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Claim by shareholders against directors under section 218(2) of Companies Act fails

Shareholders of African Bank Investments Limited failed in their claim for over R720 million against the directors and auditors of African Bank. The plaintiffs sued unsuccessfully under section 218(2) of the Companies Act 2008 alleging that the conduct of the defendants resulted in a loss to the shareholders because of the drop in the share price. The … Continue reading

Proposed changes to financial laws to deal with failing financial institutions

The Draft Financial Sector Laws Amendment Bill has been published for comment. The Bill proposes amendments to various acts including the Insolvency Act, the South African Reserve Bank Act, the Banks Act, the Mutual Banks Act, the Competition Act, the Financial Markets Act and the Insurance Act – with a view to strengthening the ability of … Continue reading

Financial assistance to subsidiaries reviewed in the Companies Amendment Bill: What is ‘its own subsidiary’?

The amendments proposed in the Companies Amendment Bill 2018 have caught the attention of financiers and attorneys in so far as the provision of financial assistance (e.g. providing a loan, guaranteeing a loan, and securing any debt or obligation), to ‘its own subsidiary’ is concerned. The Amendment Bill proposes to amend section 45 by removing … Continue reading

The South African Companies Amendment Bill 2018

The long awaited South African Companies Amendment Bill (Bill) was published on 21 September 2018 for comment. Substantial changes to the South African Companies Act 2008 (Companies Act), which became law in 2011, have been proposed. Comments may be submitted to the SA Department of Trade and Industry by 20 November 2018, and we encourage business to consider … Continue reading

Asset management in South Africa – Ten things to know

1. Licensing of asset managers South African asset managers must register as financial service providers (FSPs) with the Financial Services Board (FSB) under the Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services Act (FAIS). Any person carrying on asset management business in South Africa, or from abroad directed at South African clients, whether in a discretionary or non-discretionary capacity … Continue reading

SARB announces establishment of Fintech programme

The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) has established a Financial Technology (Fintech) programme to assess the emergence of technological innovations in the financial sector and consider their regulatory implications. In a statement issued on 13 February 2018, the SARB stated that it ‘takes a balanced approach to technological innovations, considering the potential benefits and risks … Continue reading

Business rescue asset disposals

An owner whose property is in the possession of another without consent can recover possession by way of vindication (rei vindicatio). But what happens if the person in possession is legally permitted to sell those goods? In EnergyDrive Systems (Pty) Ltd v Tin Can Man (Pty) Ltd the Johannesburg High Court heard a matter dealing with … Continue reading

Islamic finance update – new draft governance standards

The Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI) is an independent Islamic international non-profit body that prepares accounting, auditing, governance, ethics and Shariah standards for Islamic financial institutions and the industry. AAOIFI is respected in the industry and their governance standards are used by many firms globally. The AAOIFI central Shariah board has … Continue reading

Nuclear New Build Programme announced

On 14 December 2016, the Minister of Energy, in consultation with the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA), published the Department of Energy’s determination notice for the Nuclear New Build Programme (Nuclear Programme). The Minister announced that 9 600MW of energy capacity should be procured and generated from nuclear energy under the Nuclear Programme. … Continue reading

Proposed amendments to the JSE Derivatives Rules and Directives

The Financial Services Board, acting in terms of the Financial Markets Act 2012, has published proposed amendments to the JSE Derivatives Rules and Directives. The proposed amendments deal with: The buying and selling of derivative securities; and Derivative transactions that take place off the JSE’s Automatic Trading System (ATS). The ATS is the computerised facility which … Continue reading

Blockchain – our Uber takes on syndicated lending and secondary market trades

In our previous articles in this series we argued that banks can create new markets for themselves in trade finance by providing digitised letters of credit or trade finance instruments for the movement of both digital and physical goods using blockchain. We also highlighted the fact that Barclays, together with the Israeli start-up Wave, may … Continue reading

The LNG-to-Power IPP Procurement Programme Information Memorandum

An information memorandum on the liquefied natural gas (LNG) to power independent power producers procurement programme was published by South Africa’s Department of Energy (DoE) on 5 October 2016. The purpose of this memorandum is to describe the scope of the LNG-to-power IPP Programme for prospective and interested bidders and to highlight the opportunities the programme … Continue reading

Blockchain – in the real world of trade and commodity finance, how will this Uber work?

In our last article in this series we argued that banks can create new markets for themselves in trade finance by providing digitised letters of credit or trade finance instruments for the movement of both digital and physical goods using blockchain. We likened the ease of transacting in this way to the simplicity of ordering … Continue reading

Acceleration clauses and prescription

If a loan is repayable in instalments and includes an acceleration clause that if the debtor defaults on paying any instalment, the creditor is entitled on notice to terminate the loan agreement and claim the full balance outstanding, the debt ordinarily only prescribes three years after the date of the notice claiming the full outstanding … Continue reading
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