Corporate and Commercial
We have the acumen and experience to deliver sound advice and client service in complex transactions, including equity transactions, joint ventures and various other types of commercial arrangements. Our lawyers have expertise in cross-border and BEE transactions, servicing local and international clients. In structuring and negotiating transaction agreements, we focus on our clients’ strategic objectives. For us the transaction process does not end once agreements have been concluded. We seek to see each transaction through from its inception, through negotiation, the conclusion of agreements to closing and implementation.
Corporate governance is central to the sustainability and growth of the modern business. The inception of the Companies Act, 71 of 2008 introduced profound changes to corporate governance in South Africa which are central to the duties of directors and the roles of shareholders. Due to their practical experience in working with the Act on a case by case basis and the challenges which the Act seeks to address, our lawyers are in a prime position to advise on sound principles of governance.
Competition has become a focal point of the South African economy as competition law and policy have developed and become increasingly regulated. Our team has experience in merger control of both large and intermediate mergers in South Africa and in prohibited practices, including abuse of dominance litigation. Our lawyers have been involved in matters which have been considered by all three of the independent institutions established in terms of the Competition Act, namely the Competition Commission, the Competition Tribunal and the Competition Appeal Court. The firm is well placed in its ability to integrate the negotiation and conclusion of commercial transactions with the reporting of those transactions to the competition authorities.
Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Our lawyers have extensive experience in contentious, sensitive and high profile disputes and are committed to pursuing our clients’ interests with dedication, focus and integrity. We believe that litigation is not merely process driven but requires keen attention to detail and an understanding of the implications of each action that is taken for the commercial and strategic interests of the particular client. We pride ourselves on having the expertise, and being available, to provide each brief with the attention that it deserves. Our litigation practice enables us to deliver a complete service to our clients in the practice areas of corporate and commercial, regulatory, intellectual property, administrative and competition law.
Gambling and Betting
Gambling and betting is a complex and specialised area of legal practice in South Africa which requires knowledge of the industry. Our lawyers have a keen understanding of and experience in applying the National and Provincial Gambling Acts which have been developed through making representations to and filing objections with various provincial gambling boards, preparing and submitting applications for gambling and betting licences, representing clients at gambling board hearings and instituting internal appeals, applications for judicial review and engaging in litigation in circumstances in which it is necessary to do so.
The commercialisation of intellectual property enables firms to unlock new income streams or supplement and grow their existing income streams, thereby combatting increasing operating costs and declining revenues. Our lawyers understand the specific requirements of each intellectual property transaction and are well placed to advise clients on the commercialisation and management of their intellectual property, from conceptualisation and creation through research and development to exploitation.