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Summary: SARS v Mark Beginsel NO and Others

Oct 22, 2018

On 31 October 2012 an important decision on the ranking of creditors’ votes on a business rescue plan was handed down in the Western Cape High Court. This was in the matter of Commissioner: Sars v Mark Beginsel NO and Others. In terms of Section 99 of the Insolvency Act, No 24 of 1936 ("the Insolvency Act"), SARS is regarded as a preferred creditor in the winding up process. The issue before

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Issuing the authorised but unissued shares to an investor

Oct 22, 2018

In most instances a company in business rescue will require post commencement financing. A potential investor or post commencement financier may come along with an offer to invest in the company and in return, subscribing for all the authorised but unissued ordinary shares in the company. The question arises as to whether the business rescue practitioner: has the power to issue the authorise

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Summary of Relevant Provisions of Chapter 6 : Business Rescue

Oct 22, 2018

  S 129 and 130 Company resolution to begin BRP: If a company is financially distressed and there appears to be a reasonable prospect of rescuing the company, the board may pass a resolution to voluntarily begin BRP and appoint a practitioner. Notice of such a resolution and appointment must be sent to all affected persons. After the adoption of such a resolution, but before the adop

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Business Rescue: Areas of Concern For Banks

Oct 22, 2018

Post-commencement financing (i.e. will there be a willingness on the part of banks and financial institutions to provide post-commencement finance during BRP? If so, will a company under supervision have the requisite assets to provide security for continued funding? Many of the company's assets might already be encumbered at the time proceedings commence);   The practitioner's di

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Amendments to Approved Business Rescue Plans and making provision for Dispute Resolution Mechanisms in the Business Rescue Plan

Oct 22, 2018

  Chapter 6 of the Companies Act 71 of 2008 ("the Act") is silent in relation to amendments of a business rescue plan after it has already been approved. The Act further does not empower the Business Rescue Practitioner to deal with nor does it set out the manner in which potential disputes, which may arise after a business rescue plan has been approved, are to be resolved.   Se

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The Internet Bill of Rights

Oct 22, 2018

The Internet Bill of Rights US Rep. Ro Khanna unveiled plans for an internet Bill of Rights earlier this month (October 2018) and introduced what he believed was some of the basic principles to be proposed in the legislation. The article first surfaced in the New York Times on the 4th of October 2018. Khanna several principles for the proposed internet Bill of Rights. Of importance, Khanna wi

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A quick look at Shrink Wrap and Click Wrap Agreements

Jun 27, 2017

Are what are commonly known as “click-wrap” or “shrinkwrap” software licenses enforceable? If so, under what conditions? Specifically, what is the outcome if a contract is silent with respect to the license of software, but software is delivered and accepted with a license? Similarly, are “web wrap” licenses enforceable (i.e., licenses presented to the customer at time of download of s

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The Biggest Data Breach Settlement In History: A Forewarning to South African based companies.

Jun 27, 2017

Anthem the U.S based Medical Insurance and Health Care company with a reported turnover of $80 billion and a net income of $2.26 Billion in 2016 has made now made history, but for the wrong reasons. Anthem has been the subject of contentious litigation in past two years, over a hacking of its data in 2015. The breach compromised 79 million customers personal information. Anthem said in Febru

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