Opinion and Analysis
THE SHAREHOLDER RIGHTS AND ACTIVISM REVIEW-SOUTH AFRICA CHAPTER
Historically, shareholder activism has not been an important force in South Africa. It is more common to see activism in the South African context from interested parties such as trade...Thursday, October 12, 2017
INVESTING IN AFRICA – A GUIDE TO MITIGATING RISK IN AFRICA
We contributed to the Freshfields Investing in Africa Guide which explores some of the legal, political and regulatory risks of investing in certain jurisdictions in Africa. The guide also...Monday, October 09, 2017
SEVEN EMPLOYEE CONCERNS TO LOOK OUT FOR IN AFRICAN M&A DEALS
Across Africa, employee concerns are looming large as potential deal-breakers in mergers and acquisitions. Investors in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa would do well to watch out for red flags...Monday, October 02, 2017
BLACK ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT IN THE SOUTH AFRICAN PETROLEUM AND LIQUID FUELS INDUSTRY – ALIGNMENT WITH THE BROAD-BASED BLACK ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT ACT AND CODES
On 13 September 2017 the Minister of Trade and Industry (with the Minister of Energy) informed the public that the Department of Energy, and the Liquid Fuels Industry, intend to align the...Tuesday, September 26, 2017
SA CONSTITUTION COMES TO THE FORE IN NORTH AFRICAN CARGO DISPUTE
At first glance, it might seem unlikely that South Africa’s Constitution could be instrumental in deciding a cargo dispute with its roots in a 40-year-long North African territory deadlock. Yet...Tuesday, September 26, 2017
SEISMIC TESTING AND THE EFFECT ON OUR MARINE ENVIRONMENT
On April 2010, an explosion on the offshore oil-drilling rig the Deepwater Horizon killed 11 crew and ignited a fireball that was visible 64km away. The fire could not be extinguished and, 2 days...Sunday, September 24, 2017
THE DRAFT REGULATIONS RELATING TO THE PROTECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION, 2017
On 8 September 2017, the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development published the draft regulations relating to the protection of personal information (draft regulations) under section...Friday, September 15, 2017
Mr Smith is fed up with all of the rain in Ireland and decides to return home to sunny Durban. He ships all of his household goods in a container carried on board a ship and expects his goods to...Sunday, September 10, 2017
BLOCKCHAIN WILL FREE INTERNATIONAL TRADE FROM THE PAPER WEIGHING IT DOWN
Around 90% of international trade takes place by sea. The paper Bill of Lading has been the foremost shipping document for centuries, and even today is all pervasive. However paper Bills are...Friday, September 01, 2017
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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
PREPARING FOR LIFT-OFF: KENYA’S LARGEST DEBT AND EQUITY RESTRUCTURING TRANSACTION YET
Once the last loose ends have been tied up, Kenya will be celebrating its largest debt and equity restructuring transaction yet: the record-breaking USD 2.2 billion restructuring of Kenya Airways...22 Sep 2017 12:00
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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...
Constitution Matters: The right to freedom of speech
Dr Max Price (Vice Chancellor of UCT), Nikkita Reddy (senior associate at Bowmans), Chris Todd (Partner and head of Employment practice at Bowmans) and Nicholas Woode-Smith (UCT student in...