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A burning issue: National Treasury releases the revised Draft Regulations on the Carbon Offset
16 November 2018 Tax & Exchange Control

A burning issue: National Treasury releases the revised Draft Regulations on the Carbon Offset

On 12 November 2018, National Treasury (NT) published the revised Draft Regulation on the Carbon Offset (Draft Regulations) for a second round of public comment. The Regulations were published with the Explanatory Note for the Draft Regulation on the Carbon Offset (Explanatory Note) and a Media Statement dealing with the publication of the Draft Regulations and Explanatory Note (Media Statement). According to the Media Statement, the Minister of Finance recently announced the implementation of carbon tax effective from 1 June 2019. A key design feature of the carbon tax is the carbon offset allowance, which the Draft Regulations deal with.

Shareholder activism, here to stay
14 November 2018 Corporate & Commercial

Shareholder activism, here to stay

“Shareholder activism is not a privilege – it is a right and a responsibility. When we invest in a company, we own part of the company and we are partly responsible for how that company progresses. If we believe there is something going wrong with the company, then we, as shareholders, must become active and vocal” – renowned emerging markets investor, Mark Mobius, 2014.

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A burning issue: National Treasury releases the revised Draft Regulations on the Carbon Offset
16 November 2018 Tax & Exchange Control

A burning issue: National Treasury releases the revised Draft Regulations on the Carbon Offset

On 12 November 2018, National Treasury (NT) published the revised Draft Regulation on the Carbon Offset (Draft Regulations) for a second round of public comment. The Regulations were published with the Explanatory Note for the Draft Regulation on the Carbon Offset (Explanatory Note) and a Media Statement dealing with the publication of the Draft Regulations and Explanatory Note (Media Statement). According to the Media Statement, the Minister of Finance recently announced the implementation of carbon tax effective from 1 June 2019. A key design feature of the carbon tax is the carbon offset allowance, which the Draft Regulations deal with.

Shareholder activism, here to stay
14 November 2018 Corporate & Commercial

Shareholder activism, here to stay

“Shareholder activism is not a privilege – it is a right and a responsibility. When we invest in a company, we own part of the company and we are partly responsible for how that company progresses. If we believe there is something going wrong with the company, then we, as shareholders, must become active and vocal” – renowned emerging markets investor, Mark Mobius, 2014.

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5 legal tips for start-ups
25 October 2018 Corporate & Commercial

5 legal tips for start-ups

Many highly successful start-ups are bedevilled by legal disputes, often between founders or funders, which could have been easily avoided. The story of McDonalds is one example. It was founded by brothers, Richard and Maurice McDonald, who were ultimately allegedly short-changed by Raymond Albert "Ray" Kroc, who joined the business after its establishment but took all the glory (and the money). How? Because they did not put legal agreements in place to regulate their partnership.

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Shane Johnson appeared on SABC News
13 November 2018 Employment

Shane Johnson appeared on SABC News

Professional Support Lawyer for the Employment practice, Shane Johnson, joined SABC News to elaborate on reports that economic factors like recession make South African businesses further disposed to widespread retrenchments.

What do we mean by a
31 October 2018 Dispute Resolution

What do we mean by a "qualifying investment" in a host state?

Once a party demonstrates that it is a qualifying investor (as discussed in an earlier instalment), under an investment treaty or the foreign investment laws of a host state, the assessment turns to whether the party has a so-called "qualifying investment" in the host state. In this instalment, Jackwell Feris highlights that without an investment being deemed as a "qualifying investment" in a host state, a qualifying investor will not derive any protection for such investment under an investment treaty or under certain instances the foreign investment laws of the host state.

What do we mean by
24 October 2018 Dispute Resolution

What do we mean by "qualifying investor" for investment protection?

In this instalment, Director Jackwell Feris discusses the concept of "qualifying investor" for purpose of deriving protection for an investment made by a national of one contracting state in the territory of another contracting state to an investment treaty or under certain instances the foreign investment laws of a host state.

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