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South Africa: Competition Law Bulletin
With implications that are very important for a controlling company, in the recently decided Delatoy case, the Competition Tribunal found that several independent private companies described as the 'Delatoy Group' constitute a single 'firm' for purposes of the Competition Act ...
Beware of the Allure of an Automatic Termination Clause in South Africa
Despite the automatic termination clause, employers must ensure that the employees’ dismissal is substantively and procedurally fair.
Environmental Authorisations and Licences now publicly accessible in South Africa
Holders of environmental permits and licenses may find their activities and compliance subject to greater public scrutiny.
Change in threshold for registration as a credit provider in South Africa
All credit providers will now have to register under the National Credit Act, irrespective of the amount owed to them.
Accelerated Capital Allowance for Renewable Energy Projects in South Africa
An amendment proposes to widen the scope of allowable capital allowances for supporting infrastructure used in producing renewable energy.
The Hard and Soft of Tendering (Africa)
South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal clarified some issues on engaging in public-private partnerships.
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White & Case opens office in Egypt
Global law firm White & Case LLP is launching an office in Cairo, expanding its practice in the Mena region. The new office is expected to be up-and-running by October...
Africa Articles and Reports
Middle East Special Report
In our latest edition, we take a look at why attitudes towards corporate governance are shifting in the Middle East, and investigate the steps being taken to overcome barriers to its effective implementation. Meanwhile, leading firms discuss the flow of trade along the New Silk Road, why Dubai's approach to company set-ups is likely to pay off, and why a recent UK case is generating concern for parties to future Islamic finance transactions.
The long arm of the law in South Africa
Ayesha Dawood of the eponymous Johannesburg based firm, Ayesha Dawood Attorneys, considers the importance of governance and accountability with reference to the Prevention and Combatting of Corrupt Activities Act No. 12 of 2003 (PACCA) and sheds light on the issue of extraterritorial effect.
M&A Special Report
Our M&A Special Report launches with an article from Eversheds on 'The M&A Blueprint: from inception to integration.' Here Stephen Kitts, Managing Partner - Asia discusses the importance of a team of professionals providing the right "connective tissue" to see a deal through to its conclusion. Huang Jianwen, Partner at King & Wood Mallesons then sheds light on some of the cultural issues that can sometimes vex foreign parties in the context of outbound dealings with China. Christopher Osborne, Partner at Watson Farley & Williams (Thailand) Ltd updates us on changing trends in the M&A landscape in Thailand and Brian Chia, Partner at Wong & Partners explains why Malaysia is poised for an upswing in foreign investment. Peter Kasanda, Legal Director and Michael Strain of Clyde & Co round up our Special Report with their take on how the surge in M&A deals in Africa has come about.
The Canadian insurance M&A environment
There have been a significant number of insurance company M&A transactions in the Canadian market in recent years, a trend expected to continue. Fasken Martineau DuMoulin have surveyed the acquisition agreements from these transactions and analysed the key deal terms and trends therein.
East Africa – The digital economy’s heir apparent
Benedict Hamilton, Managing Director of Kroll’s regional Business and Cyber Investigations team discusses the big shift in Kenya becoming a digital economy, describing how embedding security at the centre of digital evolution is key to growth.
Middle East & Africa public-private partnership (PPP) guide
Neil Cuthbert and Atif Choudhary of Dentons analyse the emergence of public-private partnerships in the Middle East (with a focus on the GCC) and also in the context of selected emerging markets in Africa that have recently looked to introduce a PPP legal framework. Below is a summary of their full report.
Africa In-House Insights
Heba Ali
Described by one of her peers as being “everything you would need in a lawyer”, Heba Ali was hired by Lenovo in 2014 to establish the organisation’s legal department for the Middle East and Africa region. A reflection of her success, in May, Ali was selected by our expert panel of judges as the In-House Community Counsel of the Year, 2016. Here she talks to Asian-mena Counsel about the qualities she thinks are vital to being a good in-house lawyer.
The importance of communication
Robert Southgate, Head of Corporate Governance, Compliance & Contentious Legal for the Asia, Middle East & Africa region for British Telecommunications (BT), reveals to the In-House Community his methods of motivation, what makes external counsel stand out to him and why 'phoning it in' is never the answer.