One of LexBlog’s first South African legal blogs, the Johannesburg Law Voice is a project of Pieter Van der Merwe and Jason Dorning, two commercial business lawyers who provide legal commentary on the blog. Pieter and Jason update readers on the finer details of South African law as it pertains to acquisitions, business structures, structured finance transactions, joint ventures, and trade transactions. While the readers of such subject matter have the potential to become mired in legalese, both Jason and Pieter keep their writing accessible to all readers of the blog.
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The ownership of a corporation lies on the individuals or entities that have shares in the business. The ownership is divided in terms of shares. The shares are attested through a certificate that states the unit of ownership in the business. This share represents the stake of a shareholder in the...
A corporation is an entity owned by individuals whose interest is for profit in the business that the corporation is engaged in. Each corporation divides the ownership in terms of shares to its shareholders. Shares are represented by a certificate attesting the unit of ownership not just in...
A joint venture is a legal agreement involving parties interested in engaging in a particular business purpose. This agreement results to the sharing of all profits and losses in relation to the business undertaking. This legal relationship between two or more parties is different from a...
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Things can be stressful when a company risks losing the business. This can be seen in financial statements and day to day monitoring of cash flows and income reports. Businesses need to recognise the indicators of imminent bankruptcy and should take steps to save the situation by considering some...
Companies can experience a period where they consider whether is is viable to proceed with operation or file for bankruptcy. If, after careful consideration of circumstances, the former is the best business decision, the course of action is corporate restructuring. This involves a focused effort to...
Private company mergers and acquisitions, or M&A, is an interesting business and legal area to understand especially for those who have intentions of either selling their companies, or merging with an existing one, or those who are interested in investment without having to start from scratch....
A merger and acquisition is a big step, creating bigger companies from smaller ones. News about M&A can affect the corporate investment and finance world because of the impact on the financial environment. M&A is a rigid process that starts with determining the benefits of taking over one...
Private Company Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) is the merging of two or more private companies or similar entities. Private Company M&A deals with the buying, selling or acquiring of shares in private companies and / or businesses, and the dividing and combining of these business...
As the May 2013 deadline looms, companies are advised to ensure they comply as exceptions are unlikely. Smaller companies may not be aware of what is expected of them before May 2013 Large corporates generally have the resources to ensure compliance with changes in legislation and...