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The Do’s and Don’ts of Terminating a Contract

Every person, whether referring to an individual or a juristic person, will find themselves in a situation where they will want to terminate a contract. The aim of this article is to set out the requirements for terminating a contract as well as to give basic guidance when doing so. When the right to cancel [...]

The Constitutional Court’s stance on Mr Shuttleworth’s case

In the South African Reserve Bank and Another v Shuttleworth and Another (CCT194/14, CCT199/14) [2015] ZACC 17 (18 June 2015), the case which has been deliberated extensively and contended through the hierarchy of the South African judicial system, the Constitutional Court (“CC”) has made a decision on the various challenges which Mr Shuttleworth has brought [...]

Final Liquidation Order does not dismiss Business Rescue Opportunities

The process of business rescue as provided for in the Companies Act 71 of 2008 (“the Companies Act”), which although is still experiencing some teething issues, has become well established within business practice and has become a worthy alternative to the statutory norm of liquidation. One of the main topics in the business rescue process [...]

Consumer Protection Act and its application to residential leases- is it in the ordinary course of business of the lessor?

In order for the Consumer Protection Act 68 of 2008 “CPA” to apply to a lease agreement, the lessee must qualify as a consumer, and the lessor must qualify as a supplier as defined in theCPA. The issue that will be focused on is whether a lessor of residential premises qualifies as a supplier under [...]

Visit to Brazil in June

I am travelling to Brazil in June to meet with partners of commercial law firms across the globe. I am very excited since I have been afforded the opportunity to address the group for an hour and a half on the subject of doing business in South Africa. As I progress with the preparation of [...]

Further Success

During the month of January 2011, we advised our clients on the following matters:  on the purchasing of minority shareholders’ shares in a Company; non-resident Companies on their responsibilities as Directors of a South African Company and the impact on responsibilities in terms of the New Companies Act; a merger of two IT Companies; non-resident Company on an acquisition of shares in multiple South African Companies, valued at R 60 000 000 on numerous matters regarding the Consumer Protection Act; on the restructuring of debt facilities, valued at R 750 000 000 Continue reading “Further Success” »

Latest success

Industry:                                              Banking    Transaction:                                       Long term funding    Details:                                                We advised a borrower on a loan facility regarding long term funding    Date:                                                     February 2012   Transaction Value:                           R2 000 000 000  _________________________________________________________________________   Industry:                                              Commercial    Transaction:                                       Joint Venture    Details:                                                We advised a client on a joint venture to consolidate certain business functions with competitors    Date:                                                     February 2012   Transaction Value:                           R80 000 000 _________________________________________________________________________   Industry:                                              Company law    Transaction: Memorandum of Incorporation    Details:                                                We drafted several MOI’s for several companies including non profit companies    Date:                                                     February 2012   Transaction Value:                           N/A _________________________________________________________________________   Industry:                                              Banking law    Transaction:                                       Short term credit facility    Details:                                                Advises a borrower on the terms and security regarding the finance of short term debtors    Date:                                                     February 2012   Transaction Value:                           R500 000 000  _________________________________________________________________________   Industry:                                              Commercial    Transaction:                                       Arbitration    Details:                                                Represent a client in a commercial arbitration    Date:                                                     February 2012   Transaction Value:                           R10 000 000  _________________________________________________________________________   Industry:                                              Commercial    Transaction:                                       Joint Venture    Details:                                                We advised a client on a joint venture to consolidate certain business functions with competitors    Date:                                                     February 2012   Transaction Value:                           R80 000 000 _________________________________________________________________________   Industry:                                              Commercial    Transaction:                                       Advise on breach of contract regarding a Joint Venture    Details:                                                We advised a party to a complex joint venture on breach of contract, right to information    Date:                                                     January 2012   Transaction Value:                           R10 000 000   _________________________________________________________________________   Industry:                                              Banking    Transaction:                                       Credit facility with an option to repurchase property    Details:                                                We advised a lender on a credit facility and reviewed the credit agreement, and related security documents    Date:                                                     January 2012   Transaction Value:                           R12 000 000  _________________________________________________________________________   Industry:                                              Banking    Transaction:                                       Discounting of loan book    Details:                                                We advised a client on a discounting arrangement of their loan book     Date:                                                     January 2012   Transaction Value:                           R350 000 000 _________________________________________________________________________   Industry:                                              Company law    Transaction:                                       Memorandum of Incorporation    Details:                                                We drafted several MOI’s for several companies including non profit companies    Date:                                                     January 2012   Transaction Value:                           N/A _________________________________________________________________________   Industry:                                              Company law    Transaction:                                       Advise on rights and duties of non executive directors    Details:                                                Advises a board of directors on the rights and duties of non-executive directors    Date:                                                     January 2012   Transaction Value:                           N/A   _________________________________________________________________________   Industry:                                              Banking    Transaction:                                       Revolving Credit Facility    Details:                                                We advised a borrower on a credit facility and reviewed the credit agreement, and related security documents    Date:      December 2011   Transaction Value:                           R1 500 000 000   _________________________________________________________________________   Industry:                                              Banking    Transaction:                                       Revolving Credit Facility    Details:                                                We advised a borrower on a credit facility and reviewed the credit agreement, and related security documents    Date:                                                     December 2011   Transaction Value:                           R420 000 000  _________________________________________________________________________   Industry:                                              Commercial    Transaction:                                       Acquisition    Details:                                                We advised a client on complex sale transaction, involving a share swap with a listed company     Date:                                                     December 2011   Transaction Value:                           R18 000 000 _________________________________________________________________________   Industry:                                              Commercial    Transaction:                                       Consultancy Agreement    Details:                                                We drafted a complex consultancy agreement    Date:                                                     November 2011   Transaction Value:                           N/A _________________________________________________________________________   Industry:                                              Commercial    Transaction:                                       Service Level Agreement    Details:                                                We advised a client on a service level agreement    Date:                                                     November 2011   Transaction Value:                           N/A  ________________________________________________________________________   Industry:                                              Banking    Transaction:                                       Credit agreement    Details:                                                We drafted a facility agreement and security documentation    Date:                                                     November 2011   Transaction Value:                           R330 000 000  ________________________________________________________________________   Industry:                                              Commercial    Transaction:                                       International joint venture    Details:                                                We drafted a term sheet involving various international companies regarding the establishment of an Exchange    Date:                                                     November 2011   Transaction Value:                           N/A  ________________________________________________________________________   Industry:                                              Banking    Transaction:                                       Unwind of Securitisation Structure    Details:                                                We advised several parties to the unwind of a securitisation structure    Date:                                                     October 2011   Transaction Value:                           Undisclosed  _________________________________________________________________________   Industry:                                              Commercial    Transaction:                                       Escrow     Details:                                                We advised several companies on the implementation of an escrow arrangement to mitigate counterparty risk   Date:                                                     October 2011                                          Transaction Value:                           R500 000 000 tranches  _________________________________________________________________________   Industry:                                              Commercial    Transaction:                                       Investment programme    Details:                                                We advised an international company on local investments   Date:                                                     October 2011                                          Transaction Value:                           EUR 200 000 000 _________________________________________________________________________   Industry:                                              Commercial    Transaction:                                       Pref-share     Details:                                                Advise a company on a Pref-Share structure   Date:                                                     October 2011                                          Transaction Value:                           R 3 200 000 _________________________________________________________________________   Industry:                                              Commercial    Transaction:                                       Escrow – shares    Details:                                                We are managing shareholding of a company in escrow, which shares are to be managed in terms of a specific designation   Date:                                                     October 2011                                          Transaction Value:                           R undisclosed _________________________________________________________________________   Industry:                                              Commercial    Transaction:                                       Joint Venture    Details:                                                Represented a group of companies on the implementation of a joint venture   Date:                                                     September 2011                                    Transaction Value:                           R 200 000 000 start up assets _________________________________________________________________________   Industry:                                              Commercial    Transaction:                                       Credit agreement    Details:                                                Drafted credit agreement and security documentation   Date:                                                     September 2011                                    Transaction Value:                           R 20 000 000  _________________________________________________________________________   Industry:                                              Commercial    Transaction:                                       Supply agreement    Details:                                                Drafted of supply agreement and related security documentation   Date:                                                     September 2011                                    Transaction Value:                           R 13 800 000 _________________________________________________________________________   Industry:                                              Commercial    Transaction:                                       Co-operation agreement    Details:                                                Drafted of multinational Co-operation agreement   Date:                                                     September 2011                                    Transaction Value:                           R undisclosed  _________________________________________________________________________   Industry:                                              Commercial    Transaction:                                       Agency Agreement    Details:                                                Drafted an Agency agreement for referrals   Date:                                                     August 2011    Transaction Value:                           R undisclosed _________________________________________________________________________   Industry:                                              Commercial    Transaction:                                       Foreign Exchange Transactional Agreement    Details:                                                Drafted a Foreign Exchange Transactional Agreement Date:                                                     August 2011   Transaction Value:                           R undisclosed _________________________________________________________________________   Industry:                                              Commercial    Transaction:                                       Subordinated Loan    Details:                                                Advise on a subordinated loan   Date:                                                     August 2011    Transaction Value:                           R undisclosed  _________________________________________________________________________   Industry:                                              Commercial    Transaction:                                       Tender    Details:                                                Drafted Tender Documents   Date:                                                     July 2011    Transaction Value:                           R undisclosed _________________________________________________________________________   Industry:                                              Banking    Transaction:                                       Working Capital Facility Agreement    Details:                                                Draft a Working Capital Facility Agreement   Date:                                                     July 2011    Transaction Value:                           R 5 000 000 _________________________________________________________________________   Industry:                                              Banking    Transaction:                                       Working Capital Facility Agreement    Details:                                                Draft a Working Capital Facility Agreement   Date:                                                     July 2011    Transaction Value:                           R 4 000 000 _________________________________________________________________________   Industry:                                              Banking    Transaction:                                       Term Loan Agreement    Details:                                                Drafted a Term Loan Agreement   Date:                                                     June 2011    Transaction Value:                           R 11 000 000 _________________________________________________________________________   Industry:                                              Banking    Transaction:                                       Commodity Sale and Repurchase Agreement    Details:                                                Drafted a Commodity Sale and Repurchase Agreement   Date:                                                     June 2011   Transaction Value:                           Credit Product _________________________________________________________________________   Industry:                                              Banking   Transaction:                                       Finance agreement structure   Details:                                                Advise on a finance structure for commodity exports   Date:                                                     June 2011   Transaction Value:                           Credit Product Continue reading “Latest success” »

Latest successful transactions

From December 2009 to May 2010 we attended to the sale of a business to the value of R415 million, in which various components, vesting in numerous sellers, were sold and transferred to one purchaser. We represented all the parties involved in the sale. Continue reading “Latest successful transactions” »

Who we are

Van der Merwe Attorneys is a focused boutique law firm that provides top-tier legal services to companies and individuals. Our internal structure provides our clients with direct access to partner-level attorneys who have, for their entire careers, represented a variety of companies in their most important transactions. Our legal expertise includes Commercial, Banking, Corporate and Property Law. We do however advise our clients on a host of other legal matters.We pride ourselves on being approachable and affordable, while pursuing your cause with steely determination and commitment, even when we are engaged in complex negotiations or any matter – we are always active on your behalf – seeking to reveal new perspectives and hidden opportunities. Continue reading “Who we are” »

Our expertise and Services

We advise our clients in a variety of matters pertaining to Commercial, Banking and Property Law. Examples are listed below.   Commercial Law Banking Law Corporate Law Property Law Sales Options Manufacturing and Supply Business Operations Licensing and Distribution Sale and Repurchase Transactional Advice Franchises Joint Ventures Agency Distribution Supply Insurance Law Competition Law Consumer [...]

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