RSM South Africa

Legal advisory

We provide a comprehensive range of legal advisory services to our local and international clients. Using a multidisciplinary approach, we provide holistic solutions to their business requirements, focusing on legal commercial requirements. This, in turn, involves our other service offerings such as tax, accounting, IFRS and corporate law.

Our clients appreciate our personal involvement in every aspect of their business, and the fact that we go that extra mile to ensure that we’re with them every step of the way. Our international footprint also allows us to work seamlessly with multi-national organisations to ensure compliance. Our key legal commercial services include:

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

RSM’s team supports shareholders, management teams and other interested parties with advice based on their unique goals and circumstances. This includes analysing the risks, threats and opportunities of any merger or acquisition.

We have been involved in a number of high profile and successful mergers and acquisitions in the engineering, beverage, shipping, manufacturing, agriculture, pharmaceutical and chemical sectors. 

CORPORATE RESTRUCTURES 

We provide specialist legal advisory to boards and other stakeholders on the best structures to revive their businesses. We place an emphasis on understanding the needs of the business, the people and its values. We then work together to ensure the most appropriate option is taken to deliver the best results for the business. This includes ownership structures, divestment, business reorganisation, turnaround management, business reviews and new business formation.

Our multidisciplinary approach will ensure that all implications of the restructure are considered. Through our international network we are also able to operate seamlessly on a cross-border level.

BROAD BASED BLACK ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT TRANSACTIONS

The B-BBEE framework is by no means simple, with numerous unintended consequences awaiting entities that do not understand the framework, or do not correctly implement it.

Our skilled staff keep up to date with the latest B-BBEE rules and regulations, and are therefore well placed to offer legal advisory on all aspects of B-BBEE for both local and international clients.

PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS

We understand that a variety of factors and tensions come into play when dealing with complex transactions. Our highly experienced team provide advice that is sound, practical and innovative.

ESTABLISHING SOUTH AFRICAN OPERATIONS

We assist international clients to set up business operations in South Africa, including deal structuring and negotiating transactions, as well as drawing and finalising the legal commercial agreements.

TRUSTS

The trust specialists in our legal team will handle the drafting of the trust deed to meet your objectives and the requirements of the Master of the High Court. In conjunction with our Trusts Department, we will provide you with expertise on the appropriate structure of the trust, including the tax implications and ongoing administration.

VARIOUS OTHER TYPES OF COMMERCIAL TRANSACTIONS

As experts on the Companies Act and Corporate Governance, we regularly offer legal commercial services on:

  • Memorandum of Incorporation
  • Shareholder Agreements
  • Companies Act Compliance “Health Check” for Boards of Directors
  • Board Charters

We also advise our clients on regulatory compliance in terms of the Companies Act, the Competition Act, and other legislation applicable to their business, including Exchange Control.

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