RSM South Africa

Legal advisory

We provide a comprehensive range of legal commercial services to our local and international clients.  Using a multi–disciplinary approach, we provide our clients with a holistic solution to their business requirements, focusing on all of their legal commercial requirements, which then, in turn, involves our other service offerings such as tax, accounting, IFRS and corporate statutory services. Our clients appreciate our personal involvement in every aspect of their matter and their business dealings, and the fact that we go that extra mile to ensure that we are with them every step of the way.

Our legal commercial services include establishing the South African operations, deal structuring, negotiating the transactions, drawing and finalising the legal commercial agreements, particularly in the areas of:

  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Corporate Restructures 
  • Broad Based black Economic Empowerment Transactions
  • Property Transactions
  • Trusts
  • Various other types of commercial transactions


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.   In particular, we advised Goba, a mid-sized engineering firm, on its merger with Hatch, we acted for the management of Servest in the 51% acquisition by Kagiso Tiso Holdings of the Servest Group, we acted for Plasson Limited in the acquisition of its South African distributor, we acted for LYT Architects in the management buyout from Basil Read Limited, we represent a large pharmaceutical group and a large agricultural group in advising on their respective businesses and acquisitions.

As experts on the Companies Act and Corporate Governance, we regularly advise our clients 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.