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DLA Piper

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The firm

DLA Piper is a global law firm that provides its clients with legal and business solutions locally, regionally and internationally using integrated teams of lawyers with experience that spans a broad range of disciplines. DLA Piper is widely recognised for its pioneering approach and extensive geographic reach, which enables the practice to look after the business issues that matter to its clients – whether they are large or small. Clients of DLA Piper include single-owner startups, local and household name companies, multinationals, financial institutions, FTSE and Fortune 500 enterprises and their subsidiaries, public bodies and governments.

DLA Piper South Africa’s clients range from local, multinational, JSE listed companies, Global 1000 and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies developing industry-leading technologies. The firm is a trusted advisor to clients across South Africa and the region, those looking to expand their operations locally, regionally and internationally. Clients benefit from its international view of the market, international standards, work processes, sector insights and short lines of communication with international colleagues.

Areas of practice

Finance and projects: the firm gathers a large range of capabilities, from general banking and finance to derivatives, financial services/regulatory and debt capital markets, project finance as well as leverage acquisition finance (acting either for senior/mezzanine lenders or for the sponsor/borrower), corporate finance and LBO debt restructuring.

Corporate/M&A and private equity: the firm is skilled in all aspects of M&A work, including public takeovers, auction processes and joint ventures, and represents purchasers, sellers, targets, banks and management teams in public and private M&A and private equity transactions.

Competition: the firm offers support to both local and international firms on South African and African merger control, having worked in South Africa, COMESA, Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland, Mauritius, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Kenya. It has advised on the merger control requirements in almost all other African jurisdictions with merger control legislation, including Cameroon, Egypt, Malawi, Seychelles, EAC, CEMAC, ECOWAS and WAEMU.

Tax: the firm advises on a wide variety of local and international tax and exchange control matters, with a particular focus on transaction-based tax and businesses’ tax issues.

  • Other offices
  • Multiple offices throughout:
  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • China
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • New Zealand
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Scandinavia
  • Russia
  • UAE
  • UK and USA
  • Individual offices in:
  • Amsterdam
  • Bangkok
  • Bratislava
  • Bucharest
  • Budapest
  • Casablanca
  • Doha
  • Kuwait City
  • Kiev
  • Luxembourg
  • Madrid
  • Mexico City
  • Muscat
  • Paris
  • Prague
  • San Juan
  • São Paulo
  • Seoul
  • Singapore
  • Tokyo
  • Vienna
  • Warsaw
  • Number of lawyers: 4,500
  • at this office: 23
  • Languages
  • English
  • Afrikaans

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Legal Developments by:
DLA Piper LLP (US)

  • Sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter

    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

    - DLA Piper UK LLP

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