The reason why people take out insurance policies is to protect themselves against risk. Whilst taking out an insurance policy is the most preferred and popular way of protecting one’s motor vehicle against risks, there are other further alternatives which car owners can opt for. In addition to taking out an insurance cover, one can […]

Commercial Law

Mergers and Acquisitions Lawyers: Why They Are Important for Success

Mergers are complicated and to be properly implemented they require mergers and acquisitions lawyers that have a lot of experience and knowledge of the legalities surrounding mergers. Whether it is to draft and implement agreements between the merging companies, or to assist in the compliance of the merger, a mergers and acquisitions lawyer is essential. […]

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The Laws and Acquisitions in South Africa: Types of Acquisitions

In the world of corporate finance, an acquisition is considered to be a transaction in which an individual or entity (company) purchases some or all of the shares of a business. In South Africa, mergers and acquisitions are in part regulated by the Companies Act No 71 of 2008 (Companies Act). Acquisitions are a popular […]

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Selling your artwork on consignment

“One of the things I like about our contract is that you have relieved me of a great deal of personal interviewing and corresponding, among other things, which allows me a lot more time for painting” – E.J. Hughes The South African art market has shown exponential growth over the last two decades and the […]

Commercial LawTuelo Mokoka

Corporate and Commercial Lawyers: A Brief Rundown

Corporate and commercial lawyers can provide businesses and organisations with a number of advantages. The main goal of consulting a commercial or corporate lawyer is to protect the property and interests of a business or organisation against any business crippling threats. Corporate and commercial law are closely connected to one another; however, they should not […]

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The Force Majeure Clause: A Brief Explanation

When signing a contract, one cannot predict whether certain circumstances will arise or not. No one expected the occurrence of COVID-19, yet it had a devastating effect on the global economy, leading to widespread unemployment. Force majeure is a common clause within contracts that accounts for “acts of God” – the events and circumstances that […]

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Protection of Personal Information Act – Compliance Over Complacency

Protection of Personal Information Act – Compliance over Complacency Many organisations have embarked on a journey to ensure that they are compliant with the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA), which became enforceable on 1 July 2021. With the deadline already past, it is crucial that companies have good data management practices and processes in […]

Commercial LawDanie Strachan

Goods and Services Industry Must Participate and Pay

The Consumer Goods and Service Ombudsman (the Ombud) was established by the Consumer Goods and Services Industry Code of Conduct (the Code). Until recently, there has been uncertainty as to whether businesses were obliged to subscribe to the Code and pay annual fees that fund the Ombud.  The position was recently clarified when the High […]

Commercial LawDanie Strachan

Competition Commission Moves Toward Compulsory Small Merger Notification If Requirements Are Met

The Competition Commission (the “Commission”) has released proposed amendments to its guidelines to small merger notification, which are set to take effect after 7 June 2021. The guidelines have been introduced to address the Commission’s concerns regarding the increasing acquisitions of new innovative companies by established players, particularly in the digital markets. Due to the […]

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POPIA: Deadline Looming For Franchises

Various sections of the Protection of Personal Information Act, 2013 (POPIA) came into effect on 1 July 2020. Since then, there has been a 12-month phase in period. This period will expire soon. On 1 July 2021, all businesses will have to be compliant with POPIA’s requirements. In a franchising context, this means that a […]

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