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Compliance forms part of a company's reputation
Compliance forms part of a company's reputation

Compliance with the South African laws and regulations is directly linked to a business's reputation and companies need policies in place to ensure adherence by employees, clients and suppliers...

19 May 2016

Nissan to be fined for emissions cheating in South Korea
Nissan to be fined for emissions cheating in South Korea

South Korea says it will fine Nissan for manipulating emissions data on a popular diesel sports utility vehicle, bringing the Japanese car giant into a widening global scandal...

18 May 2016

Norway sovereign wealth fund to sue Volkswagen: report
Norway sovereign wealth fund to sue Volkswagen: report

LONDON, UK: Norway's sovereign wealth fund, the world's largest, is to sue German carmaker Volkswagen over an emissions-cheating scandal that caused it huge losses, the Financial Times reported Sunday...

17 May 2016

R10m fine for failure to notify Competition Commission of healthcare merger
R10m fine for failure to notify Competition Commission of healthcare merger

Life Healthcare Group and Joint Medical Holdings have agreed to pay an administrative penalty of R10 million - the highest fine ever imposed to date for a failure to notify a merger...

16 May 2016

ASA loses weight debate
ASA loses weight debate

If you don't believe the claims Herbex makes about weight loss, don't bother complaining to the Advertising Standards Authority...

12 May 2016

Coca-Cola bottlers' merger finally approved
Coca-Cola bottlers' merger finally approved

The much delayed merger to create Africa's largest Coca-Cola bottler was finally given the nod on Tuesday by the Competition Tribunal...

By Hilary Joffe 12 May 2016

Competition Commission's further extension application puzzles analysts
Competition Commission's further extension application puzzles analysts

Analysts are at a loss as to why the Competition Commission has asked for a further extension before it makes a recommendation on Anheuser-Busch InBev's (AB InBev) takeover of SABMiller...

By Colleen Goko 11 May 2016

International Arbitration Bill to be introduced
International Arbitration Bill to be introduced

The draft International Arbitration Bill, together with its explanatory memorandum, was published in the Government Gazette on 28 April 2016. The Bill will be introduced into Parliament shortly and will become the International Arbitration Act...

By Jackwell Feris and Jonathan Ripley-Evans 10 May 2016

Understanding anti-avoidance rules in asset-for-share transactions
Understanding anti-avoidance rules in asset-for-share transactions

To prevent tax considerations from discouraging the incorporation of a business, a specific form of 'rollover relief' is available when an asset is exchanged under an 'asset-for-share transaction'...

By Ryan Killoran 10 May 2016

Australia green lights AB InBev mega-takeover of SABMiller
Australia green lights AB InBev mega-takeover of SABMiller

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: Australia's corporate regulator on Thursday, 5 May 2016, approved brewing giant Anheuser-Busch InBev's buyout of rival SABMiller, which is now awaiting the go-ahead from authorities in other key markets including Europe...

9 May 2016

Former CEO sues paint company he founded for R610m
Former CEO sues paint company he founded for R610m

In an unusual turn of events, the former chairman and CEO of KwaZulu-Natal-based paint company Chemical Specialities (Chemspec) is suing the company he founded for R609.5m...

By Shaun Harris 5 May 2016

Signature requirements of the ECT Act
Signature requirements of the ECT Act

The main object of the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act (ECT Act) is to facilitate electronic communications and transactions. One of the subordinate objects is to promote legal certainty...

4 May 2016

Criminal sanctions for cartels
Criminal sanctions for cartels

As of 1 May 2016, the Competition Amendment Act (2009) comes into effect and one of its provisions makes cartel conduct a criminal offence...

By Albert Aukema 26 Apr 2016

Cipla loses patent case, has to withdraw Fiprotec
Cipla loses patent case, has to withdraw Fiprotec

Merial has won a protracted legal battle against Cipla for its infringement of Merial's patent for its Frontline Plus spot on product, an anti-parasitic treatment for dog and cats...

25 Apr 2016

Non-compliance comes at great cost to SA businesses
Non-compliance comes at great cost to SA businesses

South Africa is a highly regulated market which places an onerous burden on corporates to stay abreast of frequent changes in the regulatory landscape...

Issued by LexisNexis 23 Mar 2016

New LexisNexis online store goes live
New LexisNexis online store goes live

LexisNexis' online store provides direct access to purchase law, tax, and financial services publications as well as relevant student books and e-books...

Issued by LexisNexis 17 Mar 2016

African round of ELSA Moot Court competition in Grahamstown
African round of ELSA Moot Court competition in Grahamstown

The third annual African regional round of the ELSA Moot Court Competition, a simulation of a World Trade Organisation (WTO) panel proceeding, will take place at Rhodes University in Grahamstown from 29 March to 1 April 2016...

15 Mar 2016

Reviewing the Franchise Industry Draft Code of Conduct
Reviewing the Franchise Industry Draft Code of Conduct

In late January 2016, the draft Franchise Industry Code of Conduct of South Africa was published in the Government Gazette. Public comments on the draft code had to be submitted by the end of February and the National Consumer Commission will now consider these...

7 Mar 2016

Despite voetstoots clause, contracts can be cancelled
Despite voetstoots clause, contracts can be cancelled

Contracting out of liability for patent and latent defects is commonly described as a voetstoots clause and is often contained in contracts...

By Rosanne Gorven 16 Feb 2016

Thomson Wilks partners French law firm to service mining sector
Thomson Wilks partners French law firm to service mining sector

South African legal firm Thomson Wilks has announced a strategic alliance with French law firm Heenan Paris. The partnership is set to service the mining and infrastructure sectors in Africa...

16 Feb 2016

Marketers, don't eat your words - food labelling, copyright and compliance with the ASA
Marketers, don't eat your words - food labelling, copyright and compliance with the ASA

Do you know which legally compliant food labelling factors to keep in mind when developing and conceptualising trademarks, brand names and related content on packaging for foodstuffs?...

Issued by Knowledge Resources 9 Feb 2016

POPI Act crucial component in addressing cybercrime
POPI Act crucial component in addressing cybercrime

If one considers that between 70% and 80% of South African adults have been victims of cybercrime in their lifetime, the Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act is an essential leap forward in South African legislative terms...

By Leishen Pillay 27 Jan 2016

Another SARS ruling on converting loans into equity
Another SARS ruling on converting loans into equity

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has issued a Binding Private Ruling 213 (Ruling) on the issue of 'converting' loans into share capital...

By Ben Strauss 20 Jan 2016

[BizTrends 2016] Trends in Competition Law in 2016
[BizTrends 2016] Trends in Competition Law in 2016

2016 is set to be an important year in competition law, both in South Africa and on the rest of the continent...

By Lucinda Verster 18 Jan 2016

[BizTrends 2016] Trends in the African private equity space
[BizTrends 2016] Trends in the African private equity space

Private equity deals are growing in east and west Africa, with certain sectors seeing most action than others. Experienced African fund managers are in demand and it looks like it is going to be an exciting year for Private Equity in Africa. Here are some of the key trends we can expect to see in the in 2016...

By John Bellew 18 Jan 2016

Namibia changes commercial legal requirements
Namibia changes commercial legal requirements

The Namibian Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development has published revised merger thresholds for mandatory merger filings in Namibia...

18 Jan 2016

De Beers tackles Asian firm over use of synthetic diamond patent
De Beers tackles Asian firm over use of synthetic diamond patent

De Beers has launched legal action against IIa (pronounced two-a), a Singapore firm, alleging patent infringement in the making of synthetic diamonds...

By Allan Seccombe 14 Jan 2016

Courts will have to decide how to classify hashtag marks
Courts will have to decide how to classify hashtag marks

Can the use of a trademark as a hashtag constitute trademark use? This was one of the questions that arose in the recent case of Eksouzian v Albanese in which the California Central District Court held that hashtags are 'merely descriptive devices, not trademarks'...

11 Jan 2016

US lawsuit turns up heat on VW
US lawsuit turns up heat on VW

The decision by the US government to sue Volkswagen over the massive pollution-cheating scandal turned up the heat on the former paragon of German industry on Tuesday, 5 January, and fuelled speculation about how much the affair will finally cost the embattled auto giant...

8 Jan 2016

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