Our team provides practical and commercial advice to our clients, which include farming operations, agricultural representative organisations, agricultural service companies and agribusiness companies; to help them achieve their business objectives, protect existing interests and maximise opportunities.
Our services spread across the following practice areas:
Corporate & Commercial
Our Corporate & Commercial practice specialises in corporate law, corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions, and provides general commercial law related services and advice. Our clients reap the benefit of working with leading corporate and commercial law specialists who have advised a number of multinational and local companies on establishing and building their presence in the South African agricultural market, and who have long-standing relationships with clients in the agri sector.
Our Competition practice is experienced in advising clients on all competition law issues, including prohibited practice litigation, general compliance, corporate leniency, exemption applications and merger notifications.
Our Environmental practice specialises in a wide range of environmental, energy, land use, water rights, mining rights, administrative and regulatory issues.
Our Employment practice has extensive experience in all aspects of employment law, including drafting contracts of employment and employee policies and procedures, advising on restructuring and retrenchments, advising on the employment law implications of the transfer of a business as a going concern, and conducting due diligence exercises from an employment law perspective.
Our Real Estate practice has assisted in a full range of land matters ranging from conveyancing to funding and opinion assistance. Our Real Estate specialists advise on every component of a property transaction, including commercial and private or residential real estate acquisitions and disposals, property finance, leasing, management and disputes, structuring, restructuring, and environmental and permit matters.
Tax & Exchange Control
Our Tax & Exchange Control practice specialises in giving tax and exchange control advice on a wide range of matters that are regulated by South Africa’s extensive tax legislation framework, such as the income tax and VAT legislation, as well as South Africa’s exchange control legislation. The matters we advise on include corporate restructurings, mergers and acquisitions, cross-border transactions, financing transactions, utilisation of tax allowances available to taxpayers, the settlement of disputes with SARS and engaging with the South African Reserve Bank and Authorised Dealers to obtain exchange control approval for transactions. Our clients have the benefit of working with leading Tax & Exchange Control specialists who have advised a number of companies operating in the agricultural sector about structuring their affairs in the most efficient manner, while ensuring that they comply with the applicable legal framework.
Our Dispute Resolution practice has assisted in some of the most sensitive and complex cases and provides an approach that is pragmatic, commercially focused and solution based. Our Dispute Resolution practice partners with clients to identify and execute the most advantageous solutions, either by pursuing or defending arbitration or litigation proceedings, or through alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.