Corporate Governance

We provide a full corporate governance and regulation service within the Corporate and Commercial practice, which has local and global corporate governance expertise.

Corporate Governance

In recognising the evolving needs of our local and global clients who are expanding their business operations on the continent and further afield as well as the increased governance risks, we provide a full corporate governance and regulation service within the Corporate and Commercial practice, which has local and global corporate governance expertise.

Our services include:

  • Advice on corporate governance and directors' duties under King III and the new Companies Act, No 71 of 2008.
  • Compliance and governance briefings to boards and senior management on the legal, compliance and governance obligations imposed on directors.
  • Review and design of internal documents, systems and processes to ensure compliance.
  • Review of corporate governance structures within the compliance framework.
  • Tailor-made presentations, training sessions and compliance familiarisation seminars for board members and prescribed officers.
  • Advice on risk assessment and implementing risk-mitigating measures relating to:
    • Directors' duties.
    • Prescribed officers' duties.
    • Governance of tax affairs.
    • Duties relating to environmental issues.
    • Information technology governance.
    • Anti-corruption requirements.
    • Media and telecommunication compliance.

Ranked Practitioners

  • Willem Jacobs is the National Practice Head of the Corporate & Commercial team. Chambers Global 2014–2019 ranked Willem in Band 2 for corporate/M&A. The Legal 500 EMEA 2016–2018 recommended him as a leading individual for commercial, corporate/M&A. Willem was also recommended in 2012–2016 for mining; as well as commercial, corporate and M&A. Best Lawyers International 2008–2019 listed him for corporate law and mergers and acquisitions law. IFLR1000 2018 and 2019 recommended Willem as a highly regarded lawyer for M&A and private equity. IFLR1000 2011–2015 and 2017 recommended him as a leading lawyer in this area. Who’s Who Legal 2019 ranked Willem as a leading lawyer in M&A and Governance. Who’s Who Legal 2017–2018 identified Willem as a leading lawyer for M&A. He was identified as a leading lawyer by The International Who’s Who of Mergers & Acquisitions Lawyers 2014 and was identified in The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers 2014.

  • Chambers Global 2015–2019 ranked David Thompson in Band 4 for corporate/M&A. Best Lawyers International 2008–2019 listed him for corporate law and mergers and acquisitions law. Best Lawyers International 2016 listed him as the Lawyer of the Year (Cape Town) for mergers and acquisition law, in 2015 as Lawyer of the Year (Cape Town) for Corporate Law and in 2014 as Lawyer of the Year (Cape Town) for mergers and acquisition law.

  • The Legal 500 EMEA 2018 recommended Gasant Orrie for commercial, corporate/M&A. Best Lawyers International 2010–2019 listed him for corporate law and mergers and acquisitions law.

  • Best Lawyers International 2018-2019 listed Tessa Brewis for corporate law and mergers and acquisitions law.

  • Best Lawyers International 2018-2019 listed André de Lange for mergers and acquisitions law.

  • Best Lawyers International 2019 listed Werner de Waal for Mergers & Acquisition Law. The Legal 500 listed Werner for Corporate and Commercial.

  • The Legal 500 EMEA 2018 recommended John Gillmer for commercial, corporate/M&A.

  • IFLR1000 2018 and 2019 recommended Yaniv Kleitman as a notable practitioner.

  • The Legal 500 EMEA 2012 recommended Jo Neser for commercial, corporate/M&A. Best Lawyers International 2010–2019 listed him for corporate law and mergers and acquisitions law. Jo was identified as a leading lawyer by Who’s Who Legal: Franchise for 2017. He was identified as a leading lawyer by The International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers 2013-2017 and The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers 2014.

  • Best Lawyers International 2010–2019 listed Francis Newham for corporate law and mergers and acquisitions law and in 2017 listed him as Lawyer of the Year for mergers and acquisitions law. IFLR1000 2018 and 2019 recommended Francis as a notable practitioner.