Publications

The Appointment of Audit Committees

Section 94 of the Companies Act 71 of 2008 (“Companies Act”) requires that public companies and state owned companies appoint an audit committee. In addition, any other types of companies (either private company, personal liability [...]

Proposals For Amalgamations Or Mergers

Section 113 of the South African Companies Act No. 71 of 2008 (“Companies Act”) regulates the proposals of amalgamations or mergers of companies in South Africa. The Companies Act provides that amalgamation or merger can [...]

The Participation of Institutional Shareholders in Corporate Governance

Shareholders, and more particularly institutional shareholders, can play an important role in ensuring that companies adhere to sound and effective corporate governance standards.  Institutional shareholders are particularly important to the purchasing of shares, as they [...]

South Africa’s Independent Watchdog

The Public Protector, otherwise referred to as a Public Defender or Watchdog, plays an integral part in strengthening the constitutional democracy of South Africa. Not all countries have the office of a Public Protector. The [...]

CONFLICTS RELATING TO THE SHARE CAPITAL OF A COMPANY

The potential for conflict to arise in the dealings of a company are wide. One particular area where such conflicts may arise is where transactions through which share capital flows in or out of a [...]

THE INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION BILL

International businesses are naturally attracted to certainty and predictability, especially in the wake of recent market uncertainty brought upon by the Brexit referendum. In light of this it is now an opportune time for South [...]

Praque 2017

Pieter van der Merwe of VDMA Attorneys addressing an international audience on South Africa’s M&A landscape held in Praque on 02 June 2017                    

MICROINSURANCE – IS IT A GAME CHANGER?

What is microinsurance? And how does it differ from regular insurance which has existed, in various different forms, for thousands of years?  Microinsurance can be described as the protection of low-income people against specific perils [...]

THE VALIDITY OF PRE-INCORPORATION CONTRACTS

Whilst it is a generally accepted principle that a company does not exist as a legal entity until such time that it has been incorporated, for all intents and purposes however, prior to incorporation someone [...]

THE REQUIREMENTS TO DISPOSE OF AN ENTERPRISE AS A GOING CONCERN

Section 11(1)(e)(i) of the Value Added Tax Act, No. 89 of 1991 (“VAT Act”) imposes that the following 3 (three) peremptory requirements must be satisfied in order for an enterprise to be disposed of as [...]