Opinion and Analysis
GETTING THE DEAL THROUGH: PORTS & TERMINALS 2018
GETTING THE DEAL THROUGH: PRIVATE M&A 2018
Private M&A is a comprehensive overview of the laws and regulations governing cross-border private mergers and acquisitions in jurisdictions worldwide. Topics covered include: legal structures...Monday, November 27, 2017
INVESTORS HIRING EXPATRIATES MUST DEMONSTRATE IMPORTANCE OF SKILLS
East African countries are grappling to balance two sometimes conflicting needs. On the one hand, they want to encourage foreign investment. On the other, they want to ensure that local skills and...Monday, November 27, 2017
DEALING WITH EMPLOYEE MISCONDUCT AND NEGOTIATED EXITS – A PRACTICAL GUIDE
In South Africa, dismissing an employee can be fraught with potential pitfalls. In the eyes of employers at least, a more attractive option could be to negotiate a mutual separation. That too, can...Tuesday, November 21, 2017
BRING ‘HIDDEN’ EMPLOYEE COSTS TO LIGHT BEFORE THE DEAL IS DONE
While it’s unlikely that a company changing hands would deliberately conceal any employee costs and liabilities from potential buyers, due to the buyer’s unfamiliarity with the local...Monday, November 20, 2017
HOW DO YOU OBTAIN AND ENFORCE AN AWARD AGAINST A FOREIGN DEBTOR WITH NO ASSETS IN SOUTH AFRICA?
The short answer is an unfortunate one that discourages the growth of international commerce: with a fair measure of difficulty and at a premium. This article looks at the challenges of debt...Sunday, November 12, 2017
ACTING ON EARLY WARNING SIGNS CAN PREVENT RESTRUCTURING AND LIQUIDATION
Restructuring can be defined very broadly. The company in debt need not be insolvent, but may have liquidity or balance sheet problems or many be unable to demonstrate its ability to cover its...Wednesday, November 08, 2017
NEXT-GENERATION AFRICA-GCC BUSINESS TIES IN A DIGITAL ECONOMY
Paras Shah, head of the M&A and projects team in the Bowmans Nairobi office, contributed to the Next-generation Africa-GCC Business Ties in a Digital Economy, an Economist Intelligence Unit...Wednesday, November 01, 2017
THE GIG ECONOMY – A SILENT REVOLUTION THAT IS SET TO CHANGE THE FACE OF EMPLOYMENT LAW
The gig economy has taken over the world, with most people not fully realising its impact. Put simply, the gig economy is a labour market characterised by freelance, flexible, on-demand work...Wednesday, November 01, 2017
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AUCTION SALES GROW IN POPULARITY AS AN M&A TOOL
For mid-cap companies and above, auction sales have become a settled part of the international mergers & acquisitions (M&A) landscape.
When it comes to Africa, South Africa has shown brisk...12 Oct 2017 12:00
INTRA-AFRICAN INVESTMENT GROWTH PUSHES THE CASE FOR INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION SKILLS
Intra-African trade and investment is growing, and with it the likelihood that more and bigger commercial disputes will arise. Such disputes should be resolved on African soil and not in...27 Sep 2017 12:00
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Auction sales grow in popularity as an M&A tool
John Bellew speaks to Michael Avery on Classic FM on companies using auctions as a mergers & acquisitions tool, for buyers and sellers.
Private Equity (and Mergers and Acquisitions) in SA explained in simple terms
John Bellew discusses the levels of M&A activity being seen and how private equity feeds in to those levels on 702's The Money Show with Bruce Whitfield.
The new default regulations issued under the Pension Funds Act
Deirdre Phillips participates in a panel discussion facilitated by Michael Avery on Classic FM's Business Show, discussing the new default regulations issued under the Pension Funds...
Be careful of SARS demanding taxes too early
Recently, there have been a few instances in which SARS has demanded taxes before these were due and payable. In the current tough economic climate, where cash flow is tight, this is something to...