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New judgment shows that electronic contracts are becoming more acceptable in SA law

On 1 June 2023, the Johannesburg High Court published its judgment in the matter of FirstRand Bank Limited t/a Wesbank v Leon Gregory Govendor (we note that the spelling of “Govendor” in the neutral citation is different to that used in the ci..

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Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie

An Overview of the Finance Act 2023

The Finance Act 2023 (the “FA 2023”) was signed into law by former President Muhammadu 
Buhari on 28 May 2023, prior to his leaving office. The FA 2023 takes effect from 28 May 
2023, and it replaces the Finance Bill 2022 (“FB 2022”), which had been circul..

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Clyde & Co.

Intellectual property in Tanzania: Trade mark distinctiveness

Trade mark distinctiveness is a crucial element to consider when creating a strong brand identity for products or services. A strong trade mark has the potential to enhance a company's reputation and sway consumer choices. It is not just the marketing appeal that ma..

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MMAN Advocates

The Evolving Regulatory Landscape of Climate Change in Kenya

Climate change poses significant challenges to Kenya, impacting various sectors such as agriculture, water resources, health, and infrastructure. The country is vulnerable to droughts, floods, and extreme weather events, which have adverse effects on food security, water ..

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Unmasking trust ownership: The introduction of beneficial ownership registers in South Africa

Between April 2019 and June 2021, South Africa underwent a mutual evaluation of its anti-money laundering and counter-financing of terrorism controls, which culminated in the publication of the Mutual Evaluation Report (“MER”) by t..

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Adams & Adams

Back to College at the Supreme Court of Appeal

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) of South Africa recently delivered a judgment in a trade mark infringement case between iCollege (Pty) Ltd (“iCollege”) and Xpertease Skills Development and Mentoring CC (“Xpertease”). The Court found that Xpertease’s use of a mark that c..

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N. Dowuona & Company

Proposed Domestic Revenue Mobilization Policies under the IMF Extended Credit Facility

The Government of Ghana is taking steps to address the challenges of domestic revenue mobilization and achieve the objectives of the IMF Extended Credit Facility Program. The government is preparing a Medium-Term Revenue Strategy (MTRS) that will focus on tax policy and r..

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Olaniwun Ajayi

Nigeria’s New Arbitration and Mediation Act 2023 – A Competitive Edge To Arbitration In Nigeria

A new national arbitration law, the Arbitration and Mediation Act, 2023 (the AMA), came into force in Nigeria on 26 May 2023, replacing the Arbitration and Conciliation Act (the ACA) that had remained unchanged for over three decades. Here are some notable features of the..

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The What and Why of Nigeria’s Grey Listing by the Financial Action Task Force and its Implications on Businesses Operating in Nigeria

This designation indicates increased monitoring by FATF as both countries actively work to address strategic deficiencies in combating money laundering, terrorist financing, and proliferation financing.

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