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Beware of rigid and over-regulated disciplinary procedures
25 March 2019 Employment

Beware of rigid and over-regulated disciplinary procedures

Employers with rigid and over-regulated disciplinary procedures which form part of a collective agreement or employees’ terms and condition of employment, face the risk that non-compliance with these procedures may result in severe consequences including, disciplinary hearings being of no force or effect and/or a finding that they have waived their right to discipline employees.

Strategic Structuring – structuring African business to ensure maximum efficiency and minimal risk
20 March 2019 Corporate & Commercial

Strategic Structuring – structuring African business to ensure maximum efficiency and minimal risk

Deepa Vallabh, Corporate and Commercial Director & Head, Cross-Border M&A: Africa & Asia, participated in a webinar where she discussed "Strategic Structuring – structuring African business to ensure maximum efficiency and minimal risk". The Webinar provided an in-depth look at the investment structures that foreign investors can use to minimise risk and increase efficiency in their African investments.

Business rescue and the “costs” of an ulterior motive
20 March 2019 Business Rescue, Restructuring & Insolvency

Business rescue and the “costs” of an ulterior motive

It is trite that the purpose of business rescue proceedings is to rehabilitate companies that have fallen on hard times, with a hope of either rescuing them or to provide a better return to creditors than what they would receive on a liquidation. This was reiterated in the recent Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) judgment of Van Staden and Others NNO v Pro-Wiz (Pty) Ltd (412/2018) [2019] ZASCA 7 (8 March 2019).

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Pull your weight, but only in moderation - the exercise of weighted voting power by developers of sectional title schemes
12 March 2019 Real Estate

Pull your weight, but only in moderation - the exercise of weighted voting power by developers of sectional title schemes

In the recent case of Wilhelm Schreck Croucamp and Others v Hazeldean Retreat Partnership and Others, the High Court considered the lawfulness of the exercise by the developer of a sectional title retirement estate of its weighted voting power in the passing of a resolution to reappoint a particular healthcare provider in terms of a service provision agreement for the purposes of providing frail care services to the residents of the development.

UNCO publishes terms of reference seeking a joint venture partner for the development and management of a refined products storage terminal
12 March 2019 Oil & Gas

UNCO publishes terms of reference seeking a joint venture partner for the development and management of a refined products storage terminal

The Uganda National Oil Company (UNOC) has published terms of reference for an expression of interest in the development and management of a 320 million litre refined products storage terminal to be known as Kampala Storage Terminal (KST). The Government of Uganda has, through its Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, acquired land near the city of Kampala for the purposes of the storage terminal.

Ground-breaking draft legislation aligns SA banks with the rest of the G20
11 March 2019 Finance & Banking

Ground-breaking draft legislation aligns SA banks with the rest of the G20

A revised draft of the Financial Matters Amendment Bill (Bill) has been made available by the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Finance (SCoF). If enacted, the Bill will update the South African Insolvency Act so that it aligns with the new laws that regulate the trading of over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives. This change has been welcomed by banks and financial institutions alike and will go a long way to facilitating the exchange of bilateral initial margin.

Labour Laws in Africa
11 March 2019 Employment

Labour Laws in Africa

While expanding into Africa presents corporates with great opportunities, such strategic moves present challenges too. An often underestimated one: the different and heavily regulated labour law frameworks within the African continent. This guide aims to lessen this burden, unpacking the labour law nuances within 15 key development jurisdictions.

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Best Lawyers 2016 in South Africa
21 October 2015

Best Lawyers 2016 in South Africa

The seventh edition of Best Lawyers in South Africa has been released and Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr’s (CDH) lawyers have once again featured prominently on the list. Most notably, David Thompson is the Best Lawyers’ 2015 Cape Town Mergers & Acquisitions Lawyer of the Year and Peter Hesseling is Best Lawyers’ 2015 Cape Town Corporate Lawyer of the Year.

Uber: Convenience vs controversy
6 October 2015 Insurance Law

Uber: Convenience vs controversy

Members of public are increasingly making use of the convenient service offered by Uber. While this is undeniably an essential service, questions arise as to its legitimacy and whether this service is not already on offer by existing legitimate transportation services. The latter consideration sparked conflict between Uber service providers and the metered taxi industry and the issue was also recently debated in National Parliament.

Women in the workplace need flexibility and engagement
12 August 2015 Competition

Women in the workplace need flexibility and engagement

The work life balance does not exist and life is a juggling act. However, flexibility can make the juggling easier and it is this flexibility, alongside an open dialogue, that is proving invaluable for career women who also want to be there for their families.

Our new journey as we close the chapter on our formal alliance with dla piper
7 August 2015

Our new journey as we close the chapter on our formal alliance with dla piper

After a very successful partnership with DLA Piper over many years, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr's partners have decided against a fuller integration with DLA Piper. Both CDH and DLA Piper have therefore concluded that their respective interests and strategies, internationally and on the African continent, are best delivered separately and so our formal alliance comes to an end on 31 August 2015.

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The Sun International CEO Sleepout
19 July 2016

The Sun International CEO Sleepout

Gasant Orrie, Cape Managing Partner, shares CDH's involvement in the Sun International CEO Sleepout initiative and challenges other corporates in the industry to partake in the project.

Retrenchment processes by employers
2 June 2016 Employment

Retrenchment processes by employers

Aadil Patel, director and national practice head for the Employment practice talks about ways for companies to retrench and cut costs within the right side of the law.

Employee behaviour on social media
16 May 2016 Employment

Employee behaviour on social media

Samiksha Singh, a Partner in the Employment practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr (CDH) provides critical insights into the employer-employee relationship; and how an employee's improper behaviour on-line may result in their employer taking action against them. Samiksha, a social media legal expert, provides a stimulating and current insight into this rapidly changing landscape and how both employers and employees need to proceed to avoid costly pitfalls.