Digital Transformation in Africa

As part of our virtual events planned to take place this week, we were delighted to host our live webinar on Digital Transformation in Africa on 27 May. Journalist and BBC presenter, Lerato Mbele moderated the discussion with members of our digital law team, Martin Hevey, Alexandra Neri and Rohan Isaacs. The panel opened with introducing digital transformation and the shape … Read more

AN INTERVIEW WITH HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS LLP DISCUSSING M&A IN AFRICA

Lexology GTDT Market Intelligence provides a unique perspective on evolving legal and regulatory landscapes. This interview is taken from the M&A volume featuring discussion and analysis of legal developments, keynote deals as well as an insight into typical transactions within key jurisdictions worldwide. 1. What trends are you seeing in overall activity levels for mergers … Read more

AfCFTA PROTOCOL MUST PROVIDE A FAIR REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT AND PROTECTION FOR INVESTORS

Authors: Peter Leon, Ernst Muller and Natasha Rachwal Negotiators have an opportunity to fashion a regime that supports modern investment policies by promoting sustainable development.  With less than three months before the expected conclusion of negotiations on the African Continental Free Trade Area’s (AfCFTA) protocol on investment increasing attention is being paid to the protocol’s … Read more

EXPERIAN HACK: PROMULGATION OF CYBERCRIMES BILL WILL TIGHTEN NOOSE ON HACKERS

Authors: Rohan Isaacs and Tatum Govender Less than 2 months after the commencement of the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI), South Africa has suffered a massive data breach. Approximately 24 million individuals and 800 000 companies have had their personal information held by the credit bureau Experian hacked. Under POPI, Experian is required to … Read more

POPI COMMENCEMENT DATE ANNOUNCED – HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Authors: Rohan Isaacs and Tatum Govender The President has (finally!) announced that the operative provisions of the Protection of Personal Information Act, 2013 will come into force on 1 July 2020. What is POPI? POPI is South Africa’s data privacy law and it stands for the Protection of Personal Information Act, 2013. It is sometimes … Read more

DO’S AND DON’TS FOR ONLINE AND TELEPHONIC RETAILERS

Authors: Rohan Isaacs and Tatum Govender Although the country is moving to level 3, more and more suppliers had already turned to online or telephonic sales to get their businesses starting up again. This is because these types of sales were largely permitted during level 4, in terms of directions issued on 14 May, and … Read more

DO’S AND DON’TS FOR CUSTOMERS OF ONLINE AND TELEPHONIC RETAILERS

Authors: Rohan Isaacs and Tatum Govender Although the country is moving to level 3, more and more suppliers had already turned to online or telephonic sales to get their businesses starting up again. This is because these types of sales were largely permitted during level 4, in terms of directions issued on 14 May, and … Read more

THE VALUE OF NIGERIAN FINTECHS IN A GLOBAL PANDEMIC

Author: Ifeoluwa Ogunbufunmi, Banwo & Ighodalo  As the world braces for a “new normal” in the face of the global pandemic – COVID-19 – financial technology companies (“FinTechs”) have proved that “digital” is the new look for the financial sector in Nigeria. On March 30, 2020, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari issued a lockdown order directing the … Read more