord and tenant
  • Joint ventures involving property and property funds
  • Property development for a range of commercial uses