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South Africa on a clear path to benefit from trade in manufactured goods with other African countries

By Virusha Subban, Partner Specialising in Customs and Trade, Baker McKenzie Johannesburg President Cyril Ramaphosa outlined the country’s Economic Recovery Plan on Thursday 15 October...

All That Glitters Is Not Gold: The Slow Uptake of The Covid-19 Loan Guarantee Scheme in South Africa  

Chantel van Zyl, Senior Associate, and Penjani Mseteka, Associate, Banking and Finance Practice, Baker McKenzie, Johannesburg Following the economic downturn and immense pressure placed on businesses...

The first deal under AfCFTA gets under way as negotiators adapt to new virtual reality

By Virusha Subban, Partner specialising in Customs and Excise at Baker McKenzie in Johannesburg The African Union (AU) announced in August that negotiations around the...

Focused intervention is critical in the fight against HIV and AIDS in Tanzania

The incidence of AIDS-related deaths has halved in Tanzania since 2019, however the disease is still at epidemic proportions, with an estimated 1.6 million...

Locking Down Legal Proceedings During COVID-19

By Darryl Bernstein, Partner and Head of the Dispute Resolution Practice, Rui Lopes, Associate, and Nothando Mthimkhulu, Candidate Attorney, Dispute Resolution Practice, Baker McKenzie Johannesburg There is...

The COVID-19 situation as vector to the emergence of an SME based economic model in Mauritius

By Rishi Foolell, Freelance Management Consultant and Trainer with a background in BPO Bridging the socio-economic gap in anticipation to catalyzing national economy and exalting...

African competition authorities respond to the COVID-19 crisis

Lerisha Naidu, Partner, Sphesihle Nxumalo, Associate, and Thato Mkhize, Candidate Attorney, Competition and Antitrust Practice, Baker McKenzie, Johannesburg The substantial increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases...

COVID-19 – Corporate Compliance and Investigations in a Virtual World

By Darryl Bernstein, Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution, Wian Steyn, Senior Associate and JJ van der Walt, Associate, Baker McKenzie, Johannesburg There has been an...

South Africa: Excessive pricing or excessive prosecution? An analysis of the Competition Commission’s attack on COVID-19-related price gouging

By Lerisha Naidu, Partner, and Ryan Mckerrow, Associate, Competition Practice,  Baker McKenzie, Johannesburg The Competition Commission of South Africa (commission) is renowned for being one...

CFOs in Africa take steps to provide safe working environment for their employees – PwC Africa CFO Pulse Survey

Dion Shango, CEO for PwC Africa As governments in Africa start to ease lockdown restrictions and reopen local economies, CFOs are focusing on plans to...

South Africa: Competition Law in a Virtual World – what will the future hold

By Lerisha Naidu, Partner, and Ryan McKerrow, Associate, Competition & Antitrust Practice, Baker McKenzie, Johannesburg A Virtual Approach to Competition Law The Competition Commission in South...

Covid-19: Pressure points: a consideration of factors that may influence merger control involving distressed firms following the Covid-19 pandemic (South Africa)

Nick Altini, Leana Engelbrecht, Sandhya Foster (with research assistance from Lauren Paxton) Competition, Regulation and Trade Practice, Herbert Smith Freehills, Johannesburg Competition, Regulation and Trade...

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By Wildu du Plessis, Head of Africa, Baker McKenzie  As African businesses begin to recover and build the necessary resilience to successfully navigate COVID-19 disruption,...

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The growing need to enforce court judgments and arbitration awards across borders  

By Darryl Bernstein, Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution, Baker McKenzie, Johannesburg  There have been sustained efforts to improve the enforcement of foreign judgments and...

African banks – finding balance between post-pandemic challenges and opportunities

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