Corporate Law

By understanding the corporate and economic framework in which businesses operate, our corporate law department provides practical business and transactional solutions.

Our corporate law expertise is amplified by partnering with our financial, tax, competition, regulatory, property and litigation law specialists across the firm. The result is that we have the capacity to work simultaneously on various substantial mergers and acquisitions, in addition to providing other transactional services.

Our corporate lawyers’ ability to intimately comprehend our clients’ business needs is a key differentiator. Our trusted corporate law department’s aim is to fulfil a value-generating role in corporate restructuring and commercial contracts in industries as varied as:

– Property development and construction;

– Agriculture;

– IT and telecommunications;

– Transport;

– Healthcare and pharmaceutical; and

– Contract manufacturing.

Our clients operate in the public and private sectors and include listed entities, multinationals, private entities, international corporations, state-owned enterprises, and government departments.

The range of corporate and transactional services offered includes, amongst others:

– Drafting, negotiating, and reviewing all forms of corporate and business contracts;

– Corporate formations, structuring and corporate restructuring;

– Mergers and acquisitions;

– Corporate restructuring;

– Takeovers and majority shareholder exit transactions;

– Private equity and venture capital;

– Company/business sales and purchases;

– Due diligence investigations (corporate, commercial, environmental, and human resources);

– Duties and responsibilities of directors and officers, and other corporate governance aspects;

– Legal compliance, 2008 Companies Act and the King Reports on Corporate Governance (South Africa);

– Workout and debt reduction/restructuring;

– Public and private equity and capital raising;

– Management buy-outs;

– Constitutive documents such as memorandum of incorporation and shareholder’s agreements;

– Privatisations;

– Joint ventures;

– Schemes of arrangement;

– Co-Operation agreements;

– Share disposals and business assets as a going concern;

– Share incentive schemes and employee ownership schemes;

– Bonds, options and note programmes;

– Trade agreements (local and international);

– Broad-based black economic empowerment structures (South Africa); and

– General corporate advisory, guidance and legal opinions.

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