Commercial and Corporate Attorneys in Johannesburg, VDMA

Commercial and Corporate Attorneys in Johannesburg – VDMA Attorneys


Corporate law is a legal minefield of risk and liability. VDMA Attorneys is the preferred partner to navigate you through this minefield.

Our firm was established in January 2010 and we are based in Gauteng, South Africa. We have an abundance of skills and knowledge and our approach of fully understanding clients’ needs and their business is one of the cornerstones of our firm.

We are a dynamic group of corporate attorneys specialising in:

VDMA Attorneys is a focused boutique law firm priding ourselves on the exceptional standard of our service and in the way we offer it. We offer top-tier legal services and advice to clients from sectors such as the financial services, food and agricultural, mining and energy sectors.

We offer direct access to partner-level attorneys, who will advise you on matters such as:

  • Business Law
  • Agreements
  • Contract Law
  • Trade Transactions
  • Corporate Restructuring
  • Mergers
  • Joint Ventures
  • Acquisitions

We have a firm understanding and knowledge of the different corporate laws that apply to our field of expertise. We are straightforward, we communicate clearly about legal options and we are concerned about our clients’ welfare and success.

Rated a leading corporate and commercial firm for deal value in Dealmakers for 2011 and for deal activity and deal value in Dealmakers for 2012 and 2013. This is significant because we are by far the smallest firm competing in those categories, therefore you receive smaller firm efficiency and personal attention, with larger firm benefits and skills.

VDMA Attorneys is building a legacy of being thought leaders. We are recognized by friends and rivals as authorities in our field. We combine legal analysis with practical business advice. Our clients feel protected and confident and they need not look any further than our firm to define business law.

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  • Important Announcement !!!

    VDMA is proud to announce that as from 05 June 2014 we have been approved by the Oval Table as a South Africa "Magic Circle" law firm bestowing upon us the highest honor achievable in the legal industry in South Africa. Wikipedia describes the “Magic Circle” as an informal term for those firms who are generally considered the five leading law firms in the United Kingdom and the four leading based commercial barristers’ Chambers. As far as can be determined the expression “Magic Circle” originated in the

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  • Estopple & Suspensive Conditions – Friend or Foe?

    It is common practice within the commercial environment to conclude contracts which are subject to suspensive conditions or otherwise known as condition precedents (“CPs”). Whilst most CPs are relevant and necessary for a variety of reasons (dependent on the particular transaction), ensuring the accurate fulfillment of same is often not attributed the same level of importance as the implementation of the contract as a whole. Despite this oversight leading to the unenforceability of the contract and therefore th

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  • Standard MOI Users Beware !

      Most legally savvy business owners (and hopefully all commercial attorneys) know better than to have the governance of a company subject to an out-of-the-box memorandum of incorporation (MOI), courtesy of the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC). However, those with unmitigating faith in the ‘default’ position would do well to be mindful of its potential pitfalls. One such pitfall is concealed within sections 43(2) and (3) of the Companies Act, 2008, which provide as follows: “…(2) Th

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