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Shipping and Logistics
Getting the Deal Through - Ports & Terminals 2016

We are pleased to advise that South African members of our pan-African Ports, Terminals and Logistics Corridors (PTLC) sector group have exclusively contributed the chapter covering South Africa in the inaugural issue of Getting the Deal Through Ports & Terminals 2016, a comparative Q&A guide addressing relevant and topical issues relating to ports and terminals in 22 jurisdictions.

In the South Africa chapter, you will find some of our insights relating to, amongst others: public procurement and public private partnership, port operations, port development and construction and the legislative framework and regulations affecting the ports and terminals sector. Examples of the type of questions considered include: the criteria considered when awarding award port concessions in South Africa; and how port authorities in South Africa oversee terminal operations.

Employment Law
Annuitisation of provident funds in terms of the Taxation Laws Amendment Bill

On 27 October 2015, National Treasury (NT) released a media statement with an urgent request for public comments regarding whether the introduction of compulsory annuitisation of retirement savings in provident funds should be delayed. The public was given only a week to comment.

General News
Bowman Gilfillan Africa Groupís Alan Keep named Managing Partner of the Year by Law Digest Africa

Alan Keep, managing partner of the Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group has been named Managing Partner of the Year by Law Digest Africa.

Employment Law
No man can serve two masters

In the recent matter between Assign Services v the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (the CCMA) & Others, handed down on 8 September 2015, the Labour Court, considered, inter alia, the interpretation of the deeming provision contained in section 198A(3)(b) of the Labour Relations Act 66 of 1995 (the LRA).

Oil And Gas
Oil and Gas in Africa: regulatory certainty is key to investors

Industry and legal experts are of the view that, while a substantial drop in the oil price in the past year has led to exploration and production companies re-assessing investment decisions in the short-term, there is significant potential in the African oil and gas sector over the long-term. It is clear that Africa remains an attractive option, despite a number of challenges, when compared to other global opportunities for investment in the sector. However, regulatory uncertainty across the region is a critical issue and operates as a disincentive to investors.

General News
Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group walks away with two trophies at the prestigious African Legal Awards

Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group was one of a limited number of firms that walked away with more than one award at the prestigious African Legal Awards hosted by Legal Week and the Corporate Lawyers Association of South Africa in Johannesburg on Friday last week (16 October 2015). The firm received the awards for Competition and Regulatory Team of the Year and IP Team of the Year.

Shipping and Logistics
High Court clarifies effect of arrest in rem pending appeal

Until the recent Cape Town High Court decision in The mv Asturcon v Afriline Denizcilik, there had been uncertainty about the effect of an application for leave to appeal the setting aside of an arrest in rem.

General News
Delegates from across Africa attend round table on insolvency legislation and financial stability

A lack of effective insolvency legislation is still hindering investment in many parts of Africa. This issue, and ways to implement effective legislation, was under discussion at the Africa Round Table held in Cape Town last week. The Africa Round Table is an annual project founded by Insol International and the World Bank Group.

General News
Bowman Gilfillan Africa Groupís Africa-wide experience is recognised by IFLR1000

Bowman Gilfillan Africa Groupís expertise has been recognised in IFLR1000ís Financial and Corporate Guide.

The firmís South Africa office was rated tier 1 in the Capital Markets, Competition and M&A practice areas and tier 2 in the Banking and Project Finance categories.

General News
Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group gears up to meet growing client requirements in Africa

Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group welcomes John Bellew and James Westgate to the Private Equity team.

Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group has appointed a team of high-profile specialists in a strategic move to bolster its existing multi-skilled private equity offering. John Bellew and James Westgate will join Bowman Gilfillan African Group as partners and Timothy McDougall as a senior associate, with effect from 1 October. Bellew will head the firmís Private Equity Sector Group.

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